Capture One Pro 11 Released


Capture One Pro 11 was just released. Loving all the new features. 

As most of you know I've used Capture One Pro for years. It's the only thing I have open on set to tether. It's colour and RAW conversion is world renown. This year I was honoured to be brought on as one of thirteen ambassadors of Capture One Pro worldwide. It's amazing when you can work with a brand you use day in and day out and you trust.

So here comes an amazing announcement, Capture One Pro 11 just hit the ground running today and it's amazing, with crazy new features. A lot of these features have been requested by us and it's great to see when they get implemented and your job gets easier on set. Use using layers in photoshop? C1P now has that! If you ever wanted to step back a colour grade 10-20% but didn't have that capability, you now can. Annotations are now available, so you can draw right on your images in capture one so you can ensure those client comments are not forgotten, also, you can export those annotations to a new layer in photoshop right from capture one. The new feather mask and refine mask is very impressive, drawing complex masks is now a thing of the past.

If you've been on the fence about Capture One, I recommend grabbing the 30-day trial, hitting up some tutorials on their site and give it a whirl. You might just end up like me and never look back.

Sidebar-announcement, I'll be jumping on a webinar soon with Phase One and Capture One to talk about editing with Capture One, so keep your eyes peeled for that official date and time.

Capture One 11 introduces an updated processing engine, market-leading performance, and powerful new features. The highly responsive tools give you the power to create stunning images from your camera's RAW files, in a time-saving workflow that can be customized to fit your needs.

Capture One Brand Ambassador Q&A – Part I

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Check out a fun guest blog for Capture One Pro for the release of the Ambassador program. 

"Get to know our Brand Ambassadors. We’ve asked our Capture One Brand Ambassadors to answer questions giving an insight into their Capture One experiences. Our Brand Ambassadors cover all disciplines, so no matter what your preferences are there’s sure to be something for you!"

Derek Joins Capture One Pro's Ambassador Program


Thankful to be 1 of 13 amazing artists around the world to wear the Capture One Pro ambassador hat. Thanks for bringing me along for the ride Phase One.

Capture One's Ambassador page reads: "Capture One Brand Ambassadors are among the industries most talented photographers and retouchers. They are here to share their talent and skills to inspire the photographic community. Ambitious, creative, and uncompromising, the Capture One Brand Ambassadors will show why Capture One is considered the professional's choice in images editing."

Titan II - The Last of a Cold Era

The last standing Titan II missile site resides in a complex known as Five-Seven-One-Dash-Seven. There were fifty-four of these sites across the United States from Nineteen-Sixty-Three to Nineteen-Eighty-Seven. Manned twenty-four-seven, three-hundred-and-sixty-five days a year for twenty-four years by a crew of four. November eleventh, Nineteen-Eighty-Two, Five-Seven-One-Dash-Seven came off alert.

The Titan II carried the largest nuclear warhead ever deployed on an ICBM by the United States. It had a range of over five-thousand-five-hundred miles. It would take thirty minutes from launch to reach its intended target. 

It is a frightening reminder of a darker, less certain time in our history. 

Thanks to SLR Lounge for the write up on the series.

Thanks to SLR Lounge for the write up on the series.

Derek Heisler - Directing models vs. posing them during photo shoots

Creative Director and Conceptual photographer Derek Heisler explains the benefits of directing your models rather than just posing them during your shoot. Here's a small bit from his talk in Toronto May 11th, 2017. We want to thank Canon Canada and Vistek for sponsoring the event.

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Toronto Scotiabank Photography Contact Festival - Workshop

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I am excited to announce I’m coming to talk at the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival in Toronto in 2 weeks; May 11. We’ve partnered with Vistek and Canon Canada to bring you an evening of photography, lighting, directing talent and business talk. Come on by and check it out, it’s free to attend. Thank you to our sponsors! See you soon Toronto!

Add it to your Contact Festival Planner here.

Workshop Information:

Title: Vistek: Learn to Shoot like Derek Heisler

If you’ve dreamed of becoming a fashion photographer, this is an event you don’t want to miss. This is your chance to learn from one of the best commercial fashion/lifestyle photographers in the business, Derek Heisler, on how to light, shoot, and work with a fashion model. Sponsored by Canon.

Visit to register.

Toronto Scotiabank Photography Contact Festival - Gallery Showing

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I am excited to annouce a gallery of some of my select work in "The Colour of Personality" will up at the Toronto Vistek location for the month of May. I will be at the store on May 11th from 12PM-2PM, come by and say hi!

Add the event to your Contact Festival planner here.

Gallery Info:

Name: The Colour of Personality

Where: Vistek Toronto

Persons of intrigue are often described as colourful and full of personality. It all starts with the eyes and ows to the brow, cheeks, and lips. Colour and light can say so much about a subject, and this exhibition shows how it can be used to emphasize personality or emotion.

Moving Portrait - Lingerie

Let me present a Moving Portrait.

A little different from a cinemagraph. Where a cinemagraph is a video that's masked to show small movement; a moving portrait is originally a still image that is then broken up and the camera is moved much like Disney's Multi-plane camera.

Pop in those headphones and turn on the audio. Enjoy!

A Moving Portrait - Gunslinger

Let me present a Moving Portrait.

A little different from a cinemagraph. Where a cinemagraph is a video that's masked to show small movement; a moving portrait is originally a still image that is then broken up and the camera is moved much like Disney's Multi-plane camera.

Here there are 3 objects, the back wall, the counter and the subject himself. What makes a great moving portrait? A great shot, a smooth camera movement in 3D space and great environmental audio that takes you there.

Pop in those headphones and turn on the audio. Enjoy!

Doodle Gunslingers

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Doodled Gunslingers is a series of illustrated photos shot by commercial photographer Derek Heisler with linework by Mr. Woody Woods. These guys are real american stuntmen from the northwest. Mr. Woody Woods has used illustrations that compliment the originals by using elements that represent their career and history. Adding more character to their very characterful faces.

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Photography Derek Heisler
Model Tessa Greiner
Make + Hair Erin Halisky

Route 66


It's about the car, the girl and the road.

It's about the car, the girl and the road. All distractions we need. The open road gives us the freedom to stretch our wings and refresh. The car gives us the power we need to travel through miles and miles of thoughts. And the girl, the girl. Music reminds you of her, glimpses of her smile in your peripheral. She's the angel and the devil on your shoulder on an adventure we all need to take. Take a deep breath, this is what life is about. 

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