Soldiers’ Tower at Sunset

We were tak­ing pho­tos of the Trin­i­ty Col­lege facade ear­li­er today towards the end of my cam­era basics pho­tog­ra­phy work­shop. Real­iz­ing that one of the stu­dents was off by him­self, I approached him. He point­ed down Tow­er Rd and asked how I would take a pho­to of the Sol­diers’ Tow­er and the CN Tow­er togeth­er … Read more

Toronto Photowalk 3: Spring Vibes at Kensington Market.

Expo­sure Therapy’s third pho­towalk in Toron­to. As always, I’d like to thank every­one who attend­ed. It was our biggest turnout to-date, and I strong­ly sus­pect the mild spring weath­er was an influ­enc­ing fac­tor. The group had a good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of skill lev­els and back­grounds, and we had our youngest par­tic­i­pant ever — a baby! Pho­towalk … Read more

What is the Stop in Photography?

Tran­script of video below: Hi there, my name is Paul, and this is Expo­sure Ther­a­py. In this video, I’ll teach you about one of the most fun­da­men­tal con­cepts in pho­tog­ra­phy — the pho­to­graph­ic stop. The stop is ubiq­ui­tous — it’s every­where — and under­stand­ing it will make you an effi­cient pho­tog­ra­ph­er. How­ev­er, to learn why … Read more

How to Photograph the Moon at Night

The fol­low­ing arti­cle is a tran­script of the video above.  Hi there, my name is Paul, and this is Expo­sure Ther­a­py. In this video, I’ll explain why your pho­tos of the moon are often over­ex­posed and how you can fix them.  It’s sun­ny on the Moon I teach group pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops, and occa­sion­al­ly, stu­dents will … Read more

How to Check a Used Lens You’re Buying in Person

  In this post, I’ll show you what to look for when inspect­ing a used lens that you’re buy­ing in per­son. The fol­low­ing is a tran­script of the video linked above. New pho­tog­ra­phers who are pas­sion­ate about their hob­by quick­ly devel­op an enthu­si­asm for lens­es and the cre­ative pos­si­bil­i­ties they open. This desire often leads … Read more

Relation of F‑numbers to the Aperture

F‑numbers and the aper­ture have an inverse rela­tion­ship Hi there, my name is Paul, and this is Expo­sure Ther­a­py. In this video, I’ll explain the rea­son for the inverse numer­i­cal rela­tion­ship between f‑numbers and the aper­ture. This rela­tion­ship is a wide­spread point of con­fu­sion for many begin­ner pho­tog­ra­phers, who regard it as irra­tional or need­less­ly … Read more

How to Choose Your Next Portrait Lens—Part 2

Por­trait lens­es and focal length One of the most dis­cussed and mis­un­der­stood prop­er­ties of por­trait lens­es is focal length. If you ask your pre­ferred online com­mu­ni­ty for por­trait lens sug­ges­tions, chances are, many users will respond by rec­om­mend­ing spe­cif­ic focal lengths.  Per­haps the most com­mon­ly rec­om­mend­ed focal length for por­trai­ture on full-frame cam­eras is 85 … Read more

Choosing Your Next Prime Lens (Using Adobe Lightroom)

How do you select a focal length for your first prime lens? Hi every­one, my name is Paul, this is Expo­sure Ther­a­py, and in this video, I’ll demon­strate how Adobe Light­room Clas­sic can help you select your next prime lens. Most of the stu­dents that attend my pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops bring gear pur­chased as part of … Read more

Composition Techniques for Beginner Photographers

A tran­script of the text fol­lows below. Many new pho­tog­ra­phers, espe­cial­ly those that don’t have some artis­tic back­ground, have trou­ble with com­po­si­tion. In this video, I’ll do my best to dis­till the idea of com­po­si­tion to its core, dis­cuss how our minds process visu­al infor­ma­tion in a way that could sab­o­tage a casu­al approach to … Read more