Saud and Granville Island

Is it me, or are teenagers these days looking more and more mature?  I’ve worked with a few minor models (agewise) and they all don’t look it!

Anyway, Saud was a great model and only 16!  I wanted a bit more of a casual look with him and he was very easy going.

One of the things I like about taking any kind of portrait is when I can get some bit of the subjects personality into the image.  And, Saud was full of personality!

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Jack Bauer Inspired

Wow!  It has been a while hasn’t it?!

I was taking a bit of a break in December and January, but now I’m back and ready to go.

I’ve had a couple shoots between then and now.  I’d like to thank Kat for her patience with me… I swear I’ll get those finished photos to you soon.

A few days ago I set up a shoot with my Big Damn Team (Brad and Amy) and a new model, Kyler G!

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Josh and Granville Island

Before I left for my trip I made the mistake (and pleasure) of booking quite a few shoots, merely weeks before I left!  That didn’t leave a lot of time for me to edit stuff in a timely manner.  For that I’d like to thank everyone who waited patiently for their finished images (Thanks Elena, Joshua, Saud and Jaime!)

One thing I feel my portfolio lacks is… well… dudes!  So, I scheduled a few male portraits with some awesome models.

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2 Dec 2010, 10:41pm


Portrait and High Fashion with Spiffy

Last month my friend Tiffani (yes with an “i”), a hobbiest photographer, asked if I would do a portrait session for her.  She had done some portrait work in the past, but she wanted to see what it was like on the other side of the lens.

Why?  I don’t know.  I personally don’t like having my photo taken… but I guess that’s a common trait with a lot of insecure photographers… moving on!

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Crohn’s Awareness Project pt. 3

And we’re back!  Time for part 3 of what was supposed to be a 1 part series.

Snow finally hit Vancouver!  But, luckily that didn’t deter much of anything since snow doesn’t last very long here.  We were a little worried at first with the weather, but everything paid off.

Joshua came back and we did a quick series with him.  Brad managed to get some excellent images.  You can check them out here.

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27 Nov 2010, 11:26am

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Glass vs. Body

There is nothing wrong with having bad glass on any DSLR body.  Not everyone has the cash for the L series Canon lens or the Nikon equivelant.  So, they end up going with the kit lens, or lower grade lenses, or third party manufacturers like Sigma, Tamron, Tokina and to a lesser extent Zeiss (excellent manual lenses, mind).

It’s all about how you intend to use your camera.  If you want to shoot a big commercial project, chances are you won’t be using that kit 18-55mm that came with your Canon XSi.  But!  Slap that beautiful Canon 35mm f/1.4L on that same XSi and now we’re talking…. kinda… You might need a full frame for the resolution and detail… but beside the point!

The point is- Good glass will always trump a good DSLR body (in my opinion).  I would rather pour my well earned dollars into excellent glass to produce amazingly sharp and colourful images than to go out and nerd-buy the latest and greatest DSLR body.

DSLR bodies are updated yearly and past models quickly become obsolete.  Good glass can stay with you forever.

Crohn’s Awareness Project pt. 2

Last week we did another Crohn’s Awareness shoot and it turned out very well.  This was pretty much half of a reshoot of last time, because I got overly excited and jumped the gun a bit…  I swear this has never happened before!

Basically, one of the series that I have in mind is to capture subtle and expressive emotions.  These headshots will look pretty different from each other in terms of the tonality and mood.  Everything was going great in our first shoot, I had our models look great (thanks Amy) and they did a fantastic job display subtle emotions…  After a few more images for another series we all went our separate ways.

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Crohn’s Awareness Project “Behind the Lens” pt. 1

Last night I took a step back from my usual main shooter roll to assist my friend Brad with his Crohn’s portrait session with Quinn.

I took some behind the scenes shots and did a post on Brad’s Crohn’s blo.  Check it out here.

Here’s a gallery of it.

23 Nov 2010, 11:42pm
General Photography


Canon or Nikon?

Another question I get asked a lot, “Hey Eric.  Which is better?  Canon or Nikon”?

My answer, “Yes”.

Canon and Nikon are the two mega giants in the camera world.  They each have their pros and cons.  Canon has a better lens line up.  Nikon has a better auto-focus system.  They’re constantly one upping each other each year.

In the end, they do the same job.  I personally don’t believe one system is better than the other, because at the end of the day if you look at a photo chances are you’re not going to think, “That looks like a Nikon/Canon image”.  All you’re going to think is whether or not you like that picture.

There are a lot of other good camera companies out there too.  Leica, Panasonic, Olympus, Samsung, Sony (probably one of the best line ups), etc.  Leica, Panasonic and Sony all have the sharpest lenses in town (Leica and Carl Zeiss), yet they don’t receive that much attention.  Olympus has the best sensor cleaning technology.  What about Holga?!

What’s my honest opinion about what kind of camera brand to get? 

Whatever’s on sale.

22 Nov 2010, 11:42pm


“What’s a good camera?”

Here’s a question I hear a lot.  People find out that I’m a photographer and one of the first things they say to me is usually, “Oh, I want to get a new camera.  What’s a good one?” 

I usually follow with, “Well, what do you want to do with it?” 

“Take good pictures!”

Most people think you need a “good camera” to take “good pictures”.  For the most part, it’s true!  If you want good looking pictures get a good camera.  But, you don’t really need a DSLR or “one-of-those-big-ass-cameras-like-yours”.  Famed photographer Chase Jarvis did a whole series with just his iPhone!  Photographers of the past used to use this ancient and odd technology called “film”.  They didn’t even have an LCD screen in the back!

A lot of people seemed disappointed at me when I steer them away from DSLRs to look at good compacts like a Canon G11.  With today’s technology, compact cameras have gone a long way from being the simple “point+shoot”.  I personally use a Panasonic LX5 for everyday shooting.  It has everything I need, manual control settings, good lens, good sensor.

Like most photographers, I used to lug around my Canon 7D everywhere (not saying most photographers carry a 7D, but you get my drift).  Thing gets heavy!  I don’t want to be lugging around a big ass camera with lenses and a speedlight all day long.  Sure, my images might be sharp with dynamic colours and contrast, but look at it this way:

Who are you shooting for?  Yourself?  Friends?  Family?  Strangers?  Are you going to be printing these images in anything larger than an 8×12?  You probably won’t be printing at all!  Best bet, these images are going on Facebook, sent in an e-mail or printed on 4×6’s for your photo albums. 

Do you need the big sensor and sharp lenses?  Not really.  You really won’t notice when you look at a web sized image or a small print.

Why do I shoot with a DSLR?  Control and quality.

How do I make my images look “good”?  Hell if I know!  I don’t think they’re that great, but I still like them enough.  But, seriously.  If you want to know how to make good photos you have to learn some photography and fine art.  Exposure, composition, lighting, all that stuff makes a good photograph.  It takes time to make a good image.