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The Atlantic Photo blog is a gathering spot for our favourite customers, photographers, gear hounds, and suppliers.

Here's where we'll share enthusiasm, insider tips, and creative inspiration for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned pro - and we hope you'll share the same with us. Enjoy!

Many thanks to Marc MacArthur of Heckbert Studio & Gallery (Charlottetown PEI), Liam Hennessey of Applehead Studio Photography (Halifax NS), and Chris Lovegrove (Northern NB) for our banner images. We've got a diverse professional community in the Maritimes, and we're proud to be a part of it.

the APS photographer's circle

Q  |  "As a wedding photographer, what does creativity mean to you?"

A  |  "You know that ‘think outside the box’ saying? We like to get outside the box and then run as far away from anyone that seems to be gathered around outside it. We don't do the Public Gardens. Converse chucks are suitable wedding shoes for a bride, groom or photographer. Tattoos are awesome and love does not always need to look at the camera and smile."

~ Liam Hennessy, Applehead Studio, Halifax, NS

on the bookshelf

Portrait Photography by Mark Cleghorn

From choosing the right equipment to artful composition and making your subject comfortable, this book lays out the essentials of capturing moving and unique portraits.

The Photographer's Guide to Portraits by John Freeman

This inspiring, practical guide explores everything from composition and light to digital tweaks. Learn how to set subjects at ease, and how to photograph with all kinds of light, lenses, and tools.

Mastering Black and White Digital Photography by Michael Freeman

With this essential guide, discover how to create a stunning monotone image, and experiment with colors as gray tones, manipulating tonality for dramatic effect, and high contrast, infrared, and pseudo non-silver looks.

Mastering Digital Flash Photography by Chris George

Learn how to decrease contrast and shadows in outdoor portraits, control the light using bounce techniques, and employ high-speed and rear curtain synchronization to create impressive motion-blur images.

The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby

"This book is all about you and I out shooting where I share the secrets I’ve learned, just like I would with a friend—without all the technical explanations and techie photo speak." ~ Scott Kelby

Digital Photography by Steve Luck

Explore the digital explosion, the difference between film and digital, and how to choose a camera wisely. Get a grasp on ISO, megapixels, post-processing, slideshows, printing, and compositional theory.

Black & White Digital Photography by Les Meehan

From basic concepts to advanced techniques, learn how to create great monochrome prints via camera calibration, white balance, and scanning equipment to emulating traditional darkroom techniques.

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Preserving the Past

Have you ever gone to a museum and been so captivated by a piece of art that you want to photograph it? Chances are, if you tried, you would be approached by security who would politely tell you that flash photography is prohibited. It can seem like an arbitrary rule for some gallery-going patrons, but there are good reasons to disallow photography in museums. 

The primary reason flashes are disallowed is to slow down the rate of deterioration of fragile artwork. Flash produces light and heat, which can cause a chemical reactions such as the breakdown of cellulose and pigment damage. A single flash is not a problem, but the repetition of many flashes over time could cause an art piece to deteriorate faster than normal. This is also why there are environmental controls in museums, to regulate temperature and moisture.

Another reason flash photography is disallowed is because it can be disruptive to other patrons. Museums are supposed to be a contemplative space, and a minimum of distractions can make a museum enjoyable for all who visit.

Some museums do not allow photography at all. This is usually due to copyright, when the museum does not own the pieces in question.

I would like to suggest an alternative to museum photos. Instead of taking a pic and moving on, put away the camera and have an experience with the art you see. Stare it down, let it move you. And stop by the gift shop to grab a postcard of it on the way out.

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