Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What's in my camera bag?

What's in my camera bag have always been popular in photo articles, so here is mine.

This is my minimum set up for spot news, in the fall I replace my water bottle with a warm tuque and gloves.

A Canon 7D and Canon 50mm lens or my 24-70 f2.8 Canon L lens  attached to my camera,  a 70-200mm f4 L lens, a Canon 430 EX flash, a Canon 2x extender that I can attach to my 70-200mm lens if needed, easier to lug along that the much larger and heavier 100-400mm Canon lens. A GPS to pinpoint locations and find alternative routes, a spare CF card,  pen and small note pad, business cards, press card with lanyard, Lenspen and microfiber cloth to keep lens free of dust and blemishes, a small flashlight, all packed into a Lowepro messenger camera bag.

So when I head off to cover spot news items in a hurry, I can grab this bag and have all my equipment on hand once on site.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Stock sales

As photographers, most of us dream of waking up in the morning, spending our day shooting photos, ship our best shots to a photo agency and then living off our royalty payments from our chosen agency. But reality is a very different situation.

Stock sales with  agencies aren't what they used to be. For example, I have photos placed with Corbis. In the mid-2000s  their gross revenue was around $225 million, today they have a gross revenue in the $100 million. Unlike their collections of images, that continue to grow, sales are on a downward spiral. Their situation isn't very different from any other stock agency. 

Don't expect to make a full time living by  submitting your images to an agency. Corbis does get my photos in front of buyers that I would not normally have access to, and for me in this business, every sale counts.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Swamp

My new book "The Swamp" is now available.

The Swamp

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Shooting travel photos

People are surprised to find out that I don't travel to the far corners of the world to shoot travel photos.  I have more that enough material in my region to cover.  The Eiffel tower and the leaning tower of Pisa have been been overdone and have no appeal to publishers. Find something different and unique, usually in your own backyard.  Be original and creative look around your area, and I'm sure you will find something that hasn't already been covered 100 times. 

There is an interesting blog where you can benefit from some free marketing and travel writing information by Roy Stevenson which is worth a look.   Roy Stevenson blog

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Grand Prix Cycliste Montreal

The world's cycling elite crossed the Atlantic for the Grand Prix Cycliste of Montreal, part of the UCI WorldTour event.

One of the challenges of covering outdoor events is the weather, today it was the rain, heavy at times, but race continued, rain jackets where required for both photographer and camera.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

WRKDEPT fashion show

WRKDEPT outdoor fashion show held during the Fashion and Design Festival in Montreal.  WRKDEPT by Andy Long Hoany is a satirical contemporary street brand established in Montreal.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Atelier Wonder fashion show in Montreal

A model walks down the catwalk at the Atelier Wonder fashion show held during the Fashion and Design Festival in Montreal. Paulina Wonder is an emerging designer based in Montreal and recognized by her riotous prints.