Beauty Dish Vs Para Modifier Beauty Photoshoot. Which Modifier do you prefer?

In this Beauty shoot we wanted to compare the MOLA Demi 22″ Beauty dish to the Broncolor Para 133 Modifier for a beauty shoot.

The camera during this shoot was the Canon R5 with a Sigma 100mm Macro lens. For both modifiers we used the same strobe which was the Broncolor 800s.

The background was the same for each modifier which was a fashion grey seamless paper. This was a single light setup for each shot.

For the Para 133 the light the focusing rod was pushed fully in to give the most contrasted lighting on the model. With the Para 133 I could have played around with different positions for the focusing rod but I wanted create a similar-ish size of light source for both modifiers. That wasn’t an exact science but its what we did on the day.

I am an Ambassador for Tether Tools and Broncolor and neither of these brands paid to advertise in this video or asked for any showcasing of their products. I purchased all of my own gear shown in this video years prior to working with these brands. I like to be transparent though.

This is gear that I use professionally each week and thought it was fun and useful to be able to show the gear in action. Over the years I have used a vast amount of products and gear including modifiers that we made out of cardboard when I first started out. We still use all sorts of random things to help reflect light and create different looks

Makeup Sarah Stokes

Model Hannah

Model Agency: @pattifalconeragency @patti_falconer_talent_

Photography katherinecalnanphotography

Youtube  @Katherine Calnan Photography

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Tether Tools Pro Team Katherine Calnan

Becoming a Tether Tools Pro Team Photographer has been a really amazing experience.

I have been using Tether Tools products for many years because they were the best products available for tethered studio photography that I was able to purchase. At the time when I started as a fledgling professional photographer I was drawn to working in studio or larger outdoor sets. I tried different options at first but ended up with Tether Tools and never changed as the quality and reliability was the best I could find. As I began working with more paying clients I started to really experience the benefits of shooting tethered. With brands, models, executives and creative directors being able to see the images on a large screen before leaving the studio or set is so beneficial on a weekly occurrence.

Becoming a Tether Tools Ambassador for their company was a really wonderful offer that has already aided my photography. I recently started working with the new Air Direct Wireless Tethering System which has enabled me to move around the studio more and really utilizing the space and get some unique angles even while still being tethered. This has aided speed and creativity.

Another benefit has been the fact I don’t have a cable and its all wireless. I have always loved the bright orange Tether Tools cables as people could easily see them. On occasion, especially if I was in smaller studios I had times when a model or clients maybe treads on the cable or someone accidentally pulls on it while I’m shooting.

I still use a physical tether cable for certain shoots. It is really nice having the option for both a physical cable and wireless connections. It has really helped me.

On a random side note with all of the online and distance video calls over the past year I started using one of my Tether Tools orange tether cables to connect my second photo/video camera to use as a live streaming camera so that ZOOM calls really look on point. The high transfer rates of the Tether Tools cable means that my live streams can be in HD without frames dropping or losing a connection.

I will be sharing a lot more about Tether Tools and their products that I use in the coming months.

Thank you

Katherine Calnan

Tether Tools Pro Team

Tether Tools Pro Team Katherine Calnan

Representing Team Canada 2021 World Photographic Cup

This year I was very honored to be selected to represent Team Canada in the World Photographic Cup. WPC Canada website is here

After winning classes in the Provincial and then National competitions with the PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada) I was encouraged to submit images for consideration to become a member of Team Canada along with other incredible photographic talent from the country.

There were 335 images from photographers all across Canada entered, with the same goal to make it to the final 18. Those 18 are then selected and submitted as a member of Team Canada in the 2021 World Photographic Cup.

“This year, 38 countries entered the 8th edition of the World Photographic Cup, rising up once again the record of nations participating in this global and unique competition!  The actual winners, individual and teams, will be presented at the World Photographic Cup ceremony in Rome, scheduled on April 19th, 2021. All finalists,  and each one of their images… have the chance to help their country win the World Photographic Cup 2021!”

I am incredibly proud to have made it through all of the levels of refining and to be selected as one of the three best in my category and in the final 18 members of Team Canada from the 335 entries. Professional photography can often be a very individual pursuit but the bond between photographers is strong so it is really exciting to be a part of the Canadian Team.

Go Canada Go!

My Team Canada image is in the Commercial Photography category.

Here is an exert from the confirmation email I received. Some areas of the email were removed to shorten this blog post.

Dear Katherine,

Congratulations, your image…has been selected to represent TEAM CANADA in the 2021 World Photographic Cup competition.

The quality and creativity of your image earned its place in the final round of deliberation. Considering the number of images submitted this is quite an accomplishment.

Every image at this final level was reviewed, examined and ranked by all the curators from across the Team Canada specialist spectrum. In the end our panel selected your image as one of the three best in its category. As such, it will be a part of Team Canada’s entry into the World Photographic Cup...

Being part of Team Canada is a dream come true; a check mark off my bucket list. It’s an absolute honour to be among such great photographers...

Team Canada Timeline:
November 2020 – International Judging
The international panel anonymously judges all images.

December 2020 – Canadian Promotion
Team Canada starts promoting the Canadian entry. 

January, 2021 – Top 10
The top 10 images in each category are announced at Imaging USA.

April 19, 2021 – WPC Awards Ceremony
Top 10 certificates and image medals are presented in Rome, Italy. The top scoring country wins the World Photographic Cup!

…Thank you for helping make Team Canada’s entry into the World Photographic Cup such an amazing one.  Go Canada Go!”

Pro Photoshoot BTS Mix Up. 2 Studios, 3 Models, 3 Photoshoots

I have some exciting news coming soon so we put together this mix up of photoshoots from the not too distant past.

Here is a video mix up of 3 different models, 2 different studios, 3 different days, multiple lights, 4 different cameras, lots of clothing brands, shoes, multiple makeup artists, 2 different hair stylists, multiple clothing stylists and a whole lot more that goes into these ideas and visions.

Thank you to everyone!

Photographer: Katherine Calnan Photography

Models: Taylor Mccaroll, Geneve Miller, Ciara Stewart

Hair: Justin Rizutto, Dena Farivar Makeup: @allthingsdena, @sofnotsoph, @makeupbyshirelye

Styling: @pricelessvices

Clothing: Dior, Chanel, Maison Simons, LuxDujour, Kate Hewko, Alexander McQueen, LeSeven Optical

Equipment: Tether Tools, Broncolor

Video: Katherine Calnan Photography

Music: licensed via “Make Me Mad by Ofrin”

Copyright Katherine Calnan Photography 2021

The Lake Short Film Ice Skating

Much of my time as a child and young adult was spent at ice skating rinks and competitions. After university though I stopped skating for a long time and recently our family had been skating quite often and this is a short film recorded on a frozen lake near Canmore Alberta.

Along with photography we also do a certain amount of videography work and this was us having some fun skating and combining some film as well. This day was exceptionally windy with wind warnings across the province and we wanted to create some video that captured some of that rawness of the environment while at the same time watching the grace and peacefulness that is present within the turbulence of nature, figure skating and the human experience.

katherine calnan photography
Katherine Calnan is an award winning published fashion photographer and an Accredited Professional Photographer with the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). Specializing in Fashion photography, Portrait photography and Commercial photography. She regularly works with some of largest model agencies in Canada and also agencies in America. Katherine has both a Business and Economics degrees from the University of Calgary. She then furthered her education in photography taking courses in Canada, USA and the UK. She spent a large part of her life in advanced competitive figure skating, ballet and dance. Katherine is also a black belt in Shotokan with further training in Ninjutsu and close quarter combat. After many years in the oil and gas industry she transitioned into the world of professional photography. She is based in Calgary Alberta and she travels extensively across Canada and the USA following her passion for photography and also covers assignments in Europe.


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