October 2011 Update

Posted on 25. Oct, 2011 by in Everything, Monthly Updates, News

Burwell Photography
October 2011 Update

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Busy, busy, busy….© Paul Burwell Photography

Fall Colour on the Alberta Prairie
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100-400 F4.5-5.6L IS @260mm
1/200th of a second at F5.6, ISO 800
Hand Held

An entrepreneur is always hesitant to complain about being too busy.  After all, the alternative can lead to difficulty putting food on the table.  That being said, I would have to confess that I’ve found this fall to be a bit busy for my liking. I’ve had workshops of one description or another almost every weekend.  Additionally, it seems that this is the time of year many galleries have their calls for submissions due.  Add that together with some writing, some home renovations, some new photo contracts and I suddenly find that I’m Mr. Busy.

Don’t get me wrong.  I am NOT complaining.  I love teaching.  I love writing.  And, when the opportunities present themselves, I love photographing.  It is a great honour to help influence the photography of the students who come to my classes.  I love writing for Outdoor Photography Canada  and I love the serenity I find through photography.

Fortunately, my wife Kathryn helps keep me organized.  Kathryn is a registered nurse and she sure knows how to stay organized.  If it wasn’t for her, I don’t think I would have been able to accomplish a fraction of what I have so far this year.

On top of that, I’ve been working on a bunch of projects.  I have a show of my art coming up at the Art Gallery of St. Albert in December and January, I’m working on adding new instructors to my photography school to expand our course offerings (see below for more info), and I’ve produced a couple of greeting card sets featuring my snowflake photography just in time for the holiday season.

I’ve also been working with the Triple “D” Game Farm to plan a new workshop for April 2012 when they bring a selection of their animals to Monument Valley, Utah for a fantastic photo shoot.  Keep reading to learn how you can sign up for this workshop.

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McBain Camera Photographic Trade Show


For the second year running  the Burwell School of Photography, is going to have a booth at the annual McBain Camera Trade Show.  The show runs on Sunday, October 30th from 9:30am – 5:00pm.  McBain will have deals on a bunch of photographic equipment, the major manufacturers will all be there to promote their gear and I’ll be there to talk about our courses.

Stop by and say hi-we’d love to hear what’s new and exciting for you! You also can enter our draw to win yourself:

You can also pick up a handout of the upcoming course offerings for the winter/spring season and see what new courses we’re adding! .

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New Instructors at the Burwell School of Photography

I have a lot of different interests when it comes to photography, but I’ve chosen to specialize in just a few.  I’ve been wanting to expand our course offerings in order to serve our customers better.

Chris StambaughChris Stambaugh

And of course, it is extremely important to me that any new instructors are able to offer an exceptional combination of experience and teaching skill to our students.  My goal is to build a school offering an unparalleled photography education by photographers for photographers.

With that in mind, I’m pleased to welcome Chris Stambaugh to the team.

Chris Stambaugh is an award winning portrait photographer and is the past president of the Professional Photographers of Canada. He is a graduate of Nait’s photography program, and has been in the photography business since 1990.  He has earned a reputation as a leader in the photographic industry and is one of Edmonton’s top ranked photographers.  Chris also currently teaches at NAIT am Metro Continuing Education in Edmonton.

NEW COURSES:  Portrait Photography Weekend Intensive Weekend Workshop February 4 & 5, 2012  and  Wedding Photography Weekend Intensive Weekend Workshop  March 3 & 4, 2012.

© Stambaugh Photographic


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Monument Valley Wildlife Photography Workshop© Paul Burwell Photography

Mountain Lion jumping the red rocks of Utah – CA
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100-400 F4.5-5.6L IS @210mm
1/2000th of a second at F5, ISO 400
Hand Held

The folks at the Triple “D” Game Farm who help me host four wildlife photography workshops each year in Kalispell, Montana, always find somewhere interesting to travel each April.

For April 2012, they have totally outdone themselves!  They are working with the Navajo Nation to host their amazing animals on Navajo land.  Imagine a Mountain Lion posing on the red rocks with the iconic red rock formations known as mittens in the background.  An opportunity to photograph these animals on  Navajo lands probably won’t come along again in the foreseeable future.

The workshop runs from April 14 – 16, 2012.  If you want, you can add an additional optional session on April 13th to photograph a Navajo Mustang roundup and Navajo culture.  After the workshop wraps up the the 16th of April, you can also add a tour of the back country of Monument Valley with two Navajo guides on April 17th.

If you’re  interested, you need to act quickly. I just started selling spots and they are filling up very fast. Lodging is also booking up quickly as there are not many hotels in this area.

You can find more information on the workshop through this link.


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Snowflake Greeting Cards

© Paul Burwell Photography

Snowflake Greeting Cards

I have produced a series of greeting cards featuring my snowflake images.  The cards measure six inches by six inches and are blank inside.  The back of each card features the name I’ve assigned to the snowflake along with the classification of the type of crystal it is and a brief description of how the images are made.

There are two card sets available.  The first features ten individual cards with one snowflake each, while the other set contains ten cards featuring a 3 x 3 grid of snowflakes on the front.

A box of ten cards with envelopes is just $20 Canadian plus shipping.

If you’re interested in ordering yourself some cards, you can do so through this link.

If you’re in the Edmonton area, you can also pick them up through the Royal Alberta MuseumArt Gallery of St. Albert and the Muttart Conservatory gift shops.

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Workshop Hints

If you are considering attending a photography course try not to buy new equipment right beforehand without giving yourself time to get familiarized with it.  It doesn’t matter if it is a new laptop or a brand new camera, lens or tripod you got yourself for a photography workshop or class.  In my opinion, you’ll be a lot happier with trusted, tried and true equipment during your class than with something brand new that you aren’t totally familiar with yet.  Save yourself some aggravation and either take time to get to know the new piece of equipment in advance of the course, or stick to the gear you’re already comfortable with.  It can save you a few grey hairs and help keep your blood pressure under control. Plus you may learn some tips and advice from others that will help you decide what you want to buy after the course!

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Who wants to save some money?

I have secured some deals with a number of my favourite photography related companies.  These deals help my students save some money on some of the products I really believe in.

  • You can subscribe to the magazine I work for, Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine, and when you use the code cdisc0unt2011 you will receive an extra 10% off of the subscription price (offer valid until Dec 31/2011).
  • If you’ve ever attended one of my workshops and seen a demonstration of some of the plugins available from NIK Software than you know how powerful and easy to use they are.  If you decide to purchase one of their  plugin’s for Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture, use the discount code burwell to receive a 15% discount.
  • If you are looking for a new tripod head or other tripod related accessories, consider using Canadian company Jobu Design and use the discount code burwell to receive a 15% discount.
  • If you’ve been on a photography class or workshop with me lately, you’ve probably seen me using a device from Cotton Carrier called the Cotton Carrier Camera Vest System.  This system makes it possible to easily carry a camera/lens combination (or two) around for hours at a time without getting fatigued.  If you are looking for an innovative way to carry your camera around with you while keeping the strain off of your neck and shoulders, consider picking up a product from Cotton Carrier.  If you buy from them directly by calling 1-877-852-9423 and referencing the discount code  burwell you can receive a 10% discount.
  • Last but not least, for each person you refer that enrolls in either a course or workshop through The Burwell School of Photography, you’ll get a 20$ CDN credit towards any future workshop (just get your friend to include your name in the “person who referred you” column when thy register)

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In the mean time, and in between times…© Paul Burwell Photography

Black-tailed Prairie Dog amongst the Fall Colours
Canon 5D Mark II, 24-70 F2.8L, @ 35mm
Singh-Ray Light-brighter Warming Polarizer
1/2000th of a second at F4, -1/3 of Exposure Compensation, ISO 400
Hand held

Fall is about over here in the Edmonton area.  Only the occasional tree is still holding onto its leaves.  And that means that my favourite season, winter, is soon to arrive.  I know that makes me different than a lot of folks, but winter is the time of year I get to practice my snowflake photography and I’ve got a bunch of new ideas and techniques I want to try out this winter to hopefully help illustrate the beauty hid in all that white stuff that accumulates.

It is also an extremely exciting time for me because so many things are happening with my photography and the photography school business.  I’m sure there are a mountain of challenges in front of me and I’m looking forward to each and every one of them.  And yes, I reserve the right to change my mind about a particular challenge at some point in the future.

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.

October’s Poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter. 
(Nova Blair)

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