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 

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.