#760 Corel Painter introductory seminar with Claudia Salguero

Yesterday on the blog I said you were lucky.

Well you’re lucky two days in a row. Corel Master Photographer Claudia Salguero joins us at our studio April 14th to introduce and entertain you with possibilities from Corel Painter.

Looking for a boost for your creative brain?

This may be it.

Claudia Salguero - Corel Painter

Claudia Salguero - Corel Painter

Think of Corel Painter as a software that will help turn your photos into paintings with simulated painting strokes. An added Wacom tablet helps mimic the ideas of painting – light brush strokes or heavy, jagged gouges with the pallet knife (or Wacom pen) simulate traditional art makng.

Claudia is an expert in the photo painting genre. Recognized by Corel as a ‘Painter Master‘ (wait a few seconds for the Masters to appear on the page) she has won awards and commissions in Europe, North and South America.

Register online at the bottom of the Painter Seminar page or contact us to register with a live human being.

Claudia Salguero

Claudia Salguero

#759 New workshop with Quinton Gordon – “Authorship of Photos”

Today on the photo blog we are pleased to announce (trumpets blare) that we have booked Quinton Gordon for a photo workshop in September, 2012.

We are lucky.

YOU are lucky!

Quinton Gordon

© Quinton Gordon

Quinton hails from Victoria, BC. He is part owner of Luz Gallery, produces editorial & commercial and offers many fine photo workshops. He’s been published by Canadian Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, Outside and many others. His awards are many and he is a featured photographer for the Leica Akademy North America.

Quinton Gordon

Quinton Gordon

And he is coming to Ottawa September 20-23 to bring his “Authorship of  Photographs” to eight lucky people.

The workshop “… helps you define your photographic voice in ways that push beyond the boundaries of single image-making and preconceptions about the creative process.”

Challenge yourself and your perceptions.


Th/Fr, September 20, 21 (6-9pm)

Sat/Sun, September 22, 23 (10am-1pm)

Ottawa Studio Works; 160 Preston St, Ottawa

$400 + applicable taxes.

Register online at the bottom of Quinton’s workshop page page or contact us to register by phone or email.

#758 Sheep Shearing Photo Safari

Join us in May for a visit to a working farm to capture sheep shearing and working dogs.

Have the opportunity to photograph sheep shearing and herding dogs run agility tests… with the support of a supportive photographer to help you (and your photos) look good!

Sheep Shearing Photo Safari

Date: Sunday, May 20th, 2012 from 9-11:30

Cost: $75 + taxes

Location: Ottawa area

Registration: Visit the safari page for online registration or contact us for human supported registration options.


Sheep Shearing Farm Safari

Sheep Shearing Farm Safari

#757 The photo studio featured on the blog

It’s Thursday night and I’ve just returned from our studio in Ottawa for our weekly Open Doors session. Our studio is coming up to two years old and we’re proud of what it has become:

Ottawa Studio Works Photo Blog

The studio has it’s own blog, too. Updated once a week, Friday’s Photographer Round-up highlights the week’s collection of links from working photographer’s blogs. Ottawa Studio Works’ blog is not fancy but leads to fancy things. We are always open to receiving suggestions for the OSW weekly blog post! (Hint, hint!) We look for fun, interesting photo projects that do more than say “This is what I shot this week.”

Check the Ottawa Studio Works Blog every Friday – usually posts in the middle of the day.

Ottawa Art Exhibition

Ottawa Art Exhibition

Exhibitions and Shows

We’ve hosted shows for Harry Nowell (erm, that’s me) as well as David TrattlesBlair GableKevin Foisy. Coming up we have shows for a private school’s art program (May/June), Festival Music (June), Photojournalism (August), Lou Truss (September), Shona Schneider’s “Turkey” (October) and our Annual Open House in November or December.

Open Doors

The Open Doors started because we started seeing foot prints in the snow below the main window suggesting people were peering into the studio. We also had a pedestrian (politely) interrupt a meeting because “I’ve always wanted to see inside – can I look around?”

We started opening up and the response has been good. Tonight there was a steady stream of students, clients, readers-of-our-blog and curious pedestrians who came to see some Watershed prints or were curios about the studio.

Next Thursday’s Open Doors we have an informal critique session. Please come with one piece to show – either through a laptop (you can bring a memory stick or laptop) or traditional print. It will be informal and we will manage the critique depending on who comes when. If you email us a photo we will be able to prepare it in the line-up.

Ottawa studio portrait

Ottawa studio portrait

Portraits and Rentals

The studio is also home base for portraits. We offer traditional portrait sessions but also offer very fun Do-it-Yourself Portrait Sessions for those that want a studio experience without the cost of hiring a photographer. You can book an hour of time and simply plug in your camera to our pre set lights. We provide the studio. You provide the fun! Results have been great and the laughter is nice to hear!

Photo studio rentals have grown, too. Clients like the central location and proximity to Little Italy and Chinatown. The 11’x24′ main space is plenty big enough for photo or video needs. People from as far as Montreal and Barrie have booked the rental studio for their clients.

Workshops and Presentations

There has been lots of learning in the studio from fundamentals photo courses to seminars to guest photographers like David Trattles. And we have an exciting line-up that should be announced next week. Stay tuned!