This essay was created during a 2-day seminar located in the Distillery District in Toronto on July 22nd and 23rd 2011 that included both technical and creative content.
The technical subjects were around the use of the Leica M9 camera itself and the lenses. One attraction of the seminar was access to the full line of Leica M products, including the famous Noctilux.
The creative side of the material was around street photography.
Several attendees were professional photographers, which made this session different from others I have attended.
The workshop covered three areas:  M9 operations and usage  Techniques for Street Photography and Assignments  Product trial.
M9 Operations and Usage:
- CCD sensors behave differently than the cmos. Have better performance in low light. unlike CMOS it is better to under expose under expose -0.3 EV
- Brighten blue to to recover highlights
- Ensure colours properly set before converting the Black & White
- Landscape bracketing: Need 5 points; 2 ev apart
Techniques for street photography
- Assignments: Light and lines; Shadows and silhouettes; People without people; Part representing the whole; Motion; Abstract
- For street photography: Set to Hyper focal distance; use wide lens (e.g., 28mm); set to 12s timer delay; walk into the scene; Things to meter off (that are 18% grey) include hand and sidewalk; Shoot completely manual
I’ve just completed a two-day course covering the M9 and Black & White Photography, with a little bit of street photography thrown in. Leica M9, Leica Macro-Adapter M 90mm, ISO 2500, f/16, 1/15s Granted, the focus was on training, but the Leica team did bring with them a good selection of camera bodies and…
The course was held at the old Gooderham & Worts Distillery. A reasonable spot for street photography; but with classic old industrial buildings a great one for black and white. Leica M9, Leica Elmarit-M 28mm, ISO 160, f/5.7, 1/250s
Shot from the 4th floor of the stone building with an 18mm lens. Leica M9, Leica Super-Elmar-M 18mm f/3.8, ISO 160, f/6.7, 1/250s
The macro lens was the second one I wanted to try out. It turned out to be better than I thought. Leica M9, Leica Macro-Adapter M 90mm, ISO 160, f/6.7, 1/45s
More on the Black and White front: Leica M9, Leica Elmarit-M 90mm, ISO 160, f/13, 1/125s
The conference was held in this building, the only stone building on the site. Leica M9, Leica Elmarit-M 90mm, ISO 160, f/9.5, 1/180s
Through the window from the conference room: Leica M9, Leica Summicron-M 50mm, ISO 160, f/2.0, 1/1000s A free eFolio is available for download.
The Distillery is a popular place for wedding receptions: Leica M9, Leica Super-Elmarit-M 18mm ASPH, ISO 160, f/11, 1/180s A free eFolio is available for download.