Sunday, November 16, 2008

Some Recent Work Posted on my gallery

Hello all. Posted some more recent photos taken for the Telegraph-Journal on my student gallery(It's only fair that since I expect my students to post that I post too...don't want to be a hypocrite!) Posted some info on the pix too!

View em here:

While you are there, please take some time to browse some of the great photos taken by my students! There are some awesome images there.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembrance Day Photographs

I happened to be looking through images relating to Remembrance Day and came across a few images I'd thought I'd share.

The top photograph is of Veteran Art Pottle, who fought with the 1st Special Service Force, AKA The Devil's Brigade, during WWII in Italy and Southern France. It was taken at the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John in November of 2006 to go along with a story about a war themed exhibit at the museum. The assignment was to get Art with the exhibit, but I thought I'd try to get an interesting portrait as well.

For lighting, I used a Canon 580 flash on slave mode a stand with a snoot to create a spotlight effect. The snoot also prevented light from hitting anything in the background and created the darkness. I placed the flash high and to the left of Art, and tilted it down to create the directional light. I used the on camera flash as a master, set to 1/128th power and bounced off the ceiling so the light would not be exposed by the camera.

I also came across a picture that I took ten years ago at Remembrance Day ceremonies in Fredericton. It is a picture of 2nd Lt John McNair as he looks towards the sky during the moment of silence. When I look at this picture, I really feel that I captured was this day is all about-the lines on the face, the expression of sorrow as he looks towards the heavens, the rain drops on his glasses, to me, that all says Remembrance Day.

Monday, November 10, 2008

What the #$%^ Did the Lab Do To My Picture?!?!?!

Ever take a photograph to get printed at the lab, and it comes back squished(image above) or cropped completely different from how you cropped it? I'm going to help you prevent that from ever happening again!

So here is my original photo. Nice enough picture of my three munchkins at the nature park, but I want to get rid of the excess sand and water. So in Photoshop, I get out my crop tool and crop it panoramic.

There. Much better, really focuses on them. So I take my card to my favorite lab to get a 4"x6" print made. And what I get back is this:

An image totally cropped in. Or THIS!!!!!

An image where they have been squished! What the heck went wrong?

A full frame image is the same height/width ratio as a 4"x6" print. By cropping an image, I've just made it a completely different ratio. So, the machine printing the image will either crop out parts to make it fit that ratio, or squish or stretch the image to make it fit that ratio. You need to take a few seconds to prepare the image before saving it so that it will print correctly!



In Photoshop CS-CS4, select IMAGE->IMAGE SIZE. (IMAGE->RESIZE->IMAGE SIZE in Elements). The Image Size box will appear. If the image is a horizontal, select the WIDTH and type in the width of the print you want(In this case, we are doing a 4x6, so I type in 6. If the image was vertical, I'd select the height first). By selecting 6", you can see the Height went to 2.477". If I were to leave it like this, I'd get the squished or cropped print.


This is the key second step. In Photoshop CS-CS4, select IMAGE->CANVAS SIZE. (IMAGE->RESIZE->CANVAS SIZE in Elements) The Canvas Size box will appear. Make sure that RELATIVE is UNCHECKED.
Now, I will type in 4" for the HEIGHT(or change the width if the image was a vertical). Then I pick my CANVAS EXTENSION COLOR(WHITE or BLACK). Then click OK.

And there you go! The image below is now 2.477"x6", but fits on a 4"x6" canvas! So my print will not be cropped or squished, it will print correctly!

One other thing to mention! 8"x10" is considered a standard size for making a larger print. However, this is not the same ratio as the full frame captured! The same ratio print would be an 8"x12"! So if you print a frame 8"x10", you end up losing an inch on either side of the frame!
The image below was printed 8"x10" instead of 8"x12"and I lost the edges.

To ensure your print is the exact size you want, use the CROP tool and set a specific size that you want it to crop to!
Pick the CROP tool, then type in the HEIGHT, WIDTH, and RESOLUTION (200-300) that you want. So below, I put in a width of 12 inches, height of 8 inches, and resolution 250. Then I use the crop tool and select the part of the image I want and it's ready to print at the right size!

Then when I send the picture to the lab, and TELL THEM TO PRINT 8"x12", you get a full frame image on an 8x12!

There! Now you should be able to get the exact size prints you want from your favourite lab, with no squishing, stretching, or cropping!

Happy shooting!

Noel Chenier
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TWITTER: @noelchenier

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Upcoming Photoshop/Studio Portrait/Advanced Flash Courses!

I've set the dates for my next slate of weekend courses. Please take a look and if you are interested in attending, please contact me via the methods below. For those in Fredericton, as soon as I know if there are any carpool opportunities I will let you know.
Please feel free to forward the info on to anyone else who may be interested.

1)Beginner Photoshop for Photographers
2)Studio Portrait Workshop

3)Advanced Flash Workshop

1)Beginner Photoshop for Photographers

Two Day Course, Sunday Nov 16, Sunday Nov 23 9-4:30pm on both days
Location: V.A. Snow Centre, Hamton(tentative)
Cost: $150, includes a comprehensive manual complete with all information/techniques covered with illustrations.

About the Course
As a user of Photoshop on a daily basis over the past ten years, I will teach you all the basic Photoshop tools and techniques you can use to manipulate and enhance your images.

During the course, you will learn
-all the basic tools(crop, selection, move, brushes, etc)
-how to resize images for various uses(print, email, online)
-the various file formats and when to use them
-how to use layers to combine images
-adding text to images
-proper techinques and tools to retouch, adjust, color correct, and sharpen
your images
-retouching old photographs
-how to hand color images

and tons of other fun and creative ways to make your photographs look great!

Assignments will be given to complete during the week between classes to give you time to work on the skills and knowledge gained.

To see some of the images created during my last workshop go here:

Required for the course:
-A mac or PC laptop with the following software installed
-Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3/CS4
or Photoshop Elements version 5.0 or higher
If you have not yet purchased a version of photoshop, you can download
demo software here:
(you will need to register for an adobe ID, but you then can get access
-images, and lots of em! Pictures of people, textures, etc. A full list of
required shots will be given, I will also provide examples for students to
work on.

2)Studio Portrait Workshop

Ever wanted to take a great portrait like the ones done by professional portrait photographers? Now is your chance.

During this one day course you will be introduced to the various equipment and techniques used to create professional quality portraits. You will learn standard and creative lighting techniques, use a variety of backdrops, and learn how to pose a subject.

The morning will be spent going over the equipment and techniques, then you will use what you've learned and photograph people at the various set ups. Depending on how much interest there is, we will have two 3 hours shooting sessions for each group, one from 12-3, and another fom 3-9pm. Lighting equipment is being supplied by Appleby's Image Source of Saint John

Required for the course
Film or digital SLR
Subjects to pose for your portraits

For some examples of the kinds of photographs we'll be taking, browse:

Where: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Rothesay
When: Saturday Dec 6th
Times: 9am-12pm as a group, then
First shoot session from 12-3pm, second shoot session from 3-6pm
Cost: $100

3)Advanced Flash Workshop

Want to take better photographs with your flash? Not happy with the results you are getting? Then attend one of my advanced flash workshops!

Topics we will cover include:
-Use of TTL and manual exposure modes with your flash to get proper exposure.
-off camera and wireless flash, how and what accessories are needed to do it and use it effectively
-using multiple flashes
-creative lighting with flash
-balancing flash with ambient light
-balancing flash with different lighting temperatures(flourescents, tungstens)
-use you flash as a studio light
-using flash outdoors

We will go over the various techniques and set ups, then pair up and take photographs using them at a variety of stations I will set up in the large room.

For some examples of the kinds of photographs we'll be taking, browse:

Where: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Rothesay
When: Saturday Dec 13th
Times: Two separate sessions 1)9am-3pm 2)3pm-9pm
Cost: $50

Required for the course

Film or digital SLR
At least one accessory flash(Nikon sb 800/600, Canon 580EX/420ex, Vivitar 283/285 etc)

Optional-any extra flashes or flash accessories(cords, slaves, etc) you own, even older ones from film cameras.

To register for a course contact Noel by any of the following methods

best- email:
Phone: 657-FOTO(3686)

Head to for more info on the courses, student
testimonials, etc.

To see some of the awesome work done by some of my students, head to

Noel Chenier is an award winning staff photographer for the New Brunswick
Telegraph Journal. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across
North America, and can be viewed on his website at
Noel has a Bachelors of Adult Education from the University of New
Brunswick and was previously a part time photography instructor at the New
Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton.
Noel Chenier
Photographer and teacher
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