October Update

Fall Colours

© Paul Burwell Photography | Burwell School of Photography

Fall is fully upon us.

This past Thanksgiving weekend I just made a quick trip to and from the US for a Wildlife Photography workshop.  On the way down, in the foothills south and west of Calgary, I went through several areas along Highway 22 with a few inches of snow on the ground.  The contrast with the fall colours still on the trees, the white snow on the ground and the bright blue skies made my heart skip a beat.  Wow!  I’m normally a drive to get there type of person but I had to stop to make a few images.  The image above is one of those images.

October is a busy month for us here at the BSOP.  Lots of classes, lots of new students and at the end of October, we’ll have a booth at McBain Camera’s annual Edmonton Photographic Tradeshow that runs Sunday October 29th at the Mayfield Trade Centre.  If you go, make sure you drop by our booth for a chance to win some fabulous prizes.

We are proud to announce that we are introducing a Certificate of Achievement program.  We will start by offering three different Certificates of Achievement in three different disciplines.  More details can be found further on in the newsletter.

One phenomenon that we’re experiencing is that many of our classes are selling out at a faster pace than we’ve experienced in the past.  So, if you’re considering registering for a class, please don’t wait to the last second.  We make a promise to our clients as to the class size and no amount of attempted persuasion will be able to change that.

New – Certificate of Achievement

BSOP Certificate of Achivement

We are now offering three different Certificates of Achievement for qualifying students.  Students must complete a certain set of classes in order to qualify for a Certificate of Achievement and must submit a portfolio of images demonstrating their proficiency in that discipline to be eligible for the certificate.  A small administrative fee will be required to process a students application for a Certificate of Achievement (CoA).  Here are the three Certificate of Achievement currently being offered:

Portrait Photography – To qualify for this CoA a student must complete the following classes:  Digital Camera Fundamentals (or equivalent experience), PhotographyFundamentals, Available Light Photography, Off Camera Flash, Introduction to Studio Lighting, Advanced Studio Lighting and the Portrait Photography class.  Additionally, students will be required to submit a portfolio of ten images demonstrating their proficiency in Portrait Photography.  Only students demonstrating proficiency in Portrait Photographywill be awarded this CoA.

Wedding Photography – To qualify for this CoA a student must complete the following classes:  Digital Camera Fundamentals (or equivalent experience), PhotographyFundamentals, Available Light Photography, Off Camera Flash, Introduction to Studio Lighting, Advanced Studio Lighting, Portrait Photography and the Wedding Photographyclass.  Additionally, students will be required to submit a portfolio of ten images demonstrating their proficiency in Wedding Photography.  Only students demonstrating proficiency in Wedding Photography will be awarded this CoA.

Nature Photography – To qualify for this CoA a student must complete the following classes: Digital Camera Fundamentals (or equivalent experience), PhotographyFundamentals, Nature and Landscape Photography, MacroPhotography and Wildlife Photography.  Additionally, students will be required to submit a portfolio of ten images demonstrating their proficiency in Nature Photography.  Only students demonstrating proficiency in Nature Photographywill be awarded this CoA.

To apply for a CoA or for more information, please visit our web site.

Night Photography

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Darlene Hildebrandt’s popular night photography class still has a few spots available.  This class runs the weekend of November 3-4.  Darlene’s class will teach you:

  • how to photograph at night using long exposures
  • what equipment you need for night photography
  • the technique of painting with light
  • using alternative sources of light to your advantage
  • using a small flash or two
  • do’s and don’ts
  • look at sample images using all these techniques
  • what problems you might encounter and how to solve them
  • a field trip to give you hands-on experience with Night Photography

Click here to find out more about this class or to register for the class.

Off Camera Flash

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Bruce Clarke’s inaugural Off Camera Flash class has only a few spots available as of this writing.  This class runs the weekend of October 27-28.  Bruce’s Off Camera Flash class will teach you:

  • Knowing your flash – flash fundamentals
  • Differences between ambient and flash
  • How to get your flash off camera
  • sync modes
  • bounce flash
  • FEC
  • Shutter drag
  • Movement
  • Calculating Exposure
  • Shooting wireless
  • Lighting direction and quality
  • lighting ratios
  • Flash modifiers
  • Additive, subtractive, reflective, diffuse.  How to see and shape light
  • Opportunity to implement the techniques discussed in class by photographing a model

Click here to find out more about this class or to register for the class.

Introduction to Studio Lighting & Advanced Studio Lighting

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If you’re interested in making photographs in studio conditions as either a profession or a serious hobby, Bruce Clarke’s two classes, Introduction to Studio Lighting and Advanced Studio Lighting, will teach you all about the equipment and techniques that you’ll require for studiophotography.  Both of these classes include a shoot with a model.

During the introduction class the following topics will be covered:

  • 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

The Introduction to Studio Lighting class runs on Saturday, November 10.  For more information or to register for the Introduction to Studio Lighting class click here.

And during the advanced class, the following topics will be covered:

  • 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, mirrors and more

The Advanced Studio Lighting class runs on Saturday, November 17.  For more information on the Advanced Studio Lighting class or to register, click here.

Photography Tip
Using Live View for better still images

© Paul Burwell Photography | www.bsop.ca

Many of the newer digital cameras have a feature called Live View that goes largely ignored by a large majority of photographers if the attendees to my classes are any indication.  And that’s a shame because Live View has a lot to offer.

It can help you determine what exactly is sharp on an extreme macro.  It can help you visualize your depth-of-field and the white balance.

You can read more about Live View in the article I wrote for the Digital Photography School web site.

In the mean time….

© Paul Burwell Photography | www.bsop.ca
 © Paul Burwell Photography | www.bsop.ca

Please keep an eye out for our new printed class calendar that will cover the period of November 2012 to June 2013.

We’re constantly working on adding the new classes that you’re telling us you want to see.  So, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, please get in contact with us and let us know your thoughts.

The changing of the seasons really seems to spur people into considering some continuing education options.  We’re thrilled that so many of you are choosing the Burwell School ofPhotography for your photography education needs.  Thank You!

Sincerely,

Paul Burwell – Owner

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.  
Albert Camus

 

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