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Things are going to HEAT UP in T.O!

Monday, March 28th, 2011

This weekend starts off our annual NoBs Photo Success TM. Inferno Workshop Convention where we get to share ideas, techniques and strategies with our fellow NoBs Members.  Always a learning experience for everyone we are very excited to hang out with a large group of fellow photographers.

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Neutralized and Re-Vitalized at NSI

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Now that everyone has their images I thought I post some more from our sessions at Niagara School Of Imaging.   It’s a lot of work teaching 20 photographers everything you know in 4 days but you roll with the punches and you do what you can right?  I probably get more out of NSI than my students do.  First it makes me stop and look at our photography and business and see what changes we can make to improve both, and second I always learn something from my students, either business strategy or photography technique.  This year was no different.  Although I was 100% drained emotionally and physically, mentally the wheels were turning the minute I started to drive home and this is a good thing.  I would like to thank my kickass class again YOU GUYS ROCKED!  Looking forward to watching your photography and business grow.
Here are a few images that from our Trash The Dress Session.  I let the students create their own images when they were in the water.

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Some behind the scenes that my students snapped

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I had to show the girls how to “play” in the water.

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I would also like to personally thank the “Hotness Girls” for coming out that day and getting wet and dirty.

Stacey Chamberlain, Erika Smith, Meaghan Chapin and Melissa McIntyre (2nd year in a row)
Thanks again ladies, you were all just beautiful.

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The Caribbean Beauty

Monday, August 30th, 2010

That’s what I call her.  This is one image from my the course I instructed at www.niagaraschool.com .  I had 4 subjects for a trash the dress session including my last years model Melissa McIntyre.  For the image below I was using the same technique that I showed my students the day before by finding open shade with a large lightsource and placing my subject so there is a darker background behind them.  This will have your subject pop out of the image and still get that fabulous lighting in their eyes.  Also, by using a reflector and shoot through reflector you can modify the lighting on your subject so that it is even and soft.  I will have more images from this session this week as I have been busy playing catching for the work I missed while I was away. Looking forward to sharing these Trash The Dress image with you.

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2 Key Ingredients To A Finished Image

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

I am working on a canvas wall sample for my home and I thought I would share with you the thought process and the before/after of the finished product.  I get emails and phone calls ALL the time asking me how I workflow my images or how do I get my colors in my  photo’s to pop.  Anyone can pick up a camera and take a great picture, digital has opened the door for a whole new bread of photographers.  I still get surprised though when “photographers” ask me about the 2 most important elements in creating a great photo.  Exposure & White Balance.  If you master these two elements, then you have won 90% of the battle.  Fortunately for those of you that don’t have it mastered yet, there are numerous plugins, and color overlays that you can apply to your image to make it look like you “ment to do that”.  Anyways, back on track.   With the below image I took in Belize I already had the finished image in mind.  I knew that I wanted a long panorama canvas print (around 40 inches) for my wall.  The way the clouds were formed in the sky, the broken down dock with it’s leading lines into the shack.  All I needed was good composition, good white balance and a perfect exposure with my trusted P&S Canon G11

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Like my presentation in Chicago on Elements of a Competition Print I want to focus your attention on the subject matter which is the dock and the shack.  Darkening down the sky and foreground  will bring your focus to the shack using the leading lines of the dock. All the elemnts were present in my original image, I just used some quick workflow to enhance them.  The key to a great digital image is to not “fix your image in photoshop” but to “enhance what is already there.”

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These hotel room beds go “Double Boing!”

Monday, January 25th, 2010

I am here with Mike Long and Andy Armstrong in Elmira as they are hosting their Design House and Pindora workshop and it is anything but boring.  They are wrapping up today and then the three of us are off to T.O for a few days to cause some havock (Be back Wednesday Joce, I promise)

Mike and I testing the beds.

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A Boy & His Toy

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Still here in Nashville for our Annual NoBs Convention and I am just about to get into my costume for our belated Halloween Bash. I thought I would take this moment to post an image that I had taken at NSI (Niagara School Of Imaging) that I had forgotten about, until Allen Rothwell called me Saturday while I was waiting in the airport. It seems that we were only 20 terminals away at the Pearson Airport as he was traveling to speak at a seminar just as I was. Unfortunately we couldn’t hook up for a bite to eat, but that’s ok as I see him enough at conventions and tradeshows and I am sure our paths will cross again soon. This is an image of Allen and his new toy. Unfortunately his Ducati didn’t make it to NSI so we had to settle for the next best thing.

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I will have some more updates from our convention as I speak tomorrow.  Stay tuned.  Be home Thursday.

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Hodgy In Nashville & The Inferno

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Happy Halloween everyone!!!!  This afternoon I am on my way to Nashville to attend our Annual Inferno Convention.  I am sooo excited.  I love seeing all my fellow photographers and meeting new ones and the energy that our convention creates keeps the excitement going.  Like any workshop, seminar convention we do I always come back energized with a head full of new ideas.  I have a set criteria of goals I wish to take home and implement into our studio and I can’t wait to share them with you all.  For all my fellow peeps that are going there or are already there, see you soon.  For my readers, well, there are few people attending that have the same sense of humor I do (Hodgy Humor) so stay tuned for blog posts from the road, I’m sure I will have some good entertaining stuff for you in the next few days (give me until Monday)  Have a great weekend.

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Sudbury Photographer and the Elmira Crapshoot

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Here is a small glimps of some of the images Tina Weltz and I created last week.


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The Sudbury Photographer Is Heading Home

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

We had a fabulous time presenting to the Professional Photographers Of Ontario Western Branch yesterday at Calla Studio.  We had a big turn out, met some new people, ate some great food, and provided some money making ideas.  I always learn something when I present or teach, and of course this time was no exception.  When you share your knowledge with others it always comes back to you in some way.  I have experienced this over and over.  Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday, I look forward to talking to you all in the future.

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The day before yesterday, before we had our crapshoot, I had the chance to photograph one of Tina’s Clients.  I decided to present a more “classic” style portrait as her blonde hair, blue eyes would be striking.

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These are very simple portraits to create in studio and I hope to create more in our studio when we get back home.

Till next time

Your Sudbury Photographer (Hodgy)

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Speaking In London On Monday

Friday, October 16th, 2009

I will be presenting my “Get Hodgified” seminar to the Professional Photographers Of Ontario Western Branch this Monday at Calla Studios In Elmira Ontario.    Of course, since it’s October Fest this weekend, I might have to take a  mini vacation and attend a few festivities.  If you are in the area, traveling through, or you just want to hang out you can register by emailing  sarah@shuttonphoto.com

I believe the infamous Pigeon Poop backdrop will make an appearance with my good friend Jillian Bickle, let’s see if we can somehow make that backdrop look…..well……not like pigeon poop (Search Pigeon Poop in my blog to read history of this backdrop)

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Monday October 19th, 2009
11:30 Am to 6:00 Pm
Calla Studio
76 Howard Avenue
Elmira, Ontario

Members $65, Non-Members $95, Students FREE

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