From the monthly archives:

July 2009

Vacation Part II

July 27, 2009

That’s it. Vacation this week. But there’s lots to react to in Myles’ post and the follow up comments from last week. And I liked Matthew’s challenge, let’s see your RAW files. Especially those of you who use a lot of post work- is it all really necessary? Let’s take a look. Email them to [...]

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July 23, 2009

What happened to originality? or at least trying to stay separate from the crowd? What happened to the soul of your images? Where has the art of seeing actually gone? It seems so prevalent these days to overly light something and make it work later in post. Honestly, does ESPN the mag pay that well? [...]

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The Quickest Way to a Client’s Campaign is through their Stomachs

July 21, 2009

I’ve talked before about the importance of good catering. Words of wisdom: The client may not remember the shot you gave them but guaranteed, they’ll remember the lunch. Shooting with Ishi this week, this is the lunch I’ll remember from yesterday: Several months ago I sat down to lunch with Hamin Lee and team for [...]

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Olympic Preparations

July 19, 2009

A week does not go by in which I don’t pose the question (either directly to a client or just muttered to myself): “When are we shooting the Olympians? Shouldn’t we shoot the Bell Champions?” Bell is a Premier National Partner and exclusive Telecommunications partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and [...]

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Bye Bye Bell

July 16, 2009

This is what I’ve had the pleasure of cuddling up with every workday for the last year: Well this lovely mug and all the photography that goes along with it could be yours, if only you have the skills and interest in taking over my job. That’s right, I’m leaving my post at Leo Burnett, [...]

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Ask an Art Buyer: My X Factor

July 14, 2009

I received this question in response to my recent post about how important it is to shoot your own Creative ideas. I thought it was worth resurrecting AanAB: Heather – Your comment about portfolios is really interesting. We hear all the time how important it is to have a singular voice, theme, style of work, [...]

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Next steps: Year in the Life

July 13, 2009

Thank you for your patience, I will be making a decision on my Year in the Life shooter soon. I’ve had some fantastic interest in this project and I’m determined to do it right. But first I need some time to deliberate. So, I’ll throw it out there again- I’m looking for junior shooters to [...]

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Another Post about the Importance of Shooting Creatives

July 12, 2009

Yes, it’s another post about Supercreative because I thought it would be interesting to look at an “also ran” pitch by a junior photographer (for more on Supercreative, which announced their latest winners earlier this month, click here). Look, there is nothing better in your book then a fully realized series (or “campaign” if you [...]

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PLUS Integration: Some suggestions

July 9, 2009

Earlier today I got this follow-up comment on the PLUS posts and thought it was too valuable to languish in the comments column: Greetings Heather and everybody – I wanted to chime in here and talk about PLUS. I had EAGERLY awaited its arrival and immediately incorporated it back in 2006. I also included it [...]

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What is Matthew Stylianou doing on Ossington?

July 8, 2009

If you happen to be supping in Toronto’s latest coolest neighbourhood tonight, you might see this: Matthew has always done a nice job of promoting himself and this curious move is interesting and cheap. But, who’s typing random websites into firefox these days? Creative Directors? Matthew, if you’re reading this, let us know what you’re [...]

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