Lethbridge Journal Article

Lethbridge Journal Article

A number of years ago The Lethbridge Journal did an article on my teaching. Click here for a large size to read.

I am always amazed at how many people are shocked to know they can take a course on photography. Years ago the only place that you could get a course was at a university or a college. I was the first private teacher in southern Alberta. A couple of my students said that I was the only one they knew about in western Canada. It seems strange looking at the teachers of today, everyone is a teacher. If a photographer has shot a couple images they will offer to teach. When I started I was so nervous as I did not know what I would teach. Back then I taught how to shoot film and two hours was a lot of time. Now two hours can barely touch even a simple digital camera.

Lethbridge Journal Article
Lethbridge Journal Article

About my courses

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GREAT day of catch-up

A great day doing so many little projects and still working on one big project. Got some small house projects done. Took the dog for three long walks. Even as cold as it was today it felt nice to just be out. AND still working on updating the web site. The web site has had a lot of work done on it and in the process I have been pulling a lot of digital images in the files.

Ending a great day, looking at old images
Ending a great day, looking at old images

Came across this one and I still love it. Old wagon wheel in my backyard. From 2005. I have a 24×30 print of it in the studio but was amazed to see how well the file holds up against even the newest cameras today for sharpness and clarity.

As a side note if you are looking for more teaching material I have added a number of files to the website under courses. You can read and even download and print for free. I will try to keep adding to this list as I write more blog posts, another thing on my to do list for 2019.

At least with it being so cold outside I am able to get these jobs caught up. Would not argue with a warm spell for a while as long as the winds stay down!

#lethbridgephotographer #canon #cold #winter #project #staywarm #business #funday #snow

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Teaching Tip – bring on the bad!

Getting to the issue when teaching

Whenever I am teaching I always ask students to bring me their bad images.  If I am critiquing work to help improve someones photography I ask to see the unedited images.  WHY?  Because anyone can luck out and get a great image, or spend enough time in Photoshop to fix an image.  But seeing the bad or unedited images will show what a person does most of the time.  This is true in other areas as well.  I don’t care what you are like when everything is going perfect, but what are you like when things are going bad?  You may be a great wedding photographer when the temperature is 20C and there is no wind or bugs, but what are you like in -10C and a 100k wind, or with a bride that is in a miserable mood?

Read moreTeaching Tip – bring on the bad!

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Lethbridge City Hall Build

The building of the Lethbridge City Hall is another event that I wish I would have taken the time to photograph more.  Here are a couple photos from when #Lethbridge city hall was under construction.

I had the chance to pass the job site many times on the way to and from assignments. Unfortunately it always seemed that when the light was the best I did not have the time. When I had the time the light was not cooperating. Planning for a perfect shoot of the build just never worked out.

Build 1 Lethbridge City Hall
Build #1 © Paterson Photography Ltd. Lethbridge
Build 2 Lethbridge City Hall
Lethbridge City Hall Build #2 © Paterson Photography Ltd. Lethbridge
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Coaldale water tower – Some more from days gone by

In the process of cleaning up some old files and came across some more old negatives of the Coaldale water tower.

Coaldale Alberta

Removal of the water tower, shot on film then scanned. I always love it when I come across old negatives or even digital files. History is important and loosing it is worse than loosing the original structure. When we forget something it is gone. For us and for future generations will never get to know what the past was like. Most of the small towns on the prairies are gone forever. Many of the grain elevators are gone, only by pictures can we walk to the past!

WTR1 Coaldale water tower
Coaldale Water Tower Removal #1 © Paterson Photography Ltd.
WTR2
#2 Tower Removal © Paterson Photography Ltd.
WTR3 Coaldale water tower
Tower Removal #3 © Paterson Photography Ltd.

Grain elevators, our history

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Always back-up – even your passwords!!!

I have written many times about making sure that you back-up your digital files but I also want to remind you to back-up your passwords, as well as to use passwords that are not easy for others to guess.  I know that many say you should never write down your passwords but lets be realistic, how many people can remember all those passwords.  As a quick tally I looked and found over 100 passwords that I have to remember and I am sorry but I cannot memorize all of them.  I know that there are many more but I cannot even remember the sites that require a password. Also if we are all using 123456 or similar easy to remember strings then really there is no sense in having a password, I know many people that do this as they say they can never remember all their passwords.

So I advocate something a little more secure than 123456 and that is to record your passwords in either a secure data base (see below) or even easier a recipe box with cards listing all the sites that have passwords. Honestly how many of us have people visiting that are going to be searching for passwords?  If we are concerned with people accessing these cards then get a fireproof locked safe and put the box in there.

Another way is what I have been using in addition to the recipe cards is an app. A number of years ago I installed an app on my tablet that helps with keeping track of my passwords.  It is secured with a password (yes another one) and you can even set it so after a number of wrong passwords are entered the program will erase the entire database, a little extreme in my opinion but I guess if you are a fan of 007 or other spy thrillers then this would interest you.  I do like this system as I can carry it with me on my tablet but this company keeps asking me to buy the “free” program so it makes me nervous that some day they will not allow me access to the app without me paying so I also use the above recipe card idea at home and lock it up in a safe for even safer keeping.

I did hear of a new (at least new to me) program that also allows you to secure your passwords, and again is free, and it is installed on your own computer.  I need to investigate more into this before I recommend it.

But even if you are not going the more high tech route of a program lets take some time today, or this weekend, to make our passwords harder for others to guess and at the same time to record them so we do not loose them!!!

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