June Update

Posted on 07. Jun, 2011 by in Everything, Monthly Updates, News

Photography Fundamentals

© Colin Bullock

Woman reading at Providence Centre

Nikon D300s, Nikon 55-200mm F4.0-5.6 @ 120mm
1/1000th of a second at F6.3, ISO 100
Hand Held

I just finished a weekend workshop called Photography Fundamentals with a great group of people.  We had a great weekend of weather which allowed the students to get outside and photograph on the beautiful grounds of the Providence Centre, the new home for my Burwell School of Photography.  After the workshop was over I spent some time reviewing some of the images my students made during the course and it was very exciting to see the marked improvement in their photography when comparing their first efforts of the workshop to their final project submissions.

The above photograph, made by Colin Bullock, one of my students for the Photography Fundamentals weekend workshop represents the level of work the students were producing by the end of the workshop.  Colin chose to frame this shot using the branches of a tree to help direct the viewer’s attention to the woman reading on the top of a tree stump on the Providence Centre’s grounds.

Who wants a deal?

© Paul Burwell Photography

I rarely have special pricing on my workshops, but I have decided to make an exception in one particular case this summer.  I’m providing a $100 discount to any new registrants for my Summer Wildlife Photography Workshop to be held in Kalispell, Montana from July 22 – 25, 2011.

This workshop is an excellent opportunity to sharpen your wildlife photography skills while amassing a tremendous portfolio of wildlife images.  The summer workshop gives you the opportunity to photograph a mixture of juvenile and adult animals from species including, but not limited to: Black Bear Cub, Grizzly Bear, Mountain Lion, Lynx, Bobcat, Wolf and Coyote.

To take advantage of this special offer, you just need to register before July 1, 2011 (or before the workshop sells out) and when you register online, you need to use the discount code Summer-2011 when you register online.

Summer Time and the training is easy

© Paul Burwell Photography

Couple walking at the Providence Centre

Canon 5D Mark II, 24-70 F2.8L @70mm
1/50th of a second at F18, ISO 400
Hand Held

I’m experimenting with running a number of summer weekend workshops this year at my Edmonton based Burwell School of Photography in Edmonton.  I know many people take vacations during our short summers here in Alberta, but I’m hoping that there will be enough people around to make these weekend workshops worthwhile.

I’ve got a DSLR Fundamentals Workshop running on the weekend of July 9th and 10th for those newer photographers interested in learning to master the controls of their digital SLR cameras.  This is a technical course with lots of hands-on shooting to help the students understand how their camera works.

I’ve also got one of my Adobe Photoshop Lightroom boot camp weekends running the weekend of July 16th and 17th.  These workshops allow you to completely immerse yourself into Lightroom so that you can begin to master this program designed by and for photography.  Adobe Photoshop Lightroom forms the base of the workflow (the steps I use to get the images from the camera, into the computer, developed and then output) that I use in my photography.  In my opinion, the vast majority of photographers will never need any other program to manage or edit their photographs than Lightroom.

Courses and Workshops

We thank you for your continued support and would love to see you at an upcoming workshop. Our workshops continue to receive great reviews and we enjoy putting them on as much as our clients are enjoying their participation.

Based on the support and feedback we’ve received, we’ve added a number of new workshops based on our intensive weekend format from our central Edmonton location. Whether you’re new to photography or looking to get a handle on your software to process your images, we’ve got a course for you. We’ve also added a new week long course in August for the serious amateur photographer who is passionate about outdoor photography to find ways of making income from that photography.

One of our new courses, DSLR Fundamentals, has been very popular and we have received many requests to hold a part 2 , or a ‘where do we go from here?’ course. Have a look at our Photography Fundamentals Workshop, designed for those who have completed our DSLR Fundamentals course, or another course like it, or have equivalent experience. You can find more details under the course listing.

Stay tuned for course listings for the remainder of 2011 in our upcoming newsletter!

As always, if you’d like to see a course offered that isn’t listed here, please let us know. If there’s enough interest we can make it happen! Also, if a course or workshop you want to take is sold out, we encourage you to put your name on the waiting list. Just click on the course heading you want and the button “add to wait list” and we will contact you if a space becomes available. If there’s enough folks on the waiting list we can always run another course if possible.

Workshop/Course Name Location Dates
Spring Wildlife Photography Workshop Kalispell, Montana, USA Jun 17 – 20, 2011
Loons & Other Wildlife Workshop Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada Jun 24 – 28, 2011
NEW! DSLR Fundamentals Weekend Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Jul 9 – 10, 2011
NEW! Adobe Lightroom Weekend Workshop Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Jul 16 – 17, 2011
Summer Wildlife Photography Workshop Kalispell, Montana, USA Jul 22 – 25, 2011
NEW! Business of Outdoor Photography Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Aug 22 – 26, 2011
NEW! Fall Wildlife Intensive Weekend Workshop Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Sep 16 – 18, 2011
NEW! DSLR Fundamentals Workshop Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Sep 24 – 25, 2011
NEW! Photoshop Elements Weekend Workshop Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Oct 1 – 2, 2011
NEW! Fall Wildlife Photography Workshop Kalispell, Montana, USA Oct 7 – 10, 2011

Photography Tip – Sharpness is overrated

© Paul Burwell Photography

Sweet Peas in Purple

Canon 5D Mark II, 24-70 F2.8L @70mm
1/125th of a second at F2.8, ISO 100
Hand Held

In my opinion, famous French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson said it best when he said “an insatiable craving for sharpness of images. Is this the passion of an obsession? Or do these people hope, by this technique to get closer to grips with reality?”

It seems to me that far too often, especially in this age of digital photography and pixel peeping that there is an unhealthy obsession with sharpness.  Sure, getting sharp images is a useful and necessary skill for photography.  Alternatively there is a lot to be said for knowing when to use the qualities of depth-of-field and motion blur to help control what is and what is not in focus and in doing so one can create a more compelling image.

Summer time photography

© Paul Burwell Photography

Purple Finch @1400mm

Canon 5D Mark II, 500mm F4L IS, 1.4x & 2.0x teleconverters @ 1400mm
1/800th of a second at F16, -1/3 of Exposure Compensation, ISO 800
Gitzo 3541XLS Tripod, Jobu-Design BWG-Pro Gimbal Head

Summer is close to arriving here in Edmonton.  Our garden is coming along nicely and the singing of the male Purple Finch whose partner is nesting in the tree just outside my office window is a daily melodic reminder of the season.  While we haven’t had any real hot weather in Edmonton thus far, I’m okay with that as I’m most comfortable when the temperature lies between 23 and 28 Celsius (73 – 82 Fahrenheit).

I’m preparing for three upcoming wildlife photography workshops.  The first is my annual Spring Wildlife Workshop held at the Triple “D” Game Farm in Kalispell, Montana.  This workshop always features a lot of the cute baby animals and the students always go home with an avalanche of great images.

After that I’ll head off to the Kamloops area of British Columbia for my annual Loon Photography Workshop at the Lac Le Jeune Conference Centre.  We should be just in time to watch some Loons with chicks riding around on their backs.  Unlike most Loons I’ve encountered in the wild, the Loons here are extremely tame and often our problem is that we’ve got too close to them and need to back off instead of not being able to get close in the first place.

And my final summer wildlife workshop is back again at the Triple “D” Game Farm in Kalispell.  This workshop also features a bunch of younger animals (about a month older than they were in June, go figure) along with a mixture of adult animals for a bit more balance.  Folks who enjoy the warm temperatures always enjoy my Summer Wildlife Workshop and don’t forget that you can get a $100 discount by using the code Summer-2011 when you register for the workshop online.

All that travel keeps a fellow pretty busy but I really enjoy the trips and especially the opportunity to meet some new students and try to impart a little of my experience and it’s especially satisfying to be able to reconnect students who have chosen to join me for another workshop.

If you have any questions or comments about anything you’ve read in this newsletter or any questions about photography in general, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line.

“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.”
~ Gertrude ~

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One Response to “June Update”

  1. Grant Baugh

    31. Jul, 2011

    I had the opportunity to photograph two wild whitetail buck deer (12 and 8 point) fighting at very close range (20-50 feet). Hopefully a couple of them are of a quality thet they could be published. The rest are just an interesting part of the story.

    Got any ideas where I might get them published?