Seminar 8, Monday, April 20, 2015

Digital Manipulation: The Great ‘Reality’ Debate
by Kas Stone

This seminar tackles thorny questions about photographic reality and the ethics of image manipulation. How ‘authentic’ must our photographs be? How much digital manipulation is ‘acceptable’, and when is it not acceptable? Do different rules apply to photographic ‘art’ – and what is photographic art anyway? Using before-and-after examples from her award-winning portfolio, Kas will inspire you to think in a new way about your own photographs. She will also address some technical challenges inherent in mastering today’s sophisticated post-processing software – and hopefully dispel some of your fears!

Illuminating the Face

HenrysFaceI would like to invite Photo Guild of NS members to join Henry’s Illuminating the Face with Peter Hurley in Halifax on Saturday, May 9th. During this exclusive one day session, you’ll be immersed in the throws of the Hurley philosophy of headshot photography and leave with a new understanding of pulling the best out of anyone that steps in front of your lens. Ideal for all levels of photographers.

Peter will be joined by local photographer, Craig Beckta for a full day of learning and seminars.
For more information on the event, please click here.

All Photo Guild of NS members can purchase tickets for $140 each – that’s $60 of the regular price until May 9th. All attendees will receive a coupon for $25 off any purchase over $50. Valid on line or in store. Coupon will be handed out the event. Please call your local Henry’s location – Halifax, Dartmouth to purchase tickets at the Photo Club price.

Early Bird Price: $150 (until April 26th)
Photo Club Price: $140 (Only in store at Bayer’s Lake or Dartmouth Crossing)
Regular Price: $200
Group Discount (5 or more): $140 per ticket

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email.

Best Regards,
Marco Gallo
Henry’s Photo-Video-Digital
Canadian owned and operated since 1909
120 Susie Lake Cres. Halifax, NS B3S 1C7
T:  902-450-2552

F:  902-450-5787 

April 13th, 2015 – Post Processing Seminar

Although the post processing seminar is a few weeks away, you can start the preparation…

We will go through a few images to see how to make them pop with a few clicks, and although I’ll have Lightroom and Photoshop CS6 on my laptop, we’ll be focusing on reviewing a free, but extremely powerful software package, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program).

Instead of a demonstration style seminar, we’ll have a lab style presentation, where you can practice the newly learned tricks right there, using your own computer, if you bring your own laptop (Windows, Mac or Ubuntu).
Here is what you might want to do before you come to the seminar.

– Please download and install GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) on your laptop. It’s free and downloadable from here:

Windows users:
Mac, Ubuntu users: – then scroll down to see “Show Other Downloads” link.
If you have a Mac running Mavericks or Yosemite you need to download the ‘P2′ version of GIMP 2.8.14.

– Download some GIMP plugins if you wish:
Layers via Copy/Cut:
BIMP (Batch Image Manipulation Plugin):
You and download and install the GIMP RAW Plugin from

– If you do not have Photoshop, you can download and install the trial version from The trial is free for a full month.

– If you do not have Lightroom, you can download and install Lightroom 5 trial from Adobe. To get to this download, it is a little trickier, since Adobe tries to force everyone to start using the cloud version of Photoshop and Lightroom.
To download Lightroom 5 trial version, go to the following site:
Adobe announced a few months ago that they will come out with Lightroom 6 in sometime March 2015 – if that’s true, the new version might become available within the next few days.

– Select some of your images that would need some caring hands and place them into a folder on your hard drive. You can have some landscapes, portraits, macros, etc.
You might want to have a couple of dozens of images available, just in case…
Please do not process the images, straight out of camera shots would work better for this session.
If you have a newly released camera, e.g. Canon EOS Rebel T6s or Nikon D7200 or any other new camera the above software packages do not have RAW converters for, please use the camera’s RAW converter and convert the images to JPG without any post processing.

– Make sure your laptop will be fully charged before coming to the seminar, as we will not have enough and long enough extension cords.

If you have any questions, let me know. You can e-mail me or we can discuss some of the questions after one of the next meetings.

Happy shooting,