“Get to Know a Pro” is a new blog feature where we profile members of our professional CanvasPop community.
Blair Gable is a full-time editorial photographer. Specializing in political news coverage, he’s been able to photograph some of the world’s most powerful Presidents, Prime Ministers and Royals. His photos can be found in Macleans Magazine, the Globe and Mail and Reuters to name a few.
Blair’s experience and knowledge made him an obvious choice to do occasional guest blogging for us, so stay tuned for his tips & tricks as well as more on his life as a photographer.
In order to get to know Blair, we sat down and asked him some questions. Want to know his camera of choice, biggest pet peeve and fav photog moment? Read on!
Here’s what he had to say…
CanvasPop: What type or style of photography do you specialize in?
Blair: I specialize in editorial/newspaper photography and do a few documentary weddings on the side. These days I shoot mostly portraits, politics and professional sports. I have been a professional photographer since 2000.
CanvasPop: What is your favourite thing to shoot (event, subject, etc.)?
Blair: My favorite thing to shoot would be major news events, royal visits, state visits, etc. I just recently photographed a part of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s visit to Canada and my images were used in newspapers across Canada and the U.K. as well as magazines like Macleans, Hello, People and a few others.
CanvasPop: What is your all-time favourite image or shoot?
Blair: I have a few favorite images right now. One is of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth that I shot last year, one is of the Ricky Romero, the starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays and one is of a Ferrari FXX from a shoot for the Official Ferrari Magazine – I can’t show you this one yet because it has not been published yet.
CanvasPop: What is your main camera?
Blair: I shoot with all Canon equipment and my main camera is a Canon 1D Mark IV, though I also regularly use my 1D Mark III, 5D Mark II and occasionally an original 5D. I shot with Nikon until 2008 when I made the switch to Canon.
CanvasPop: What do you like most about being a photographer?
Blair: What first attracted me to photojournalism was the fact that I was shooting something different every day and I got to meet people that I never would have met otherwise. I can pop into people’s lives for a short period of time, try to make a photo that represents them, then I am back in my own world until the next shoot. The variety of subject matter is what excites me and keeps me fresh. If I had to work in a studio all day, every day or only shoot weddings I would go crazy.
CanvasPop: What do you like least about being a photographer?
Blair: My least favorite thing about being a photographer is people that shout, “Take my picture!” That is the quickest way to not have your photo taken.
CanvasPop: Biggest mistake you see amateur photographers make?
Blair: The biggest mistake amateur photographers make is the way they hold their camera. Holding your camera like a cheesburger, with an overhand grip on the lens and their elbows flared out to the sides like you are trying to not get special sauce on your shirt not only makes you look like a fool, but is the least stable way you can hold your camera.