Melissa and I (and Rory and Jasper!) were in Australia (Newcastle and Sydney) for most of December. We got (re)married and I got to meet some of her *amazing* family!
Click the image above to see the gallery on Flickr.
As always, our group really appreciates the great staff and hospitality at Mahony and Sons! We had a great time!
I’ve had several people ask recently about the live, online classes I offered last year so I thought I’d post some info about them.
The classes are limited to a max of five students each. In most cases, they will be one-on-one. They are done live and on demand via the internet using Google Hangouts. You sign up and tell me when the best time to do the class is – you can even do the class in your pajamas! Don’t worry – you won’t ever be on camera. 🙂
“Learn How To Take Better Photographs!”
Whether it’s the camera on your phone or a point-and-shoot or a DSLR, we’ve got easy-to-grasp tips, tricks and techniques we promise will make the next photograph you take better than the last one.
This is a fun, informative and entertaining 2.5 hour seminar for beginners and novices who want to learn how to take better photographs. Often confusing photographic terms and concepts are turned into plain English so you can start making the most of your photographic opportunities and capture those special moments.
The class will include:
“Photography Secrets Revealed!” – do you know the single most important element of every good photo?
“Creative vs Technical” – Learn how to take advantage of all aspects of photography
“Camera Differences” – what are the pros and cons of a smartphone vs a point and shoot vs a DSLR?
“Learn How to Use that Expensive DSLR!”
Lots of people bought DSLRs but have never learned how to fully utilize all those wonderful buttons on them. So you end up using your expensive gear as if it were a point and shoot.
Let’s change that!
I’ve got easy to grasp tips, tricks and techniques I promise will make the next DSLR shot you take better than the last one. We’ll also talk about the features of a DSLR, how the various functions affect, positively and negatively, your images and how to “see a photo” before you push the shutter button and make changes to your DSLR to create that image.
The class will include:
“Photography Secrets Revealed!” – do you know how to capture the single most important element of every good photo?
“Creative vs Technical” – Learn how to take advantage of all aspects you DSLR camera
“DSLR Differences” – what are the pros and cons between full frame and cropped, between mirrorless and not?
And much more!
Both classes are run by a professional photographer and a “Professional Explainer” for beginners and novices who want to learn how to take better photographs.
Past participants have said:
“Shawn was a great presenter. He was very informed and entertaining as well.”
“I enjoyed that it wasn’t too technical.”
“Inspired me to start taking more pictures and playing around with my settings…and reading my manual.”
“Friendly and engaging instructor! Very visual!”
Signing up for either class is easy. Individual classes are only $75 each or you can sign up for both (and do them at different times) for only $125. Simply Paypal payment to shawn@StartingPointPhotography.com and then let me know a time that is most convenient for you! If unable to use Paypal, let me know and we can make other arrangements.
The only time requirement is that you set aside approx 2.5 hours to complete each of the courses. Also, your computer needs to be able to run Google Hangouts. We can test it ahead of time to make sure.
If you have any questions about either class, please don’t hesitate to contact me at shawn@StartingPointPhotography.com.
Which is better? A still image or a video?
Well, it’s an impossible question to answer. A lot of it comes down to personal preference. But, in some cases, the difference is stark and obvious.
Many of you may have seen this lovely photo of First Lady Michelle Obama give President George W. Bush a hug at the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the weekend:
An American Rohrschach: If offended from either end of spectrum, you’re an ideologue. If just a moment, maybe not. https://t.co/8i0GEnBQCb
— David Simon (@AoDespair) September 25, 2016
It’s a lovely photo, full of warmth, love and respect.
Today, a video from that same moment has been posted:
— Ira Goldman (@KDbyProxy) September 25, 2016
It’s a fascinating look at the differences in stance, emotion, feeling, result. Granted, our assumptions and knowledge of who these people are informs our opinions of the moment (would we feel differently if the two people involved were unknown to us?) but it’s still a very interesting example of the difference that can be had with a video vs a still image.
Welcome and thanks for visiting the site! I assume you’ve come to this page because you’ve heard about me from the great team at Finisterra Travel.
I am working with Finisterra to put on an amazing trip. They’ve arranged an exciting vacation to one of the prettiest, most interesting places in Europe – Portugal! My job is to help you learn how to capture images while on your vacation that you can be proud of, show to friends and family and even print off to create artwork in your own home.
It doesn’t matter what camera you have – I will teach you how to create better, more memorable images regardless of whether you have a camera phone, a point and shoot, a mirrorless or a DSLR. You’ll learn how cameras work, how to see a scene better, and how to set your camera up to capture what you see.
While in Portugal, you’ll learn the basics of:
General travel photography tips and tricks
Specific camera tips and tricks
Black and White shooting
There will be daily classes followed by hands-on shooting at various beautiful and historic locations in Portugal. And you’ll have plenty of time each day to wander around on your own (or hang out with me!) to see the sights, go shopping, visit museums, or just relax and do your own thing!
If you are a fan of the Flipboard magazine app, check out the “Starting Point Photography In Portugal!” Flipboard magazine!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. My email address is shawn@StartingPointPhotography.com and I’m happy to answer any questions about the trip you may have.
I hope you can join us – I promise it will be a great trip full of fun and photography and you’ll come home knowing how to create better images on your next trip as well!
Taking pictures is easy.
Learning about photography is hard.
We want to make the latter as easy as the former.
We are Starting Point Photography.
Our mission is to help you
take better photographs with the camera you already have.
“The D3400 is a 24.2MP DSLR that’s compact and lightweight and features SnapBridge connectivity to easily and quickly share images.”
Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.
The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.
If you run either the Mac or Windows version of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or Photoshop Lightroom, grab these plug-ins!
JANUARY 23rd, 2016
Hello Prince George Macintosh User Group Members!
Whether it’s an iPhone or a point and shoot or a DSLR, we’ve got easy to grasp tips, tricks and techniques we promise will make the next photograph you take better than the last one you took.
We are scheduling two classes: The first will be “Learn how to take Better Photographs“ – a repeat of our previous successful class and again at the Prince George Civic Centre. It will run from 9am to 12:30pm on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016. This class is for any camera – whether it’s the camera on your phone or a point-and-shoot or a DSLR, we’ve got easy-to-grasp tips, tricks and techniques we promise will make the next photograph you take better than the last one. We’ll cover how to take better photos with the camera you already have, what are the ways to capture the best images and what are some do’s and don’ts of great shots!
We’re adding a “Learn how to use that expensive DSLR” class as well! It will run from 1pm to 3:30pm on the same date – Saturday, January 23rd, 2016. This class will be focused on more of the details of the DSLR and its operation. We’ll talk about things like Aperture Priority, Photo Editing, Back Button Auto-Focus and lots more!
We’ve tried to cover all the bases – if you missed the previous Prince George beginner class, the Saturday morning “Learn how to take Better Photographs“ is for you. If you have a DSLR and want to learn more about how to use all those fancy buttons to get even more creative shots, the afternoon “Learn how to use that expensive DSLR” class is the one you want. You can even take both classes for a full day of learning more about taking better photos in general and DSLRs specifically!
The classes will be $49.95 or 10% off if you sign up for both classes.
JANUARY 23rd, 2016
The classes will include:
- “Photography Secrets Revealed!” – do you know the single most important element of every good photo?
- Camera differences – what are the pros and cons of a smartphone vs a point and shoot vs a DSLR?
- Get the most out of your DSLR – learn what the settings of your DLSR do and how they affect the photos you take
- So much more!
We’d love for you to join us for a fun, entertaining and informative day designed to help you take better photographs no matter what camera you have! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Email Shawn at email@example.com.
This is a seminar run by a professional photographer and a “Professional Explainer” for beginners and novices who want to learn how take better photographs. We take often confusing photographic terms and concepts and turn them into plain English so you can start making the most of your photographic opportunities to capture those special moments.
We can teach you some of the ideas, theories and techniques professional photographers know and use in every one of their images. With that knowledge, we promise your photography will get better – regardless of the kind of camera you have!
Shawn is a talented photographer and a “professional explainer” who has taught students around the world how to create memorable images.
What others say:
Sandro — “I came away highly impressed, not only with the technical aspects of this kind of training and the Google Hangouts venue, but also the value of Shawn’s course to any budding photographer.”
Jason — “Shawn has some very practical tips to improve anyone’s photography. Emphasis of basics like this can’t be underestimated.”
Melonie — “We are all really impressed and pleased with all we learned…we cannot wait to take photos. We will definitely be recommending this class to our friends!”
Heather — “Shawn you are an exceptional teacher and we all learned so much. We will all be looking at, and taking, our pictures totally different now thanks to you!”
JANUARY 23rd, 2016
- Easy setup and navigation – large, 2.5″ color LCD
- Compact, space-saving design and great performance
- Print from iPad, iPhone, tablets and smartphones
- Individual inks – replace only the color you need
- Scan to Facebook, plus built-in card slot
I’m a big fan of printing some of your photos and of Epson printers and, at $50, this printer is almost a no-brainer!
Every year photographers from around the globe share photographs that transport us to another place, connect with us emotionally, or stir us to action.
I love this contest! Even though I’ll never enter it, the photos represent the best of the best and show us not only the world around us but what is possible with a camera. National Geographic also allows you to download the photos for use as wallpaper on your desktop or phone.
What is your favorite shot?
Popular browser-based editor Polarr has released a new plugin for both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that enables users to instantly edit any photo.
This will be useful for my classes to show live editing but it might be scary for photographers and undoubtedly has copyright issues associated with grabbing just any image off the web and “making it your own”. If you use this, please be respectful of the artist’s copyright.
While Photoshop is the 800lb gorilla of digital image editors, Pixelmator certainly gives it a run for its money, doing 75% of what Photoshop can do at a fraction of the price.
If you watched the Apple iPad Launch Event in September, you would have seen a demonstration of Pixelmator for the iPad. Those of us who are fans of the desktop software (and the developers behind it) were very excited by the idea of Pixelmator on our iPads. For me, it was a matter of, “OK…take my money! How much of it do you want!?”
Luckily, Pixelmator for the iPad is only $5. Just shut up and go buy it now.
Taking place in cities around the world, photographers of all walks of life and skill levels gather together to socialize, share and inspire during this one-day, worldwide event.
I had a blast being a Leader on the very first “Scott Kelby’s Annual Worldwide Photo Walk” many years ago in New York City and will be doing it again this year here in Vancouver.
I decided to have a particular focus on beginning shooters this year and hopefully making the walk a place where new shooters can come and experience what a photo walk is and ask questions of the pros that will also be on the walk with us!
There are walks literally around the world so, if you’re not here in Vancouver, take a look at the web site and see if there is one in your city on October 11th.
PetaPixel: Photoshop Elements 13 might actually end up being one of the best gifts you can get for a first-time photographer just getting into editing thanks to the many guided, educational features baked in.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Elements but anything that can help beginners deal with the complexities of photo editing is worth a mention.
Went down to Robson St here in Vancouver for the 2014 Vancouver Zombie Walk – some of the zombies were amazing!
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With its unusual build and unfathomable focal length, the Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM is anything but conventional. So, how does it perform and just how far can it be pushed? We took the lens to The Mall in London to put it through it paces and to see what Buckingham Palace looks like at 1200mm and beyond.
That lens is utterly insane. They even push it to 2400mm using converters.
Join me on October 11th, 2014 for the “Worldwide Photo Walk 2014 – Waterfront Beginner Shoot!”
Worldwide Photo Walk 2014:
On Saturday, October 11, 2014, the whole world will be walking again during Scott Kelby’s 7th Annual Worldwide Photowalk™. Taking place in cities around the world, photographers of all walks of life and skill levels gather together to socialize, share and inspire during this one-day, worldwide event.
There are (so far) two photo walks here in Vancouver – I’m going to focus mine on and for beginners and novices shooters and encourage them to not just shoot but to ask questions and learn to shoot better!
Next month sees the second 500px annual Global Photo Walk taking place on September 6th, promising to be the biggest photo walk of all time.
Thousands of photographers will head out from over 350 cities across the world in two weeks time, to take part in what looks set to be the biggest photo walk of it’s kind, ever.
I would dispute the claim of “World’s Biggest” if only because Scott Kelby’s “World Wide PhotoWalk” is bigger (with a claimed 900 Photo Walks and over 32,000 people last year) but that’s a quibble I don’t care about. I was a leader on the original Scott Kelby effort and enjoyed it immensely.
This time around, I’m going to be leading a group of 500px photo walkers around Vancouver, BC on Saturday, September 6th. If you’re in the area and are a member of 500px (it’s free to join), please sign up on the Facebook page. If you’re interested but not in Vancouver, 500px is arranging walks around the world at this Facebook page.
A good deal of the footage coming out Ferguson, Missouri, this week has been provided by non-journalists, using their phones to record and photograph events. At the same time, reports claim that police are attempting to block both ordinary citizens and journalists from documenting the situation. What these officers either don’t know or aren’t saying is that you have the legal right to photograph the police, even when they tell you not to.
In light of what is going on in Ferguson this past week, this is a good reminder to both shooters and law enforcement.
Popular Photography & Imaging is packed with great photos, how-to tips, lab tests of the latest equipment, and expert advice on getting the most out of every shot.
I wouldn’t normally recommend dead tree editions of magazines but this is a good one and, for only $5, you can’t go wrong.
The only caveat is this is an auto-renewing subscription but it’s easy to turn it off.