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Posing Workshop

Last week we ran a mini “Posing Workshop” for the first time in Edmonton and it went fantastic! I’ll admit, the hours leading up to this event were a bit of a nail biter… even as Susan drove to meet up with the students at Whitemud Park, we wondered if we should bail and began discussing some indoor locations because the sky was a scary shade of green, and as she merged on to the Whitemud, the rain started pouring! NOOO! Alberta weather is so unpredictable and as a Wedding and Portrait Photographer for Picture That Photography, Susan is pretty used to coming up with alternative locations on the fly, but with students and models a half hour away, there was definitely some added pressure to pull this thing together.

After getting pelted with rain in the parking lot for awhile, at 6:30 when the workshop was to begin, suddenly the sky started clearing up and the rain stopped! Amazingly enough, the weather held just long enough for the workshop and then as she and the students loaded their gear to leave, the rain began again – talk about lucky!

We had beautiful models for this event who came dressed to the nines and willing to try anything! And by anything, I mean this brave model laid down in the mud at the end of the night and the result was stunning! Here is a photo submitted by a student in the workshop, Rodney King:


A common question we get asked from students is, What should I bring on a photoshoot? Here is a quick list of items you shouldn’t leave home without:

  • A step ladder for taking photos from a higher angle,
  • Blankets for covering the ground,
  • Paper Towel for wiping off places to sit, and
  • Bug Spray! The mosquitos in the wooded areas of Alberta can be super irritating so douse yourself and bring extra for your subjects! It’s pretty hard to get relaxed, candid moments like this, when your clients are getting eaten alive by mosquitos!


We covered a lot in a couple of hours at this workshop, if you missed it – don’t despair! We have a family edition of this workshop coming in August! We already have some great models lined up for this workshop as well and it will be focused on posing families and children –  Register today!


Winter Photography Tips

Icy roads, freezing temperatures, dead batteries and unbearable wind chill are just some of the many joys we have living here, in Alberta. But once in awhile, you can’t help but look around and think how beautiful everything looks under fresh fallen snow… The way it accumulates on the branches and how it seems like you can stare off into the landscape and see white forever. Those are the days you need to grab your camera and get out and capture something that you could never capture in one of those lame tropical countries that are just boring sandy beaches all year round. (dare to dream!)


Now that I have you feeling all inspired to capture the beautiful scene around you, shooting in the winter is not without a few challenges- preparation is key.

  1. Grab extra batteries! Nothing sucks your battery power quite like the cold.
  2. Use the biggest memory card you can find so you can save your freezing fingers the challenge of changing it out later on.
  3. Be smart with your gear and don’t shock it with sudden temperature changes. Coming directly inside from a -25 afternoon feels like a warm hug to us but your camera might hold a grudge. You could wind up with condensation in your camera or lenses so, acclimate your gear slowly afterward to avoid costly problems.

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Get Creative

Ever stare at a beautiful winter scene, take a photo and realize that you just didn’t do the scene justice? It winds up looking flat and boring? A great way to add some dimension to your winter scene is to practice shooting with a shallow depth of field- if you’re unfamiliar with this, we cover it in our class Using Your DSLR Camera. Also, try adding something interesting to the foreground, maybe a splash of color or, instead of trying to capture the entire landscape around you, focus on something small.


If you’re every feeling starved for inspiration or you want to connect with other photographers, join us for a photo walk! This is a great way to practice and reinforce the principles learned in class. Have fun! Be sure to share your winter photos with us on instagram, @thecplc!


Tips for the Traveling Photographer

Preparing Photographically for Your Next Trip

Are you planning to take a trip abroad, and feel overwhelmed with preparations for what to pack, photographically speaking?  Travelling with camera gear can be stressful, so here are some tips to get you started.

First off, NEVER check your cameras and lenses.   These should be taken as carry on whenever possible.  The voyage of checked baggage is often rough, and no amount of Fragile stickers will guarantee your gear makes it safely to your destination.   Also, make sure you have enough juice to power your camera on before airport security, as some security staff may want to see it actually is a camera.

Travel Photography what to pack

What should I pack?” This question is asked all the time and the answer is, it depends. You need to pack for what you plan to do on your trip. For example, if you’re going trekking in the Alps, you want to be mindful of how much everything weighs because you need to carry it! If you plan to shoot night scenes at your destination, you will need a tripod or monopod to steady your camera. If you’re going on a travel safari and your goal is to shoot amazing, up close animal photos, then you need to long telephoto lenses. If you’re headed to Brazil to capture the Olympics, then you need to select your gear with fast action shots in mind. And for the Instagrammers and social media mavens, if your camera doesn’t have built in wifi, get a wifi enabled memory card so that you can instantly send the photos to your phone or device.  So again, what should you pack? It depends… 😉

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Always Bring:

•Lots of memory cards. Don’t assume that you can buy them where you’re going because chances are they’re going to expensive and often times, unreliable.

•Extra Batteries (carry these on – new aviation laws restrict lithium batteries from being checked),


•Lens Cloths.

Also, it is important to back up your photos while vacationing. If you have the option to back up to the cloud or portable hard drives using a small laptop, great.  Even without a laptop, your hotel may have a computer for you to use, or else internet cafes are another place you could download your photos via a card reader.  Some cameras may also have dual card, which you can be written to simultaneously, so if one card fails, you have a backup.

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Safety First!

•Where petty crime is a concern, avoid sporting obvious camera bags with brandnames on them.

•Pack carefully so you can avoid fumbling around for what what you need.

•Always be aware of your surroundings while photographing.

•In crowds, walk with your bag on the front of you, so you can see it.

•Be discreet.

Relax, have fun and take lots of photos!

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