Founded in 1992 with the mission of finding new faces, CA7 Creative Inc. has a staff devoted to helping beginners of all ages break out of obscurity and into the modelling, film, print, and television industries. A team of photographers, booking agents, makeup artists, and marketers congregates under one roof to score auditions for acting and modelling neophytes with no prior experience, shooting photos, augmenting cheekbones, and doling out advice to help them stand out. Their clients' faces have graced print ads, commercials, and billboards for companies including Nikon, Sony, Ikea, and Campbell's. The professional photographers snap shots of aspiring stars with skillfully arranged backdrops in a comfortable studio flanked by wood floors and large windows that permit only the most flattering of natural light to enter. They work with each subject to bring out their natural personality in each shot, capturing some clients mean mugging in leather jackets, others playfully grinning in casual duds, and some casting over-the-shoulder smoulders in cocktail-party attire.
It’s tough to get tree frogs, toucans, and monkeys to sit still in a studio. That's why the leaders of the Academy of Photo Arts take photography trips to Costa Rica, where they can find exotic wildlife in its natural habitat before capturing it on film. The photography academy’s travel courses can also whisk students off to Venice’s picturesque canals, or to Las Vegas to capture shots of the Grand Canyon or the landfill where all copies of Vegas Vacation are buried.
The school hosts Toronto-based courses as well, where keen-eyed photographers lead interactive workshops on wildlife photography and landscape photography. The in-studio courses, meanwhile, focus on techniques that help artists create flattering lighting setups, perform seamless Photoshop edits, and unscrew lens caps rather than smashing them to pieces in frustration. The Academy also provides photo- and video-booth rental that allows photo-takers to capture as many photos and video as they want in both color or black-and-white.
For more than 10 years, Magenta Studio Photo's talented photographers have teamed up with clients to craft custom-fitted photo sessions. Each session starts with a consultation to review the myriad options available for solo portraits, couples, families, and more. Then, clients can create a preferred ambience by selecting background colours and lighting options. Tailored photo sessions give models the chance to pose with props brought from home or from Magenta Studio Photo's costume cache. Following the session, photographers are happy to review every pose to ensure satisfaction and to help subjects select shots that can be immortalized on a fleet of products, such as prints, iPhone cases, and home accessories.
Customers can peruse the homepage gallery for examples of Magenta Studio Photo's moment-capturing prowess, and consult the FAQ page to answer any inquiries.
Black-and-white billboards of beautiful, scantily clad men and women have become synonymous with Calvin Klein's underwear line. In 1982, the company debuted its designer underwear with artistic ad campaigns that grabbed the attention of the public as they passed through Times Square or slurped up cereal milk in between commercial breaks. The impression the gray-toned billboards made in the ‘80s has had a lasting effect—Calvin Klein remains one of the top underwear retailers in the world to this day. That, of course, is not the only reason for its enduring success. The garments include seamless hipsters, all-lace triangle bras, and low-rise trunks made from 100% cotton.
The image experts at Rapid Photo help their customers capture new photos, update old media to modern formats, and transform images into custom creations. Teams of on-staff photographers snap shots at special events, and video and photo digitization helps keep memories accessible until a future when they can upload directly into dreams. In addition to the staff's many talents, which also include passport photo photography, the shop's specialty services can transport cherished moments to mugs and T-shirts for greater visibility.
At Headshots Toronto and Henry's School of Imaging, experienced photographers impart their keen comprehension of camera technology, tools, and techniques to small classes of budding photophiles. A Portrait 101: Natural Light class teaches camera-clutchers to harness the natural light from setting suns and space-shuttle launches to achieve subject-flattering results. Students also tighten their grasp on mastering various camera settings, choosing the right lens, and knowing when to use the flash. Those who opt for the Portrait 101: Composition class learn the effective use of angles, perspectives, and lenses. Unlike on-duty Sasquatches, kids can be notoriously difficult to catch on camera, so a Portrait 101: Children course imparts tricks for snapping shots of nature's most challenging subjects and techniques to convey mood and emotion in each pixilated portrait.