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Halifax based Corporate head shot and commercial photographer, working with some of the best companies in Halifax to bring commercial photography to the next level. Through my blog I am working to inspire with content about interior exterior photography and also head shot and all things editing. I love photography and the retouching process, working with some of the best in the business I work to bring entertaining and informitive content!

Check out my YouTube Channel... Posting awesome vids about editing and everything photography!

Brinton Photography Nova Scotia Drone Reel 2016

Last year I was able to travel the entire province of Nova Scotia to capture some of the most beautiful landscape scenes. During my 2016 year I managed to cover most of Nova Scotia and dock over 300 hours of drone footage. We have put together a drone reel that highlights some of the best footage from that year! Check out my Instagram for more images!

This year we are armed with even better technology thanks to the sponsorship with Drdrone.ca , and with this new equipment, we are able to get even higher resolution video and images. We are excited to see what we can capture this year!

Below are some of the photography captured during the drone trip and they highlights this video perfectly in still images!

Sponsorship with Drdrone brings Brinton Photography to new heights.

Dji Matrice 600 carries a Sony mirror-less camera capable of high resolution photography.

As they always say "if you want to survive you have to evolve", and that's just what we are doing at Brinton Photography. Over the past year and a half we have been offering drone images and video to our list of services, but the growing fast paced aerial drone market is giving no signs of slowing down. And that means that the technology is also evolving almost every few months, to keep up with the demand for high quality imaging you need to have this technology at your fingertips.

Recently I was commissioned by my client Chorus Jazz Air to capture images of their aircraft and hanger, problem was it was at the Halifax International Airport which is a no fly zone for most of the public for drones. With having the right licensing and insurance, and a cleared and detailed flight plan with NavCanada, we were able with the help of DrDrone to execute the project safely and efficiently. Below is a couple of images of the aircraft shoot done with the Matrice 600 drone and the Sony A7r2.

Q400 Aircraft shot at Halifax International Airport with the Sony A7r2 camera

Jazz hanger at the Halifax International Airport, Shot with the M600 and the Sony A7r2 camera

DrDrone.ca is a full service Drone store and repair center based out of Dartmouth Nova Scotia Canada, and they are Canada's first authorized DJI dealer and repair shop. Since the sponsorship with DrDrone, we have been able to provide the industry with high quality images and video that surpasses the industry standard.

At Brinton Photography we are a registered and fully licensed UAV operator with Transport Canada, and have all the necessary insurance and safety procedures in place. Due to the dangerous nature of flying a UAV (drone) in airspace that my interfere with air traffic, there are regulations that are in place to protect that traffic and the public safety for all. One of the requirements needed to obtain a a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) is to undergo a ground school course, the purpose of this training is to make you aware of the air traffic rules as well as much needed info about UAV operations. for more on the drone regulations check out the this link to the rules on UAV's Click here

One way to obtain this training is through AeroVision Canada based out of Halifax, which is a company that operates drones daily in the inspection industry, and will give you all the right training for your specific use of drones. AeroVision also uses DrDrone for their Drone support and repair needs. Check out their website for more info on training.

Drones make Amazing Video reels!

One of the reasons drones have become a high demand item is the use of making videos, and there is no shortage of them on YouTube and Instagram. One of my favorite videos I have done in the past couple years, is my whale watching trip with my wife. I brought my Phantom 3 Drone for the ride and with the permission of the boat operator, I had a go at it! Check out the results in this short video on my YouTube Channel.

Recently some of my work has been added to the Canadian Geographic 150th of Canada addition coming in May 2017, with features of the best of the best Instagram shots from accounts in Canada. The shot that they will be using and I am totally pumped about is my night shot of the Purdys Wharf buildings in downtown Halifax. This shot below would not have been possible without the gear I have from DrDrone, and I now have purchased the Inspire 1 Pro X5R raw camera system, which allows me to capture better images in low light!!

Purdys Wharf under a red sunset sky in Halifax, shot with the Inspire 1 Pro X5R

Drone makes aerial photography a dream job and passion.

As we continue to move forward at lightning speed with our Aerial imaging and video services, I look forward to making even better images and video with some of the best gear in the business, and I thank DrDrone and their entire team for the support and hard work to keep me running and making magic! As a close I leave you with a short gallery of some of the best shots of 2016!

Fall Family Photos are on this year!

Rain Date OCTOBER 22nd 2016

Here is a recap of some of the families from this past weekend!

The Schlender boys.

Lucas Boys

Grasshopper hunting

Great Grandmother with Great Grand Daughter :)

My Son (right) came to help me with the family sessions and made a friend!

First Fall in Canada, the Moses Family are close friends:)

Chris looking cool

Grandchildren are a blessing :)

Covering a whale watch tour by Drone Video

My blog is to share my journey as a Nova Scotia photographer / videographer / drone pilot. I hope to inspire others to peruse their passion and enjoy it! Check out my Instagram @brintonphotography

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Shannon Park Video Tour (A community in ruins)

As a Halifax Corporate Architectural and Head shot Photographer I make time to explore areas and take time for some other passions of mine, one of them is drone work and exploring unreachable areas to document the experience. This video was a pleasure and a heart break at the same time, partly because I love my city of Dartmouth and would love to see it thrive and do better, and also because of all of the valuable waterfront and land that can be used is simply not!

Recently I had the chance to take footage of the old Shannon Park Community here in Dartmouth NS, the scene is something out of a horror movie. Chernobyl has gotten international attention because of it's apocalyptic type feel of abandon streets and buildings. Well Shannon Park is getting the same "feel" to it, and although its abandon and commissioned to be demolished, the memories of families living here are very real.

I posted a video on Facebook of the video below and the comments and memories share made it all worth it, and there is mixed emotions of what could have been and should have been for this community. The reason for the abandonment of this community was dangerous mold and asbestos, that would have costed a lot to remove, and although some people thought it was worth doing, the government didn't.

Below are some screenshots from the movie on some of the worse decay of the community, and I have to say that this was a shocking video to make because of the sheer destruction in this community.

Streets still have the paint markings of a once busy street life.

A higher view of the community with Shannon Park school in the top of the image (still in operation)

A swing set rusting away in the decay, a community filled with children at one time.

Streets are all grown over now.

One of the many walking paths connection each area of the community.


  

by Gary Brinton

Speed editing videos that bring your images to life.

Recently my pal Trevor got me onto this guy Dani Diamond a portrait and commercial photographer from NYC, who through his YouTube videos shows his retouching process in high speed time lapse. To me I found this mind blowing that although people have been doing speed retouching videos for a while I hadn't seen it really like this until now, so I had to try it!

So I started recording my processes and editing sessions and I was amazed at what I played back, and also was even more shocked at how I could see my creativity flowing in high speed. Recently I shot a grad session here locally for a family member and I wanted to do some close up portraits! So I armed the recorder and went at it.

Some of my other passion is editing child and family portraits, and recently I shot a family session outdoors with less than desirable weather,which happens a lot in Nova Scotia for us photographers. So I decided to record some of those image edits as well and using KCC actions some actions of my own and my technique I am able to have full creative expression. Below are 2 of my newest videos on the same child but with different challenges.

I have decieded to continue recording my editing and I will be working on some tutorials on how this type of editing is done, but I really want to have creative control and fun with this. I love what I do and I never want to loose that.

If you like what I am doing please tell me about it in the comments, and also subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more upcoming videos and tutorials!

If you want to check out some of Dani Diamonds videos click here to see his process!

The Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art Lens, and Micro Adjusting Your Lenses

Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art Lens

Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art Lens

A few days ago Trevor Allen from Trevor Allen Photography and myself were testing some lighting for an upcoming shoot, when Trevor had the idea to micro adjust our lenses. With Trevor recently switching over from Canon to Nikon and me also being a Nikon guy I seen the opportunity to compare and see from our different gear how it would shape up. Having the Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art lens (named the sharpest lens on the market) we thought it would be a good contender for this comparison, and man were we surprised. Having the Datacolor SpyderLensCal target already on hand, we went to work testing the Sigma and also the rest of our lenses.

Trevor setting up for the micro adjustments using the Datacolor SpyderLensCal

The first thing we noticed when Trevor set up the Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art Lens on his Nikon D750 was it was WAY OF OF FOCUS. In fact, it was so out of focus that the AF fine tune menu of the Nikon D750 had to be adjusted 18 points in the plus direction to bring it to perfect focus! The results were very shocking as you can see in the photos below... Before and after images show at 1.6 how much of a difference it makes to have your lenses adjusted to your specific camera!

CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO SEE THEM IN FULL

Before using the Datacolor SpyderLensCal using the Sigma 50mm f 1.4 shooting @ f 1.6

After cal with Datacolor SpyderLensCal shooting with Sigma 50mm 1.4 shooting at f 1.6

Because of this testing we were able to adjust all of our lenses to our specific camera bodies and it really paid off, for me I was shooting a portrait project the next day for a important Medical center in the city, and Trevor is going to Cuba to start off his Destination wedding season with 2 weddings in a row. Whew!  

As for the Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art lens,? it's a contender for me as one of the sharpest lenses I have used on my Nikon D810 and it voted very well for my portrait session. Check out this image from the project:

There is a video in the making:)

Portrait from project I worked on in Halifax yesterday!

In conclusion I have to say that this lens does perform well at shallow depths and is extremely sharp at f 1.6 from all the lenses I have tested in the past, and makes case against to the Nikon 85mm 1.4 D , 135mm f2 lenses which are some of my favorite and sharpest lenses to date.

Kevin Cook Action's and my New Tutorial Video

In this blog I show you how actions can really bring your images to life and I use Kevin Cook's actions as an example of how easy they are to use. I give example images of before and afters as well as my tutorial video on how to apply these actions to your work! for more on Kevin's work and actions visit www.kccactions.com and his website www.kccphotography.net

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Thank you to all my clients, what a year and looking forward

This past year has been quite a ride and this year is looking much the same, and I really want to keep my focus on a few areas. First off I LOVE Interior / Exterior design photography, and I have built my business through that work. I continue to do design work while learning to perfect the head shot and studio lighting. I am a big fan of PETER HURLEY'S work and I have picked up some techniques from his material, but I am looking to be original.

Recently I have been doing a project where I called out 10 people to do a free head shot session to create different lighting and diverse my portfolio, and man did they come out! I was excited because I had the opportunity to meet some great people and even some local musical talent that i was able to capture. Going forward this year I am looking to do even more head shots and be known for it, but the challenge is to get known and be known for this type of work.

Andrew Mackleive A local Sax player here in the HRM ..currently with Party Boots and other bands

As many of you know I have been mentored by Trevor Allen who has shaped me and helped me keep focused on what i do best, so we have decided to team up and Brinton Photography is now using Trevor Allen Studios exclusively for head shot photography. This is great news because it will allow me to create professional original work while keeping the atmosphere professional and pleasing to the client. We hope to bring a fresh new experience to the photography market by changing the way head shots are done!

One of the ways I like to give back to the photography community is to educate and inspire people to get out and work hard at finding what they do best and do it ! So this year I will be putting on some great workshops that will cater to the beginner to the professional and also get those tutorial videos out there that I promised! I you have any suggestions  or anything you would like me to do a tutorial on please email me at gary@brintonphotography.ca and I will do it for you.

My Mentor and friend Trevor Allen shot in studio while setting up light for a client.. Brinton Photography image.

My Mentor and friend Trevor Allen shot in studio while setting up light for a client.. Brinton Photography image.

by Gary Brinton

My first visit to the New Halifax Library

Top floor bookshelves. 

Today my wife and children wanted to enjoy an afternoon at the new Halifax Library, I'm not much of a reader but I have been looking for a chance to shoot it! So I armed myself with my 14-24 and 24mm tilt shift and off we went. When I came through the doors I was instantly amazed at the shear size of the space, and the design was flawless, but I was a bit confused of how I was going to capture the unique lines and difficult compositions. The top floor got my attention as it does for everyone who first walked out, "wow" and "I'm not going close to the edge" were some of the comments heard as I captured the sunset through the beautiful and panoramic view! 

Pano view from the top floor of the sunset

I have been doing interior design photography in Halifax for over a year now, and this place topped my list of the most unique places I have visited. The stairs and curved designs are just some of the great features of this place I loved! shooting straight lines was a challenge, but I managed to get some good images in the short amount of time there.

The stairs are one of the trademarks of the facility 

Although I love talking I feel the images will speak for themselves of the different angles of the New Library and what you can see when there. Below is the rest of the images from the day shooting.

Serge Ramelli Interior Design Photo Competition winner

A few days ago I entered one of my interior design shots in a competition on Serge Ramelli's website. I have been following his youtube channel for some time now and he puts out 2 tutorials per week for free and shows how to retouch and photoshop images. What is also really cool about his website is, if you sign up for his newsletter you get all the RAW files and all the past RAW files from all his retouching tutorials for you to try for yourself. I like this guy because he gets you engaged in photography and teaches well. The image below is the one that won the contest for me and I am really proud of it, check it out. 

The Vault Image from Spring Garden Place in Halifax ...Click on the image to view bigger

Also Serge put out a video giving me a shout out about my website and my work, it was really good for me as I have been working hard in the last year to make this business work, and also worked hard on my skills to improve my quality of images. I also learned some great tips from Serge on how to enhance my interior design photography and it really did make the difference. Below is the video that featured me and my winning image along with some great exposure for my website and blog post! 

Thanks again to Serge for the opportunity to have my work and website featured and doing contests like this, its really good for photography to have this type of stage to get your work out and also learn some great tips and tricks to enhance your photography. below is all of Serge's info and website info!

 

Serge Ramelli Site info:

Tutorial Website

Youtube Channel

Portfolio 

Interior Design Before and after's Brinton Photography Style

Design before and after.jpg

This hotel room really shows the power of editing software and the tool available to make any image come back and with amazing results. I really find it disappointing when you come home from a shoot and realize that you missed some valuable thing that you could have avoided, like in this image the bedskirt and bedding were crooked and out of place. check out the result!

This Image is one of my favorites in terms of results for this before and after series, it posed a few issues as the angle and size of room made it hard to capture the whole table while keeping the shape of the room. Shooting wide angle of course can distort your images and making them straight again can be TIME CONSUMING, and even though I was shooting with the best wide angle lens for keeping lines (Nikon 14-24mm 2.8) this one was still a pain. The result was great!

 

This is the Bar lounge shot that I just shot a few weeks ago, and this one posed a few problems. The first one is airconditioners, they are ugly for any image and do not look good in interior design shots and clients don't want them in their images. This airconditioner was huge and right in my frame which i felt best suited this image, and there wasn't much to work off of to make it look real. The other problem i faced was the lack of light to properly blend the image together, so I took multiple images at different exposures which is well known in Photography as high dynamic range (HDR). While using the HDR image along with a metered exposure that the camera best picked for the scene I was able to blend the two images together to come up with a great result! Check this out. 



In this image I was finding it hard to get angles that would rule out getting reflections from the lights behind me and the huge glare from the window. So for this image I used a HDR blend again along with some lightroom adjustments to bring out the rich wood colors and details of the old style furniture. The other problem was getting that light reflection from the picture in the center of the frame and felt it took my attention every time I looked at the image. To fix this issue I scoured the internet looking for a image that would work in the frame as I was unable to remove the flare without ruining the old image within the picture. Check out this before and after subtle but really worked out for me here! 


Talking images in a busy environment where the client requires no people and less distraction as possible can seem impossible, but it can be done, as you will see in these images I took recently for a client. They wanted a image showcasing their hotel with the park in view, and the public gardens, lush and full of trees and thick bushes and flowers doesn't give you much of a view from the park outward. So in the mid afternoon on the busiest street east of Montreal, Spring Garden Rd was full of traffic and a steady flow of people enjoying the park! 

For this I had to take a bunch of images at different times to make sure that in every photo, parts of the scene were clean and free of all the distractions i mentioned, and then with photoshop layers I am able to blend the images together and remove any power lines and unwanted items for a clean result. below you will see a couple of the images in a mini gallery to see the different shots needed to blend this image together and I was very pleased with the result and so was the client!

Finished blended image with Photoshop CC and Lightroom Adjustments!

So as you can see it's really about getting it in camera and I'm not claiming to have it mastered yet, so because of spending time teaching myself photoshop and editing techniques I'm able to salvage what would have been a spoiled image and make it industry quality for my clients! Thanks for checking out my blog and I will be posting more about these and other tips and tricks in the future! 

by Gary Brinton

Nikon Canada Love! And my virgin take on photography

I recently entered my CN train image in a photo contest for Nikon Canada's Photo Of The Month on their Facebook Page, and with so many great images I thought it was a long shot! So I was pleased to find an email from them informing me that I had indeed won the April's photo of the month contest, and the prize?, the image would be posted to all their social media pages with my business info and image description! In this modern age of technology and social media this type of exposure is almost priceless, especially on a global stage such as Nikon! I have been constantly working to better my skills and knowledge and I am happy to see it pay off. 

CN Train Shot that won Photo of the Month through Nikon Canada

                            There is an immense amount of people launching facebook pages and creating watermarks to put on their images but not really committed to building a brand or business that will compete in the professional market, in my opinion this can frustrate the market or can help it. but it can create confusion on what passes as professional vs everyday photography. I'm not saying don't pursue your love for taking great pictures, and please don't hesitate on making it your business. I am simply saying being a photographer is hard work and a full time competitive self branding business that takes planning, networking and creativity that is not easily attained by just buying the latest camera and lenses!  This photo business world is tight and you really need to be serious and gauge your future based on your passion, skills and vision on where you see yourself years from now. 

                                                         Another area of branding that I personally believe is important is knowing your market and competitors, with a branding market such as Photography you must know who is out there, and how they are creating their unique brand, and their focused market! I have the utmost respect for some of the photographers I have met and had the pleasure of working with so far, their willingness to help and network has been extremely inspiring for me. I have been watching the community forms on Facebook and it's interesting to see how many people are willing to share what they know and learn, but remember it still is a branding market so don't share all your secrets! 

                           I have witnessed a handful of the "professionals" out there that contribute to Photography here locally in huge ways, from Tanya Shields always giving her take and advice to Brent McCombs and Mike McCarthy pulling in great workshops. Also guys like Trevor Allen who I personally attribute my focus and drive to allow me to do what I do even more, just a visit with Trevor gets my motivation and creativity moving again. There is a long list of people out there making Photography unique and interesting and I appreciate all of their work and advice, as well their commitment to making photography the best it can be!

I don't claim to be the "next big thing" but I want to work towards that goal, and target my business around that statement. Thanks for reading this blog and I hope to see your take on this, good or critical...lol

by Gary Brinton

Humanity Of Halifax. The story behind it.

Humanity of Halifax was a project I started to bring awareness to a known issue in our society today, and it is that we ignore what we don't understand! People of the street or "homelessness" as it's known is a growing and repetitive issue in the HRM, that seems to leave a bad taste in your mouth when asked what can be done about it?. Do you really think that we have the solution or is the answer in something else?, like an action or a feeling? I started talking to some of the people on the streets and quickly i realized "THEIR HUMAN" just like me , with stories, personalities, and in need of love. I thought well I can do something to help them, surely I can tell their story in a way that is rarely done. I feel that our disconnection to the problem and having no mercy is the main factor, what we are willing to do to help and put our hands to the plow so to speak?. It's going to take Mercy!

So i started a FaceBook page that would be the platform for accountability, a place where if you didn't know their story or see their faces, if we were going to be plain ignorant to the issues plaguing them then we would be without excuse. It became a very popular page quickly and the attention grew even to the stage of the local media, but I didn't expect it so intensely and so what I planned to put into this project was outweighed by the attention it received. I planned on spending more time as the months went on at shelters and on the street to get to know people and understand the hurts and sufferings that were so evident, I mean it doesn't take you 2 mins driving down Gottingen St to realize that there is suffering there.

                                   So for a time I was able to meet some great people and connecting with organizations in the area to respectfully approach them with the knowledge that I was going to be doing this. Walking around Halifax in the lower income areas with a camera asking questions wasn't going to get anyone kick out the welcoming mat for me. I was ready to go more indepth and dedicate more of my time to going out and hearing stories and taking their portrait. Suddenly me and my wife had a personal tragedy that hit us hard and threw me off track for a season. We had lost our baby at early pregnancy and it was my wifes first time being pregnant and she was hurting, I had to be by her side.

                             It was a very difficult time for us as we really were looking forward to having a baby together as we just got married a couple years ago and we are in our late 30's. Then we found out that she will require surgery and that it might affect our chances to become pregnant in the future. But God is a good God so we trust that He will work all things for the good of those who trust iand Love Him, and so We are moving forward and whatever comes will come. And now I am ready to to go back to the street and spend time with people and love them and be that mercy that they so often go without. 

                                                         Join me as I interview and feature the stories of everyday ordinary people that need our love and attention just as much as your son or daughter, sister brother, Mom and Dad does and be Mercy! Check out Humanity Of Halifax on Facebook and like and share this journey with me! 

by Gary Brinton