Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New Photography Website Development

Eiffel Tower shot from Trocadero Square

My new Photography Art website is coming along but it is a very long and daunting process. Besides the physical design of the site which takes a lot of tweaking and the required content there are a whole lot of other things to consider. SEO Information is required and I have started this process. Google Analytics has been set up. I still need to add Bing and others search site information. I need to add social content sites like Facebook and Pinterest links but before doing that I need to create the Social Media Site accounts on the respective pages. Facebook done.

As a photographer/artist I want to separate my artists photography website from my work and my other sites. In essence I want to create a whole new identity for me and my art. Domain name, check. Domain Host 1&1, check. New E-mail address, check. Website platform, WordPress, check. New Google account, check. New Facebook account, check. On and on it goes, where it will stop, nobody knows.

A lot of this technical and social media information and set up can be done or added as I go along. Especially as it will require more research and leaning. I have mostly finished the design aspects and have figured out how I want pages and portfolios to appear. The next big push will be content. I need to create all the Project Information Pages and have the project data for each project reviewed by peers at tabulaRASA. I then need to gather, collect, organize images for Portfolio Pages. Each image will need to be key-worded and descriptions added along with tags, no simple task. OK, perhaps simple but a long task sorting out through 8 years of images and in the process deciding which images should be included on this site.

I'm not sure what part of the setting up a whole web site takes the longest but doing all of it, properly, sure does take time. Onward and Upward!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Introduction to Lightroom - New Class Added and Scheduled - Exporting & The Print Module

Exporting & The Print Module

Many Lightroom users want to learn to make fine art prints, but don’t want to learn Photoshop to do so. This class will teach you how to use Lightroom’s Print Module to create high quality art images that are suitable for the gallery wall. Topics covered will include: crafting fine art images, using plug-ins, image layout options, colour management, soft proofing, a discussion on printer and monitor profiling and calibration, working with special paper profiles and package printing. More info and class information below . . .

About the Introduction to Lightroom Series of Courses

Do you have a lot of images to manage? Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC is the perfect tool for any digital photographer who needs to edit and sort images quickly. Whether you're an amateur or a seasoned professional, Lightroom CC will help you get the results you need in a lot less time.

In these courses, you'll learn how Lightroom CC can help you prepare, edit, and organize your photos quickly and effectively. Using Lightroom CC's non-destructive editing, you'll be able to control how to edit your images and make additional enhancements later. You'll learn to apply changes to multiple images while developing an efficient image processing workflow. You'll also see how to organize, tag, and make collections with Lightroom's powerful organization tools; create customized slideshows and presentations; and fine-tune the overall color and lighting of your images. You can use Lightroom CC as a companion to Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or other digital photo editors, and you can export or print your work in exactly the size or format you need.

We will also cover some new features found in Lightroom CC and will discuss the benefits of moving over to Lightroom CC.

Intermediate and Advanced classes will delve further into the inner workings of Lightroom and its modules. They will introduce you to Templates and Plug-ins and will introduce you to advanced printing techniques including ICC profiles.

Lightroom CC Extras will show you step by step how to create books and get an on-line presence, easily, all from within Lightroom.

So put some polish on your photos, save time, impress clients, and stay organized as you unlock the mysteries of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Creative Cloud.

Part 1 - The Library Module
Part 2 - The Develop Module
Part 3 - Exporting & the Print Module
Part 4 - Face Recognition, Slideshow, Print & Web Modules (Intermediate)
Part 5 - Catalog Management, Archiving Images & Catalogs, Backups (Advanced)






Part 3 - Exporting & the Print Module (New Class!)

Tuesday December 8th, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm in Ladner BC - Limited to 10 people
Limited Time Pricing at 50% Off - $20.00 | DPC Members $15.00
Contact Francois Cleroux to book a class or for further information.

Part 3 of “Introduction to Lightroom CC” will continue where Part 2 Left off with an emphasis on Exporting Images for Archive, Print, Web or E-mail and a Look at Printing and the Print Module including how to use ICC Profiles.

Including a closer look at:
• Exporting

Print Module
• Paper Types
• Settings
• Plug-ins
• Layout Options
• B&W and Color
• Colour & ICC Profiles
• Pakages
• Saving Print Files

There will be time for Q&A throughout the class.




About The Instructor

Francois Cleroux (MCAPA) is an award-winning photographer and International photography instructor. He has been teaching photography for more than 7 years.

A professional film photographer in the 80’s and now a Technology Information Specialist he has easily adapted to digital photography and now teaches digital editing and photography skills to students from around the world including India, Europe and more recently in New York.

Francois continues his traditional B&W film based photography and is exploring alternative photographic processes and is currently a member of the tabulaRASA artists collective.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Todays Desk


In this ever changing world of ours with the Internet making working from anywhere a reality I find that what acts as my desk and my office changes often. I will work from home at one of my two desks but on occasion I find I will work from the boardroom (photo above) or from the Living Room. I have even worked outside a few mornings in the summer months to enjoy the sun and eagles that inhabit a tree nearby while enjoying that first cup of coffee.

As I travel my desk and office become my space, what little there is of it, on the plane, or in the hotel. More often however when at home or travelling I make a local Restaurant or Coffee shop my desk for a few hours. I did post on Facebook my desk one day when I was at Starbucks in Kerrisdale for a summer afternoon and I realised I loved my job partly because my desk IS ever changing.

My desk looks tidy today, but often it is a little more ruffled and sometimes just a disaster. Either way, its my desk, my office. My coffee. I have decided to document my workspace as I travel and move about the city and will document it here. I will see if anything come of the collection of images that will be created. What does your workspace look like? Does it move around or are you always at the same desk? How have you personalized your desk to make it your'space'? I'd love to hear from you!





Sunday, October 25, 2015

Looking at Images by Brooks Jensen



Looking at Images by Brooks Jensen
So I'm always on the lookout for books that will help my judging and critiquing skills. I have found a few good ones in the past year that I will be posting here soon. However, just the other day I was with the Darkroom Group and someone showed this great new book titled "Looking at Images" by Brooks Jensen. I was so enamoured by the few pages I read I bought the book when I got home.

Brooks is the owner, editor and publisher of LensWork Magazine and an excellent photographer and instructor. He has been publishing his Magazine for over 20 years now and his years of experience selecting top quality B&W images shows. There are some excellent color images in this book also.

In this book Brooks hand selected top images from his years with LensWork Magazine and he dedicates a page or so of Notes and Commentary on each image. This commentary is amongst the most insightful, descriptive, well thought out and well spoken commentary I have ever read. As a judge, I can only aspire to be as thoughtful and well versed as he his. His language selection and photographic vocabulary is impeccable and a pleasure to read.

The Commentary is not only a great learning tool for Judges but even as a photographer striving to get better as an artist, his teachings are invaluable. One of the best books in some time! Currently only available from the LensWork web site at www.LensWork.com 

Author:          Brooks Jensen
Publisher:       LensWork Publishing

Book Link:      Looking at Images
Retail:            $34.95 US


This book and others can be found in the Library Section. Thanks Judy for introducing me to this great book!


Friday, October 23, 2015

New Series of Lightroom Courses

About These Courses

Do you have a lot of images to manage? Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC is the perfect tool for any digital photographer who needs to edit and sort images quickly. Whether you're an amateur or a seasoned professional, Lightroom CC will help you get the results you need in a lot less time.

In these courses, you'll learn how Lightroom CC can help you prepare, edit, and organize your photos quickly and effectively. Using Lightroom CC's non-destructive editing, you'll be able to control how to edit your images and make additional enhancements later. You'll learn to apply changes to multiple images while developing an efficient image processing workflow. You'll also see how to organize, tag, and make collections with Lightroom's powerful organization tools; create customized slideshows and presentations; and fine-tune the overall color and lighting of your images. You can use Lightroom CC as a companion to Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or other digital photo editors, and you can export or print your work in exactly the size or format you need.

We will also cover some new features found in Lightroom CC and will discuss the benefits of moving over to Lightroom CC.

Intermediate and Advanced classes will delve further into the inner workings of Lightroom and its modules. They will introduce you to Templates and Plug-ins and will introduce you to advanced printing techniques including ICC profiles.

Lightroom CC Extras will show you step by step how to create books and get an on-line presence, easily, all from within Lightroom.

So put some polish on your photos, save time, impress clients, and stay organized as you unlock the mysteries of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Creative Cloud.

Part 1 - The Library Module
Part 2 - The Develop Module
Part 3 - Exporting & the Print Module
Part 4 - Face Recognition, Slideshow, Print & Web Modules
Part 5 - Catalog Management, Archiving Images & Catalogs, Backups





Part 1 - The Library Module (Sold Out)

Tuesday November 10th, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm in Ladner BC - Limited to 8 people
Limited Time Pricing at 50% Off - $20.00 for Part 1  |  $35.00 for Part 1 & 2  |  DPC Members $25.00 for Part 1 & 2
Contact Francois Cleroux
 to book a class or for further information

Lightroom CC is the most popular photo file management, enhancement, and publishing program for Windows and Macintosh which is now part of the Creative Cloud, offering integration with the rest of the Adobe apps as well as access to Lightroom Mobile and Photoshop. There are more features to cover than ever before. This “Introduction to Lightroom CC” Part 1 will introduce you to Lightroom, what it is, how it works and all the Lightroom Modules; Library, Develop, Map, Book, Slideshow, Print and Web modules.

Including a closer look at:
• What is Lightroom
• Why use Lightroom


Library Module
• Importing photographs from your computer or camera
• Viewing and comparing images
• Renaming photos and folders
• Rating and organizing photos
• Grouping photos into collections
• Adding keywords and face tags
• Backup


Develop Module
• Quick intro to editing images

There will be time for Q&A throughout the class.



Part 2 - The Develop Module (Sold Out)

Tuesday November 24th, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm in Ladner BC - Limited to 8 people
Limited Time Pricing at 50% Off - $20.00 for Part 2  |  DPC Members $15.00 for Part 2
Contact Francois Cleroux to book a class or for further information

Part 2 of “Introduction to Lightroom CC” will continue where Part 1 Left off with an emphasis on the Develop and Print Modules.

Including a closer look at:
• Image Editing

Develop Module
• Editing JPEG and RAW images in Photoshop
• Exporting and emailing photos
• Enhancing photos in the Develop module
• Fixing issues with the retouching tools
• Making localized corrections
• Reducing noise and sharpening
• Correcting lens distortion
• Combining images with Photo Merge


Map Module
• How the Map Module works and benefits

Book, Slideshow and Web Modules
• An overview of Creating a book, web gallery, or slideshow

Print Module
• Printing photos
• Export files for Lab use


There will be time for Q&A throughout the class.



Part 3 - Exporting & the Print Module (New Class!)

Tuesday December 8th, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm in Ladner BC - Limited to 8 people
Limited Time Pricing at 50% Off - $20.00 for Part 3  |  DPC Members $15.00 for Part 3
Contact Francois Cleroux to book a class or for further information

Part 3 of “Introduction to Lightroom CC” will continue where Part 2 Left off with an emphasis on Exporting Images for Archive, Print, Web or E-mail and a Look at Printing and the Print Module including how to use ICC Profiles.

Including a closer look at:
• Exporting

Print Module
• Paper Types
• Settings
• B&W and Color
• 
ICC Profiles
• Saving Print Files

There will be time for Q&A throughout the class.




About The Instructor

Francois Cleroux (MCAPA) is an award-winning photographer and International photography instructor. He has been teaching photography for more than 7 years.

A professional film photographer in the 80’s and now a Technology Information Specialist he has easily adapted to digital photography and now teaches digital editing and photography skills to students from around the world including India, Europe and more recently in New York.

Francois continues his traditional B&W film based photography and is exploring alternative photographic processes and is currently a member of the tabulaRASA artists collective.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Pre Windows 10 Upgrade Recommendation


Backup, Backup, Backup

Before you even think about upgrading to Windows 10 make sure you have a good valid backup. The two important parts here are BACKUP, make sure you have one, and VALID, make sure its works, its current, and actually has all the data you want and need including new stuff you may have installed since you last ran your backup. Often, new programs place new data  in directories other than MY DOCUMENTS and that data may not be backed up.

I always recommend having two (2) complete backups and so before doing an upgrade it may be a good time to purchase an external Hard Drive to do a brand new backup. You may opt for a full system backup so you can recover your system to its current state if the Windows 10 upgrade goes completely awry. You should also do a manual second backup copying all you data; MY DOCUMENTS, PICS, VIDS, FAVORITES, MAIL, SIGNATURES, CONTACTS and anything else you have including any folders that may have data files like the usual special folders people create in the root of C: Drive including files on your DESKTOP. Read the rest of the article here....

Monday, May 18, 2015

Vivek High School, Chandigarh, India to Travel to New York, NY, USA

Students from Vivek High School in Chandigarh India will travel to New York for a Photo Tour/Workshop traveling the East Coast of the United States. This is a great opportunity for students as there will be tremendous opportunities for excellent photography and numerous learning opportunities as they will once again be instructed by Francois Cleroux.

Vivek High School has already worked with Mr. Cleroux in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 2012 and also in Europe in 2013. They will be joined by their Vivek Photography Instructor Mr. Navneet Saxena, their coordinator Ms. Tejinder Sarao and Assistant Teacher Ms. Deepika Arora.


Students from the 2012 Vancouver Trip while in Victoria, BC.


This years trip will see the class start in New York city as follows:

June 14 to June 17: Overnights in New York. Photo Tour of New York City including visits to Chinatown, Wall Street, Ground Zero, with the option to take a harbour cruise), United Nations, Times Square, 5th Avenue, and Empire State Building. A half a day will be spent at North America's largest photography retail store, B&H photography. Afterwards the group will depart for Philadelphia.

June 18: A morning photo tour of Philadelphia including Independence Hall and Liberty Bell then off to Washington DC, where, upon arrival, they will take a tour including the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, Capitol Hill, and White House.


Long Exposure Night/Street Photography in Paris, France. 2013 Europe Tour.


June 19: Early morning photography and then departure from Washington to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with a stop at Hershey's Chocolate World. Continue to Corning, New York for a visit to the Corning Museum of Glass. Evening arrival at Niagara Falls for night photography of the falls.

June 20: Morning photo tour of Niagara Falls including view of the Horseshoe Falls (US side), the American Falls, Goat Island, Bridal Veil Falls, and Maid of the Mist.
Afternoon departure for Boston.



Street Photography in Venice, Italy. 2013 Europe Tour.


June 21: Morning visit to Harvard University, MIT, Charles River, Harbour Cruise, and Quincy Market. Afternoon transfer back to New York City.

June 22 to June 25: Photography Workshops with overnights in New York.

Photography instruction will confirm Camera and Photography Basics and will introduce students to B&W Photography, Street Photography, Architectural Photography, Travel Photography, Landscape Photography, Long Exposure Photography and Night Photography.


"Torre pendent di Pisa" Pisa, Italy. 2013 Europe Tour.


Students will learn techniques such as Long Exposures, Panoramic Photography and Stitching Concepts. During these sessions student will also master Shutter, Aperture and Exposure concepts and will have opportunities for 1 on 1 tutoring with Mr. Cleroux.

Students will receive Certificates at the end of the tour.

This should be another excellent trip!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Introduction to Digital Photography
Instructor – Francois Cleroux

Starts May 07, 2015 - 6 Weeks - Thursdays 7:00 - 9:00 PM -
Cost - $79.00 + taxes

Just in time for summer holidays!

Learn more about your digital camera and how to use it effectively. This course will introduce basic camera terminology, demonstrate how to use 'all those buttons', and how to take better pictures through the understanding of the art of photography, exposure, composition and lighting. You will also learn what factors to consider when purchasing a new digital camera and have opportunities to ask questions about photos you bring to class with a view to improving your own artistic efforts.

A DSLR is recommended but a Point and Shoot will do. Also a great class to take before buying a new DSLR Camera. (Beginners to Intermediate)

Workshop Outline
- History of Photography
- Light and Colour
- Apertures, Shutter Speeds,
- ISOs
- Depth of Field
- Exposure
- Art & Composition
- Creative Consequences
- The Camera
- Sensors and Mega Pixels
- File Formats (RAW vs. JPG)
- Camera Types
- Lenses & Accessories
- Hands On with Your Camera

This course does not cover any aspects of Digital Workflow or File Management on the computer. You can benefit greatly by having your camera’s user manual. Please bring it along to the third class. Lost it? Most manuals can be found on the Internet for free!

Very Limited Space. Please RSVP.