Christian Laforce has been a working photojournalist for more than 10 years. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University and the Loyalist College Photojournalism program.
He started his career with a stint at the London Free Press in London, Ontario before returning to his hometown of Halifax where he was eventually hired as a staff photographer by the Chronicle Herald. His assignments there have taken him all over the region, and as far away as Afghanistan.
His work has appeared in a wide range of publications including The Globe and Mail, National Post, MacLean’s Magazine, and the New York Times. He has been awarded five Atlantic Journalism Awards, a Western Ontario Newspaper Award, and been nominated for News Photographers Association of Canada National Picture of the Year in the category of social issues and nominated for a National Newspaper Award for his work covering the 2nd Royal Canadian Regiment in Afghanistan.
Christian spent a month in Afganistan embedded with Canadian troops some years ago and the Herald Herald published a book on that work.
We will draw for 5 copies of this book called “Maritimers at War” at the Seminar.
Christian will discuss the many different types of photos he is asked to produce and situations that he encounters with his work at the Halifax Herald. Christian would like the seminar to be as interactive as possible, so questions at any time are encouraged.
Don’t miss this one…
PGNS Program Chair
Colin Campbell will be presenting his second seminar for the Guild on Lightroom. The intent is to overview and illustrate how Lightroom can be used for an efficient and powerful photographic workflow. Colin is one of the best presenters of lightroom in Eastern Canada so do not miss this great opportunity.
Lightroom Part 2: Output
- Rendering Intent: Relative & Perceptual
I have been reading the latest issue of Photolife magazine and one of the articles mentions using a golden hour calculator. I’ve used one for several years, and now there are even golden hour apps for your iPhone, but I am going to explain why I use one, and why I use the one I do.
The “golden hour” is that time after sunrise and before sunset when the the sun is low in the sky, usually defined as 10 degrees or less above the horizon. The lighting is softer, warmer in colour and shadows are longer and not as dark. In many cases this is an ideal time for photography. The “blue hour” is when the sun is 6 degrees or less below the horizon and it is the photographic term for civil twilight (as opposed to nautical and astronomical twilight). This can be an ideal time for night images and fireworks displays because the long exposures give the sky a dark blue colour rather than black.
The reason a calculator is needed is that the golden hour is usually not an hour long. Depending on the time of year the “hour” can be as short as 15 minutes in Hawaii or all day long in Iceland. The duration of the golden hour and the blue hour depends on the time of year and your location (latitude) and calculating the sun’s altitude on a given date at a given location can be surprisingly complex.
All golden hour calculators can give you the start times of the golden hour and the sun rise and set times. Some also give you the blue hour times. The calculator that I use does give you those times but it also gives you a lot more. Plus it is a website so it is free to use. The author is Jens Kossmagk and the website can be accessed here.
This website gives you a table of all the relevant times for an entire month which you can download (pdf) and print if you want. It can list the moon rise and set times and it has a colour coded bar graphic that displays all the information for a given day. There is even a pdf manual that you can download.
What makes this site unique, however, is the Google map display that is centred at your location and has colour coded lines that indicate the angle of the sun (and optionally the moon) at sunrise and sunset. Think about this! You want to find a location where the sun will rise over a lake. You can discover where to go with this website. You want to know where the sun will set at a particular location. This website will show you. You want to know the day that the sun will rise straight down the Northwest Arm from Horseshoe Island Park. This website will display when that will happen. This is why I use this website over any other golden hour website or app.
It’s that time again to capture the magic of Christmas by spending an evening with delicious food, entertainment by John Webb of his trip to Hawaii, and good company.
Hope you can all make it. Would you please let myself or Edie know as soon as possible so we can order the appropriate amount of food. The PDF with all the information and menu can be downloaded here. Hope to see you all there.
Merry Christmas to you all and wishing you the Very Best for 2014.