Portrait photography can be a truly rewarding experience for any photography enthusiast. We’re not talking “rewarding” from a financial perspective (although certainly portrait photographers are always in demand, if that’s the route you want to go down!), but portraiture is a great way for you to experiment with lighting, with colors, with different equipment — and it’s a great way to engage and connect with your subjects as well. As always, though, the type of equipment you choose to shoot with matters greatly. Portraiture has evolved over the years, and […]

It’s the season of the music festivals both big and small across Canada. Here are some tips from Henry’s Learning Lab to help you capture concert images that rock. Plan Ahead While it’s usually not a problem to snap a few photos when your favourite band tours through the local bar scene, larger cameras are often forbidden at larger stadium shows and outdoor festivals. Check the rules before you pack your camera bag. Forget the Flash Concerts are often dark, but your camera’s flash will create more problems than it can solve: small […]

What kind of tips can there be for outdoor lighting?  There’s the sun.  Problem solved, right? The reality is that direct sunlight is one of the worst lighting options that we as creatives have to work with.  It is very high contrast and produces very harsh and delineated shadows.  There’s really nothing that looks better in harsh sun.  The best unmodified outdoor light is immediately after the rain stops and there is still cloud cover, but that’s not the most popular option for many creatives.  There are some folks who […]

Nikon Z6 review: Second impressions after extended use Last year, Nikon finally made its long-awaited debut on the mirrorless camera market with its Z series, including the full-frame Nikon Z6. With traditional Nikon style and quality, a more attractive entry price point than the Z7, and a growing range of interchangeable lenses, the Z6 made a splash upon release. But after nine months of use, and a recent robust firmware update, we thought it was time to give the Z6 another look. Read on to see how the Z6 is […]

Saying that a photographer should always keep their subjects in focus is like saying a driver should always keep their eyes on the road: It’s a no-brainer. And today’s cameras, with ever-improving autofocus and automatic detection systems, are better than ever at helping you achieve that focus — so that you can keep your eye on being creative, without having to worry about what’s in focus or about fiddling with your lens.

The best Nikon lens to invest in Camera lenses can often seem like a second thought. After all, camera manufacturers tend to give their camera bodies the marketing push; that’s where the features and specs, the latest and greatest tech, and the look and feel of the camera come into play. Lenses? Every camera has a lens! But the truth is, your photos will only ever be as good as the lenses you shoot with. Why interchangeable lenses matter If you started out with a “kit” camera — in other […]

Understanding full frame camera benefits Camera terminology can be intimidating! Many photographers and enthusiasts feel like they need to carry a photography dictionary around with them when they’re just starting out. Familiarity with the terms comes with experience, but one thing every photographer should quickly learn is what a full frame camera is, and the differences between a full frame sensor and a crop sensor. Let’s review the differences, as well as full frame camera benefits, and some options for affordable full frame cameras. What’s the meaning of the phrase […]

What is the best camera for street photography? Life comes at you fast. Capturing life as it happens, in all its beauty and realness and everything in between, is what the best street photographers do. And in order to react quickly, a street shooter needs the right street photography camera. Let’s take a look at what makes great street photography, and what to look for in a good, affordable street photography camera. Street photography is about human moments “Street photography” doesn’t literally mean capturing photos on city streets; street photography […]

With the advent of smartphones, cameras have become a constant presence in our lives. It’s never been easier to capture and share everything from mundane, everyday events to the most special of memories. One area that’s quite obviously felt the smartphone’s impact is travel and vacation photography. The primary reason for this is quite simple: convenience. For many, having a camera combined with their smartphone feels like the easier choice than bringing another camera along with them. But is that smartphone pulling its weight? Is there a better choice for […]

Olympus, an industry innovator, has a track record of creating ground breaking technologies and cameras. While their micro 4/3 system serves as the flagship product line, there is one series of compact camera that paved its own path and created opportunities for memories to be captured in environments that cameras that came before it simply could not survive. This June, Olympus released the 29th addition to its very proud line of tough compact cameras – the TG-6. A Tough Beginning – An Even Tougher Today In a sea of choice, […]