Christmas Stocking Illustration for Edmonton Journal front page

Posted by ryanjackson on Dec 24, 2014 in lighting, portrait

Every year the Edmonton Journal runs a Christmas related photo on the front page on Dec. 24th. This year we photographed Journal reporter Alex Zabjeck’s adorable kid Arjun.
For the image of him looking in the stocking, I placed a small LED video light inside to give the glow on his face.

Front page Christmas illustration with two-year-old Arjun Swatch in Edmonton on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Ryan Jackson

Front page Christmas illustration with two-year-old Arjun Swatch in Edmonton on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Ryan Jackson

Front page Christmas illustration with two-year-old Arjun Swatch in Edmonton on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Ryan Jackson

Front page Christmas illustration with two-year-old Arjun Swatch in Edmonton on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Ryan Jackson

Front page Christmas illustration with two-year-old Arjun Swatch in Edmonton on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Ryan Jackson

Front page Christmas illustration with two-year-old Arjun Swatch in Edmonton on December 23, 2014. (Photo by Ryan Jackson

Here's a look behind the scenes. I had a strobe above Arjun with a beauty dish wrapped in a white blanket. There is a golden reflector to the left with a small tungsten light to warm up the photo. The biggest challenge in lighting this photo was balancing the strobe with the tiny LED christmas lights. Hence needing to wrap the light in a blanket to make it dimmer.

Here’s a look behind the scenes. I had a strobe above Arjun with a beauty dish wrapped in a white blanket. There is a golden reflector to the left with a small tungsten light to warm up the photo.
The biggest challenge in lighting this photo was balancing the strobe with the tiny LED christmas lights. Hence needing to wrap the light in a blanket to make it dimmer.

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BioWare and creating the world of Dragon Age in Edmonton

Posted by ryanjackson on Dec 11, 2014 in video

BioWare is a great Edmonton success story. The video game company started in 1995 and have created some of the highest rated games of all time. I remember spending countless hours playing Shattered Steel back when I was a kid and now I’m addicted to the Mass Effect series.

Journal columnist Paula Simons and I got a tour of BioWare after they won Game of the Year for Dragon Age: Inquisition.

BioWare and creating the world of Dragon Age in Edmonton from Ryan Jackson on Vimeo.

Take a sneak peak inside BioWare and learn about the immense storyworld of Dragon Age that is enjoyed by millions and is created here in Edmonton. Video by Ryan Jackson, edmontonjournal.com

Read the story here.

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How to power through the Butterdome craft fair in 90 minutes

Posted by ryanjackson on Dec 5, 2014 in video

If you are an organized and efficient person then you will love Kathy Kerr’s determination to do all her Christmas shopping in a mere 90 minutes. This was a fun video to make. I just used a Panasonic GH4 with a 12-35mm lens and a shoulder mount so I could stay small and weave through the crowds.

How to power through your Christmas shopping from Ryan Jackson on Vimeo.

With focus and strategy, Kathy Kerr gives tips for how to get in and out of the Butterdome craft fair in 90 minutes with all your Christmas presents. Video by Ryan Jackson, edmontonjournal.com

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Rock ‘n’ roll mama Agnes DeMarco

Posted by ryanjackson on Dec 2, 2014 in portrait

This was one of my favorite portraits of 2014.

I had a crummy few days leading up to this assignment when a major freelance project had fallen apart. The morning before this assignment I put on Mac DeMarco’s music and the stress melted away. Agness was a delight to photograph and chat with. You could really see the positive artistic influence she had on her two sons.  You can read the full story here.

Agnes DeMarco is the mother of Mac DeMarco, one of indie-rock's fastest rising stars. She's becoming a social-media star and booking her own gigs now. She poses for a photo in Edmonton on December 2, 2014. (Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

Agnes DeMarco is the mother of Mac DeMarco, one of indie-rock’s fastest rising stars. She’s becoming a social-media star and booking her own gigs now. She poses for a photo in Edmonton on December 2, 2014. (Photo by Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

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