Black Friday Print Special

25 11 2011

Order any print from galleries.zinchuk.ca and get it for 20 % off. Only valid on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 and “Black Friday,” Nov. 25, 2011. The discount is on pre-shipping total. Taxes and Shipping are extra. Be sure to enter the following coupon code upon checkout.

Coupon Code: BlackFriday

 





Google +

21 11 2011

Well, I guess it’s about time to add Google+ to my online web presence, in addition to a blog, Facebook and Twitter. You can find my business at https://plus.google.com/100195303579439714143 .





The Friday Night Ritual

7 10 2011

Before every big shoot, I charge each and every battery I own, just in case I need them. See the white Eneloop batteries? They are special batteries that will hold 75 per cent of their charge for a year while sitting in your camera bag, so that you never end up with batteries that have discharged from just being in your bag. I've only found one place to get them in Canada, and have been buying lots.

The night before every major shoot, be it a wedding or a tournament or commercial shoot, I go through what I call the Friday Night Ritual.

All the photographers I have trained over the years have become intimately familiar with it, and indeed, one told me the other day she is now doing it herself.

So tonight, a day early, I am going through this long-established ritual.

I got the idea from soldiers preparing for battle. For time immemorial, soldiers would sharpen their knives, clean their guns, and make sure everything was exactly where it is supposed to be.  That way, in the heat of battle, they can reach for it instantly and not be left empty-handed at a critical moment.

I do this with my camera gear.

Before every big shoot, I go through every single piece of kit of camera gear I will be using. Every single battery is charged, which is considerable, because as a general rule of thumb, I always make sure I have three sets of batteries for every piece of hardware. I just counted 12 chargers on the go tonight – eight doing AAs, and four propreitory Nikon chargers for the cameras. The total weight of these batteries in my bag will probably come close to seven pounds, maybe more. The next bag I get will have wheels for this very reason.

While the batteries are charging, I go though the cameras and lenses, cleaning each one. I discovered many years ago the hard way that if you are shooting in bright sunlight with the lens stopped down to something like f/16 or f/22, each and every spec of dust on both the sensor and back element of the lens will appear on the pictures. This includes the dress and bright blue sky. So to avoid cloning out 70 specs of dust out of every picture, cleaning becomes very, very important.

This also applies to the camera sensors. I have very specialized swabs for each camera that cost about $7 EACH to clean their sensors, and they can only be used once. These are not your grandma’s Q-Tips.

Are all the memory cards cleared, formatted, loaded in the cameras or in the spare carrying case? Do I have a minimum of two cards per camera?

Then I go through my numerous studio bags. Are all the light stands in the right place? Do I have both tripods, and three tripod heads? Is the flash bracket there, along with the all-important monopod for fast moving ceremony shots? Are the PocketWizard flash triggers ready, with their special cables? Are the studio strobes each prepped, with their SuperClamp and power cord? Is the spare cord ready.

Then it’s the laptop computer. Is there enough room on the hard drive for downloads? Do I have the card reader?

More recently, I have added my dye-sublimation printer and photobooth. Do I have extra printer media, that had to be special ordered weeks or months in advance? What about power cords and USB printer cables? I better thank my wife for picking up the special roll of 6-ft. wide seemless backdrop paper for Don’s Photo in Regina for use in the booth. Don’t forget the bench, too, because normal chairs appear in the photo.

Last but not least, all this is loaded in the truck. If fills my mid-sized Buick Rainier SUV right to the roof in the back. With the addition of the photobooth, I now have to fold down the seat.  The truck is fueled up, and tires are checked.

All told, it’s about a three to four hour process. And that’s before I’ve taken one shot.

So when considering who you should get to shoot your wedding, including Uncle Bob, you might want to ask him what his Friday Night Ritual is.





Video Slideshows

24 09 2011

I just uploaded some new video slideshows of some previous work. This new professional program I am using is absolutely incredible – it sure beats anything you will see out of PowerPoint. I’m considering offering slideshows like this for my clients. You know, the ones brides and grooms struggle over to piece together? If I’m given all the pictures on a disk, named in order, i.e. 1filename, 2filename, 3filename, I can whip of these quite nicely. The beauty of it is you can then post it to YouTube or Facebook.

This wedding was a 1930s wedding, so naturally, I chose “The Entertainer” as the soundtrack. Just click on the photo to be taken to it. You’ll be impressed.





First day of Showcase over, looking forward to Day 2

24 09 2011

Wow, I was really impressed with the turnout at today’s Showcase in Estevan’s Spectra Place. The response was just amazing! I had lots of people asking about commercial and bike photography, as well as some family shots. The albums of a Harley, a drilling rig, and several weddings were very well received. I am pleased to say most who leafed through them were impressed. It made me quite happy to see that.

Just a note: click on the galleries link above to see some new video slideshows I just posted, as well as all my photo galleries.

Remember Romper Room? I would like to say goodnight to Dave, Robert, Amber, Brittany, Garnet x2, Bryan, Ryan, Alicia, Sharon, and you too!

See you tomorrow!





Photobooth coming to Estevan Showcase

17 09 2011

Remember those old fashioned photobooths, where you would go behind a curtain, get four pictures taken, and get a strip of photos? I will be doing something like that for the Estevan Showcase trade show next weekend. Be sure to come check it out at booth 71, just to the left as you enter the main entrance of the show.





Tim’s Bike

30 08 2011

While visiting my brother-in-law the other day I convinced him to take out his recently acquired motorbike and let me take a few shots. Here is the result. Click on the photo to be taken to the gallery. I must say, it was an effective use of shadows, low light, and off-camera flash.








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