#720 New Photography Classes – Create a photo narrative of still photographs into a video with David Trattles

Yesterday we announced some good fortune – two new landscape based photo course offerings with J David Andrews.

Today we are trumpeting some more good fortune. Dave Trattles will be back in Ottawa to teach a new course based on his expertise  of social documentary photography called:

Developing a Photo Narrative with David Trattles

Based on his past (and very popular) course – “Social Documentary Photography with David Trattles” – David has created a new course based on his unique principles of social documentary photography but adding a twist.

His new curriculum has students shooting a social documentary assignment on regular DSLR cameras and turning the resulting photos into a one minute video presentation using simple, available software – no video skills needed!

David Trattles social documentary photography course

David Trattles social documentary photography course - © David Trattles

Date: May 10-13, 2012

Location: Central Ottawa at our photo studio – Ottawa Studio Works.

Cost: $4oo + taxes

Contact us to register for the David’s new course – Developing a Photo Narrative

#719 New Photography Classes – Winter Landscapes and Macro

We’re pretty lucky.

And that means YOU are lucky, too!

We’ve booked two outdoor workshops this winter and spring.  And each participant will receive a premium print from printer, Dave Andrews.

Dave Andrews - printer

Dave Andrews - printer

And Dave Andrews’ prints for his clients hang in some of the finest galleries in North America! Dave, the printer has a lifetime of expertise and consulted on the printing of Canadian money!


Coming up are two workshops:


1. Winter Landscapes
Late February, 2012
Join us in late February (read “better chance of warmer weather with good snow.”) as he leads you to some secret spots. Learn to practically shoot comfortably in winter, manage equipment and produce stunning imagery to impress your friends!

June 2012
Join us again in June as he helps you dive into the world of macro photography. Enter new worlds through the macro lens. Learn focusing and other techniques to capture miniature life on a blade of grass.


Contact us to reserve your spot.

#718 Santa’s coming Sunday! – Has your dog been good?


Santa is swooping down this Sunday, December 11th for an afternoon of photos at the West Quebec SPCA. Bring your furry friend – dog, cat, hamster – for a photo with Santa. $15 with all proceeds going to the SPCA.

It’s a crazy afternoon of fun and a chance to help the animals of the shelter over the season. Please bring some extra $donations, dog and cat food for the shelter crew.


 SPCA of Western Quebec

659 Auguste-Mondoux, in the Aylmer sector of the city of Gatineau.

Sunday, December 11th; 

11:30 – mid afternoon – get their early!

Pet photography Ottawa Aylmer West Quebec SPCA

Pet photography at the SPCA

#717 January Composition Photo Safari Announced

We’ve been asked for this so here it is…

In January we are leading a safari to the wilds of architectural delight. Come with your cameras to observe and investigate visual design in different ways.

composition photo safari Otatwa

composition photo safari Otatwa

Join us for the indoor Composition Photo Safari:

• Play with lines and light.

• Get lost in nuances of stone, wood and subtle light.

• Bring an old friend or meet a new friend.

• Challenge old photo patterns and shed new light on your photos.

Composition Photo Safari - Ottawa

Composition Photo Safari - Ottawa


January 22, 2012; 1-3pm

Indoor (warm!) central Ottawa/Gatineau location

$75 + taxes.

Contact us to reserve your spot in the Composition Photo Safari.

#716 Ottawa Photo Studio – Open House Fun

Yep, it was fun.

On Saturday night we opened the doors to our photo studio for a fun filled evening of music, photography and smiles. The studio was full.

The Open House doors were thrown open to celebrate a number of things:

• Watershed – I unveiled a Sneak Peek of ‘Watershed’ – see photos. It’s a photo exhibition launching in 2012, that presents photography along 8km of a creek flowing through pristine beauty and concrete mega structures that allow people to get over the ‘little creek.’

Ottawa Studio Works - open house - Watershed unveiling

Ottawa Studio Works - open house - Watershed unveiling

• Student Work – Participants from our photo classes had an opportunity to show off their successes

• Christmas gift buying season – we have cards, posters, prints and limited editions for every budget on your list. Contact us if there are people still needing gifts on your list. And a big thanks to everyone who bought from us – supporting local artists and main street merchants goes a long way in supporting the grass roots of our economy!

Ottawa Studio Works - open house - Watershed unveiling

Ottawa Studio Works - open house - Watershed unveiling

• Friends and Supporters of HarryNowell.com – the Open House was our way of saying THANK-YOU to everyone who has helped our business stay in business, providing smiles and services to the community. (… As I write this a large family is laughing and smiling their way through a DIY portrait session – where we rent our photo studio for people to take their own portraits.)

A big thanks to everyone who made last night such a success. We had help from many – Cait, Quinn, Jess. Photos are courtesy of Nadine Lamoureux – thanks! And we bought yummy cupcakes from Nancy B and were pleased to use DJ services from Ron LaVoie.

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you.

Ottawa Studio Works - open house - Watershed

Ottawa Studio Works - open house - Watershed unveiling

#715 ProProgram Social

Tonight members of the ProProgram met for dinner at Pub Italia (yum) followed by a show and tell session at our studio – OttawaStudioWorks.com. The ProProgram are a group of people jumpstarting their photography. Many are looking to start a photo business part time or full time. Others want to take their photography on a steep learning curve.

The Programmers take photo courses, meet for critique/development sessions, and are required to do some shadowing with established photographers. The program also provides a network for the photographers to grow.

The studio was a little upside down as we put the final touches on our photo studio’s Open House on Saturday.

Overall the evening went well. Programmer’s exchanged ideas, shared photos, traded contacts and offered advice to the rest of the group.

Smiles all around…

Some will be exhibiting their hard work at our Open House. Come to cheer their successes Saturday December 3rd at 7pm – OttawaStudioWorks.com – 160 Preston St!

ProProgram - photo student in a class

ProProgram photography course