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CONTENTS February/March 2015, Volume 40, Number 2
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Contributors Editorial Exposure Close-up
VISION Cover photo by Brandi Guzman
20 Behind the Image Julien Bourbon by Véronica Gill For the last several years, Julien Bourbon has been exploring an early photographic technique that was invented over 150 years ago. The now-rare wet-plate collodion process allows him to make distinctive images.
26 Without the Frame Shadow Play, Monterosso al Mare, Italy by David duChemin There’s something magic about the light in Italy: even at its highest and hottest, it’s beautiful. The shadows it creates seem to have a life of their own.
30 Emerging Photographers Competition This year’s portfolio features the work of 21 emerging photographers, including the winner of the first Photo Life Student Award.
36 Canadian Photography Program Directory The most up-to-date information on leading Canadian colleges and universities offering photography programs.
42 Showtime Mountains
TECHNIQUE 44 Photo 101 Scene Mode: Portrait by Jean-François Landry Scene modes are simple, efficient and perfectly suited for enthusiast use. This series explains how they work and how to get by without them.
46 FAQ Diffusers and Reflectors
by Jean-François Landry Using an external flash fixes several exposure problems, but certain ones remain. Thankfully, there is a plethora of accessories that will compensate for these small shortcomings.
GEAR 48 Digital Workflow Latest Software Revisions
30 PHOTO LIFE
by David Tanaka Most of today’s image-editing software updates emphasize on improving the user experience by making the software perform faster and more smoothly while creating a better interface.
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52 Buying Used Equipment by Dale Wilson This article covers some tips to help you shop for used equipment, whether you’re looking online or locally.
56 Review SilverFast HDR Studio by David Tanaka Your film camera might be ready for the flea market, but there could still be gold in those negs and slides. LaserSoft Imaging is one of the few companies still developing dedicated scanning software packages.
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EDITORIAL February/March 2015, Volume 40, Number 2 was born in the 1970s when cars were still huge vessels roaming the highways, consuming tons of gas. I went to school with no ice packs in my lunchbox. The first computer that I encountered was a Commodore VIC-20, which was awesome at the time (5 KB of RAM, with only 3.5 available!). In high school, I did research using the library’s card-catalogue system and encyclopaedias—actual heavy, printed encyclopaedias. I began writing university papers on a beige cubic Macintosh computer with a blackand-white screen. I did drawings on it too—horrible. When I bought my first camera for a photography course I was taking as part of my arts studies, the vendor told me the used Nikon FM was a safe investment since I could always resell it for the same price: $250. It’s funny how things change, right? And now I’m realizing that those who are just beginning their adult life in 2015 never actually knew a world without digital. They were born with low-emission vehicles, highperforming computers and digital cameras, fear of room-temperature mayonnaise, and most of their education was done with the help of the Internet. And on top of that, they are constantly facing an onslaught of photographic images. Nonetheless, a growing part of this new generation of photographers is turning to traditional techniques such as Polaroid transfer or even more complex chemical processes such as wet-plate collodion. All of this is new to them—this IS the new thing. And since they use these traditional processes in new ways and sometimes even combine them with digital techniques, they are actually reinventing photography. Mixing the old with the new can create some wonderful things! This issue features the work of Julien Bourbon, one of these “new” photographers using “old” techniques. We also are pleased to present some of today’s best Canadian emerging photographers with the results of our Emerging Photographers competition. Enjoy!
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COMING UP The Azores A photographer’s paradise The World We Live In Contest results FAQ Lens conversion and equivalents Photo 101 Handheld Night scene mode Sharing images safely on the Web Photo bags and cases for travel And more…
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[your view] AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Thank you for the very good article written by Scott Linstead called “How to Fly a Camera.” —Mark Betuzzi (Radio Spectrum Chair, Model Aeronautics Association of Canada) via email
RE:“TRYING AN ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SHOOT” ON THE BLOG I was the model for this assignment. I must say I had an amazing time working with Kei! The pictures came out great! On the day of the photoshoot, Fernando and I tried so many poses to get the best ones since we are not models in real life, LOL, but Kei was very patient and had great ideas as well to get the per-
fect picture! It was a lot of fun doing this project with her; we explored new romantic places in Toronto and enjoyed every moment of it... —Maria Jose via Facebook Photo Life is proud to partner with Seneca students (like Kei Miyajima mentioned above) to document their journey through the school curriculum. Visit the Photo Life blog each week to follow along!
THE DECEMBER/JANUARY COVER Beautiful cover as usual! —Claude Robidoux via Facebook
WORLDWIDE WOW PHOTO CONTEST The 8th annual Worldwide WOW Photo Contest, sponsored by the Canadian Progress Club Elevate, is open from February 1 through March 31. Canadian amateur and professional photographers are invited to enter in one of four categories (Nature, Capture Canada, Faces Around the World or Global Travel). All proceeds go to support The Canadian Women’s Foundation, which helps women and girls impacted by poverty and violence. wowphotocontest.ca 2014-11-06 2:59 PM Page 1
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EXPOSURE [what’s on] VIEWPOINT GALLERY
TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) has announced that the TIPA Photo Trophy 2015 contest is open for entries through March 23. The theme is Discover the World: Open (Y)our Eyes to the Beauty of Planet Earth. This free contest is a special theme within the Trierenberg Super Circuit & Special Themes Circuit 2015, which is the largest photo art contest in the world. The first prize is €5000, the second prize is €3000 and third prize is €2000. For more information, visit photocontest.at or tipa.com.
ViewPoint Gallery in Halifax is featuring Christopher Jordan’s Suburban Sublime from February 4 through March 1. Jordan’s work highlights the wondrous and mystical events that can be discovered within suburbia, while exploring the ambiguity between realism and abstraction. On view from March 4 through 29, Presentification of Paradise showcases Jean-René Leblanc’s digital colour and infrared images. viewpointgallery.ca
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Did you know that rock singer Bryan Adams is also an impressive photographer? Setting aside the question of whether or not it’s fair for one person to have so much talent, it’s clear that this artist creates stunning images. Exposed is on view at the Musée National de Beaux Arts de Québec in Quebec City from February 19 through June 14—and this is the only chance to see this exhibition in eastern Canada. With 130 black-and-white and colour images, Exposed features two groups of Adams’s work: his portraits of celebrities and his recent work with British soldiers who served in Afghanistan or Iraq. (For more on Bryan Adams’s photography, subscribers can check out our interview with him in the December/January 2013 issue in the digital archives.) mnbaq.org
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RARE GLIMPSE INSIDE SECOND WORLD WAR JEWISH GHETTO Never before seen in Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto is presenting the work of Polish Jewish photojournalist Henryk Ross. Taken at great risk, these 200 images document what daily life was like under Nazi rule in the Lodz ghetto. Ross buried the negatives in the ground to try to preserve this important historical record of suffering and tragedy. Over half of his 6000 negatives are intact, making this collection one of the largest visual records to survive the Holocaust. The photographs will be accompanied by artefacts like Ross’ identity card and footage from the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann, for which Ross’ images served as evidence. Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross, 1940-1944 is on view from January 31 through June 14. ago.net
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