Is it worth restoring???

I hear this so many times in a week, people come in with pictures and the first thing they say is “You probably cannot do anything with this picture” or “I don’t think it is worth restoring”.

The truth is that almost all pictures can be improved – from adjusting the contrast, adjusting color or repairing scratches the image will look better.

But is it worth doing anything? From a history point a view MOST DEFINITELY!!! Once an image is gone or destroyed so bad that you cannot tell who or what was there it is to late. So get the image repaired ASAP! Get the image copied or put on a digital back-up that way if the original does get destroyed or lost you have copies.

If you have an image you are not sure about bring it in, I charge nothing to look at the image and let you know what can be done and what it will cost. Plus all the work is done in Lethbridge with the image being digitized while you are waiting so no shipping the image away to get lost.

Photo Restorations
Photo Restorations

Time for a change…….

Once again I wake up and check out the sites that I usually frequent and read about everything in life that I am doing wrong; from what I eat, to what I say and do, to what my desires are to how I operate my business. BUT the strange thing is that those that are writing the posts to put me and others down are usually the ones that have the issues that they are slamming in others.

One person was saying that to operate a successful business that we need to give 200% of ourselves to make that business a success BUT they have had several bankruptcies. Another person says that to be a great photographer we need to push our limits but they admit that they have seen zero growth in their business as they are still trying to do the same thing today as 10 years ago.

Something I try to do daily, weekly, monthly and yearly is to look at what is working in my personal life and business and keep going with it and to see what is not working and to change it. It is not easy but I believe it must be done if we are to keep moving ahead. I keep in the back of my mind the saying “Insanity Is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results”. With the end of 2017 we need to take this to heart and look at what needs to be changed and then do it!!!

As I was typing the name for this post this song came to mind

My favorite pictures from 2017

As usual I have a lot of pictures that I love from the past year but the following three are at the top of my list. Why?  I have no idea other than the amazing colors and my love for photography of old things.  The Bar U ranch is also a place that offers a lot of photo opportunities and few people to interfere with those opportunities.  I was there twice this year once was not good as the smoke covered the area making everything dull and grey.  The second time I was not planning on going but was passing by and it was the last day of the season so we stopped.

Bar U Ranch The flag
Bar U ranch – The old truck
Bar U Ranch Harvest


One of the questions that always comes up when I am teaching is “Do I use JPEG or RAW for shooting images in”? There is sooooo much information out there and most of it is either slightly off or very misleading.

Here is a quick rundown of the differences, If you have any additional questions feel free to ask!

So to start what is the difference between JPEG & RAW?

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Slides – days gone by

Many moons ago I managed a photo lab that also had a slide processor in it. Back in those days some of my clients were the top shooters in the world for nature, ski and commercial magazines. It got me to start shooting slides but truly I was never a slide shooter, it was just not enjoyable for me because to get great prints was a pain. If done correctly prints were amazing but they were also expensive to get them done right and not many people did them properly. The thing that I LOVED about slides was that you could hold your “picture” with your fingers and it was still safe. I still find handling a slide enjoyable and I still love the look but also happy that I don’t have to shoot or process them.

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Become a pro in only two easy lessons :-)

“Tops tips for shooting like a pro” or (my favorite) “Short cuts to shoot like a pro”.

The headings seems to be everywhere this time of year, and they are all promoting the same thing – shortcuts to shooting like a pro. Well sorry to break this to you but there are no shortcuts, it is the same for everyone…shoot…shoot…shoot!!

I read some of the tips these articles give out and they are all the same – if you do this or do that you are shooting like a pro. Some go as far to say buy an expensive camera or a lens and you are shooting like a pro, others say you need to use specific settings.

Well I can give you one tip to shoot like a pro……. go out and shoot and make mistakes. You will learn, grow and your photography will get better. Do that enough and you will shoot like a pro!!

Color Balance – Printing

Getting that amazing shot
Secrets to getting that amazing shot

Today I want to address a little about color balance. I’m not talking about corrections that we make to our photos to make them look more natural, or that we do to enhance the colors to make them look more pleasing to the eye such as warming an image up but I am talking about color balance as it effects the print that we hang on the wall.

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Paper Selection

I often get calls that ask me if I have a certain type or make of paper and most times I have to reply “sorry no I don’t”. Then I am asked why? Well there are a lot of different companies that make paper and some really good companies at that. The problem is that each paper has good qualities and bad and I have to weigh that before I bring the paper in.

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