#262 Exposed! Photo Newsletter

I was the kid who liked doing everything… faster. Skiing, running, biking were always better at high speeds in my invincible youth. I still have fun on bikes and skis but it now often includes a camera.

Photo Motion Techniques

I discovered that giving the illusion of speed or motion in photographs can often be quite easily!

In this edition of Exposed! we learn about equipment needed and the advanced techniques to produce the kind of imagery that has done well for us at HarryNowell.com.

Discover the photo techniques in this month’s photo newsletter:

Mastering advanced motion techniques

#261 Pitching products and web advertising

We have started receiving requests to promote events, products or text ads as the blog has become more popular. I have always written about my experiences based on the products I use and am curious how to deal with the requests I now receive.

While we do accept some limited advertising on the site – and am grateful for the sponsor’s support – I want to develop a way to keep my comments genuine and allow for some extra content that fits the scope of this blog and our readers!

I realize we need to start defining how to deal with the requests. A visible policy is always a good start and we are starting to develop one.

In so doing I found a prominent Ottawa based blogger who has been blogging since before blogs were savvy. Andrea at QuietFish.com has quite a following on her blog “a peek inside the fishbowl” and visibky displays her pitch policy.

Good advice! Stay tuned as we develop policy.

#260 Rock Photographer Interview

I got an email last week from Scott, ProProgram student. He’s interested in many areas of photography including concert photography. Part of his homework is to investigate other photo businesses and photographer’s work to expand his photo horizons.

He sent me a link to an interview with Tony Mott, concert photographer, who has been following bands, as a working photographer, for 25 years.

Shooting live music at large venues is a job many people dream about. Of course it’s not all stars and glamour! We have covered many concerts for media and promotional uses with some pretty fun opportunities…

Ben HarperBen Harper

A selection of our work:

  • Ben Harper
  • Buddy Guy
  • Allison Kraus
  • Michael Franti
  • Ani DiFranco
  • George Thoroughgood
  • James Brown

And while it has been fun, there are stresses and pressures to shooting the events! Read Tony Mott’s interview for more insight!
Allison Kraus photo Allison Kraus

Michael Franti photo Michael Franti

#259 Wedding season

Wedding season approaches!

We cover small events or elements of a day in a candid or photojournalistic style to capture the life of the festivities. Posed and formal photos show the exterior of the event. Our candid coverage shows the soul of the celebration.

Last fall I was fortunate to photograph Lucie and Wayne’s wedding celebration.

From the moment we met Harry, we knew that we would get the kind of photos we were hoping for for our unconventional, small wedding. We had a fabulous time and Harry captured that perfectly – the photos told the story!” – Lucie and Wayne

Before shooting I was instructed to remove my tie. And so the fun began:

Wedding photography

Wedding photography

Wedding photography

Wedding photography

Wedding photography

Thanks Lucie and Wayne, for a fun afternoon!

#258 Canoe & Kayak Magazine

The latest issue of Canoe & Kayak – Whitewater is out. The magazine is one of the largest paddling mags in North America. This month Canadian canoe hero, Paul Mason is featured. This time I supplied a portrait and a shot as Paul paddles over the edge of Hogsback Falls on the Rideau River.

Paul Mason

Certainly a fun assignment, it’s nice to work with someone like Paul. He has worked in front of cameras much of his life and currently works in a creative field producing a self syndicated cartoon of paddling adventures – Bubblestreet.ca

Paul Mason

#257 Cycling Photo Workshop

Test your skills at the Sport Photo Workshop Series exploring bike race photography.

Sport Photo Workshop

The workshop

The course covers four weekday evenings in June experimenting with the challenges of shooting races and cyclists. We will cover:

  • equipment management for fast paced sports
  • shooting high speed subjects
  • motion basics
  • use of creative motion
  • dealing with different weather and shooting locations
  • compositional details

Sport Photo Workshop

The sessions will be held in different parts of Ottawa including at least one, probably two, criterion bike races as well as a session to challenge yourselves with creative applications of motion.

Who is Harry Nowell?

Harry Nowell has worked as a photographer since the early 90’s covering sports events, editorial work and supplying sports imagery to a network of stock agencies around the world. His imagery has been licensed in Europe, Asia, Australia and North/South America.

Sport Photo Workshop

Harry has covered World Cup Nordic and Biathlon events, alpine events, bike races. His work has been featured in magazines around North America. Clients include the NCC, Canadian Geographic, Canoe& Kayak Magazine, Explore, etc. Harry teaches photo workshops throughout the year. He runs HarryNowell.com from Chelsea, Quebec.

Workshop Details:

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 2009 – evenings

$250 + GST

More workshop info. See photos from last year’s workshop. More photos!

Designed to help you take better race photos the course will make you shine!

Sport Photo Workshop

#255 Choosing a Photo Workshop

People ask: “Why should I take a workshop at HarryNowell.com and not the one being offered by my

  1. local community college
  2. small art school
  3. friend’s mother’s cousin?

Good question. I want to say “Take my courses because they’re the best.” But, really, not all workshops are right for all people. The good news is that with a little legwork, you can find the photo workshop that best suits your needs.

Some people believe better equipment will help them create better photos – weigh in on the “instruction vs equipment” debate.

Below are some tips to help you find a photo workshop that’s right for you:

Harry Nowell; photographer and teacher

Working the Night Light Photo Workshop

1. Decide what you want to learn – Are you just looking for the basics
or are you more interested in a specific area of photography (landscapes, portraits, sports, post-processing etc)?

2. What format works for you? – Often a short, intense workshop over
a few days helps kick start your experience. A course that offers many sessions over several weeks may better help you progress to your goals.

Harry Nowell; photographer and teacher

Working the Urban Landscapes Photo Workshop

3. Choose a workshop that has a large practical component with the photographer present. Would you fly an airplane based purely on classroom teaching? Hands on workshops with the instructor will help you learn more, faster. Is there a critique session? These are valuable!

4. How long are the sessions? Learning is intense! After six hours of learning your brain will not process new material very well. For most effective learning, look for a workshop with reasonably short sessions.

5. How big are the workshops? Personal attention will help you get further ahead. And ten students is a lot for an instructor to assist! For best success choose a course with a low maximum enrollment. You are paying for the instructor’s expertise – you should receive the attention you’re paying for.

Harry Nowell; photographer and teacher

Harry Nowell, self portrait

6. Find the right photographer – There are many, many people with cameras who offer photo services after their regular job finishes. Look for an experienced photographer with many years behind them.

7. Find the right teacher – Many skilled photographers have never been taught to teach. Not every talented person can teach the skills they possess. I would not want Mike Tyson, heavyweight boxing champion, to teach me boxing! Teaching, like photography, is a technical skill. It is important to find someone who understands effective teaching principles.

8. Contact the photography instructor – How is their service? Do they respond quickly? Are they courteous and professional? Do they seem enthusiastic about the subject matter?

9. Look for student testimonials or ask for referrals. The more opinions you can find the better.

Harry Nowell; photographer and teacher

Harry Nowell

10. Have fun and take care of yourself – Remember, you can’t be expected to learn everything over night. Becoming a better photographer is a process that takes time. Finding the right photo workshop and photographer is a good first step.