November 2014 News from the BSOP


Trade Show Winners

© Samantha Chrysanthou -

© Samantha Chrystanthou –

We had another great experience at the annual McBain Camera annual trade show.  This year’s edition ran on Sunday, November 3rd and in spite of the snow, the attendance was excellent.  With the help of our generous sponsors, we were able to give away seven different prizes to individuals who entered our giveaway this year.  This year’s winners are:

  • Cathy Hostin – Winner of a Tamrac Cyberpro Rolling  Photo/Computer Briefcase
  • Donna Snyder – Winner of a Tamrac Pro 8 Camera Bag
  • Kimberly Melnyk – Winner of a BSOP $250 Gift Certifcate
  • Martin Swensrude – Winner of an Outdoor Photography Canada magazine subscription
  • Katherine Lachacz – Winner of an Outdoor Photography Canada magazine subscription
  • Ron Gamble – Winner of an Outdoor Photography Canada magazine subscription
  • Gord McKay – Winner of an Outdoor Photography Canada magazine subscription
  • D. Hasiuk – Winner of an Outdoor Photography Canada magazine subscription

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to stop by the booth and chat for a minute or just to say hi.  We love it when someone new is considering taking one of our classes and a past-student is standing by and jumps in with an in-person testimonial.  What could possibly be better!  Thanks a bunch!

We’ve had a lot of our classes sell out so far this fall, but there are a few coming up in the next few weeks that still have some spots available.  Macro Photography, Wedding Photography and Studio Lighting all have spots available so if one of those areas of photography interests you, please register soon!.

Macro Photography Class
This Weekend!

© Paul Burwell Photography | BSOP Instructor

If you have an interest in macro photography, this next weekend, November 16-17, is for you.

The first day of this two-day class is all about learning about creativity, macro photography equipment, macro specialties (everything from oil & water to insects and everything in-between) and demonstrations.  On the second day, we turn you loose to photograph the entire day.  This is a shoot and critique class so you’ll visit one of our macro photography stations, have time to make some photographs and then receive direct feedback on the images you’ve created.  You’ll then move to the next station and repeat until the end of the day rolls around.

During this class you’ll get the opportunity to try your hand at water droplet photography and focus stacking techniques among many others.

Want to read what a previous student thought about this class?  Here’s what Dave R. had to say:

“I have attended several courses at other venues, and this, by far, was the best. We were able to put into practice immediately, and get feedback…immediately about what was good, and what was not so good. The pace was perfect and the instructor extremely knowledgeable.”

If you would like to register for the class or if you’re interested in finding out more information on this class, please visit our Macro Photography class web page.

© Paul Burwell Photography | BSOP Instructor

© Paul Burwell Photographry

© Paul Burwell Photography

© Paul Burwell Photographry

Wedding Photography Class

© Stambaugh Photographics

© Stambaugh Photographics

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this class was rescheduled from its original September weekend until the weekend of November 23-24.

If you have a casual interest in wedding photography or hope to one-day make it part of your income stream, this class is essential.   The next edition of the Wedding Photography class runs the weekend of November 23-24.

Chris Stambaugh, MPA (Master of Photographic Arts), and former president of the Professional Photographers of Canada, will teach you about the wedding photography techniques that he’s utilized over his 20+ years of professional photography.

During the class you’ll learn about:

  • Introduction to wedding photography
  • Equipment consideration for wedding photography
  • Planning ahead for the big day
  • Portraiture versus photojournalism
  • The wedding day
  • Planning for the portrait sessions
  • Selecting locations for the portrait sessions
  • Understanding light
  • Flow posing
  • Traditional and modern posing
  • Photographic composition
  • Prices and marketing

This two-day, twelve hour class will even give you the opportunity to watch Chris work with a model in wedding attire and even make some images of your own!

If you would like to register for the class or if you’re interested in finding out more information on this class, please visit our Wedding Photography class web page.

Studio Lighting Class

© Moments in Digital Photographry | Bruce Clarke - BSOP Instructor

© Moments in Digital Photography – Bruce Clarke

Join professional wedding and portrait photographer Bruce Clarke for a hands-on photography class that will provide you with the opportunity to learn studio lighting from basic set-ups to advanced configurations, equipment and techniques.  Learning to photograph in a studio environment can seem a daunting task.  The next edition of this class runs theweekend of November 30 and December 1.  This class is designed to demystify studio equipment and provide you with hands-on opportunities to gain an understanding of studio lighting and techniques.

What You Will Learn During our Studio Lighting Class

  • Studio set-ups
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Backdrops and props
  • Hot lights versus strobes
  • Mono Lights versus Speed Lights
  • Metering in studio
  • White balance
  • Basic portrait set up
  • Essential modifiers
  • Key light, fill light, hair light
  • Overview of light sources
  • High key lighting
  • Low Key Lighting
  • Creating mood with light
  • Controlling the background
  • Gels and accessories for modifying backgrounds
  • Grids, Spots, cutters, gobos, mirros and more

What to Expect

  • 12 hours of classroom instruction
  • Multiple sessions to photograph models using studio lighting set-ups
  • Hot lunch on both days consisting of a choice of main course, 2 salads, soup, side dishes and dessert
  • Certificate of completion
  • Small group size, limited to 12 participants

If you would like to register for the class or if you’re interested in finding out more information on this class, please visit our Studio Lighting class web page.

Landscape Photography Class

© Darwin Wiggett - | BSOP Instructor

© Darwin Wiggett –

Landscape Photography – Join Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou, award winning photographers and founders of for a fun, intensive weekend class focused on helping you get the most out of your landscape photography. Darwin and Samantha are coming to Edmonton just to teach this class-if you’ve always wanted to learn from them, now’s your chance!

This class features an exciting combination of classroom time, shooting assignments and exercises and critique time. There is no better way to quickly improve your photography than to receive direct teaching, feedback and critiques from arguably Canada’s best Landscape Photography duo.

This new class is a bit  more expensive but also longer than many of our other offerings-it entails approximately 20 hours of time total, including one evening, and long days; its specially structured so you can get an intensive workshop in one jam packed weekend without missing any time from work!  If you would like to register for the class or if you’re interested in finding out more information on this class, please visit our Landscape Photography class web page.

The first edition of this class runs from the evening of Friday May 23rd until the afternoon of Sunday May 25th, 2014. Darwin and Samantha are nationally renowned and very much in demand. This class is almost half sold already so please register soon if you’re interested!

Until next time…

© Paul Burwell Photography | BSOP Instructor

Macro Photography Image of a Snowflake

© Paul Burwell Photography

The first snow fall of the year occurred over the first weekend in November.  I’m just glad the snow held off that long!  We’re at least two weeks better off compared to last year.

Although I’ve come to have a great appreciation for snow, my aging bones really do appreciate the more moderate temperatures of spring, summer and fall.

We really appreciate the opportunity to help you enhance your photography skills and we look forward to seeing you at one of our classes or workshops in the near future. Thank you, as always, for your ongoing patronage and valuable feedback regarding our classes.  As usual, we’re selling gift certificates for our classes. If you’re thinking of starting your holiday shopping and think someone you know may appreciate one, please see the info in the left column.


Paul Burwell
Owner – BSOP

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”

― Elizabeth Coatsworth

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