Shooting On The Wild Side

Wow, what a wild week!

From August 19 until today, I’ve been emerged head-deep in Warne Noyce’s course “Shoot On The Wild Side” at the Niagara School of Imaging at Brock University.

It’s a five-day, sun up to sun down intensive photography course for photographers during which they eat, sleep and breathe photography. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn some new techniques, tweak your existing skill sets and network with some great photogs from across the continent.

The days have been long but fun, the food absolutely fantastic (I think my butt’s a little wider than it was five days ago …) and the bed’s tiny. Meh, it’s a dorm. Y’know ….

Warne is a fantastic photographer and a hell of a fun guy. Honestly, he reminds me of a classic Cali surfer crossed with Tigger – funny, friendly and full of life. He can rock a photo session like Mozart on a baby grand and his post processing skills are sharp, very sharp. Considering he won 2009’s Photographer of the Year (Professional Photographers of Canada – Saskatchewan), it’s no surprise, really. It takes him about 0.02 seconds to forge a solid connection with the person he’s about to shoot and, watching him in action, you can see right off that he was born to be a photographer. It’s just who he is.

Each day, the group would shoot a new model (or group of) in a new location – Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, a quiet river in Jordon, ON, a gorgeous little mill in St. Catherines. They all brought their A-game and the weather couldn’t have been better for the location shoots. I have to give a shout out to my classmates for the week: Kim, Andrew, Ken, Anita, Laslo, Sandra and Joseph – you guys helped make the experience what it was. I should also give some serious credit to the guys at Niagara School of Imaging. Rick Bell, Ian Ransberry, Ian Sinclair, Melissa Schumacher, Charles van den Ouden, Sue Benoit, Carrie Anderson, Wendy Gonneau and Allen Rothwell all busted their humps to pull it all together this year.

All-in-all, I highly recommend it. Whether you’re just learning the ropes or a seasoned pro looking to raise it to the next level, you’ll find a course at NSI that meets your needs. Good instruction, good times and good friends to be made. As Warne would say, “it was wild!”

And it was.

Cheers!

 

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