Whether it's our ongoing World Class YouTube series, or our photographer spotlights, our interviews series is here to introduce you to our industry's up-and-coming and veteran image makers.

Using emotion to lead your shooting style w/ Lauren Withrow | WC Ep. 3


In episode three of our ongoing YouTube series, World Class, Vistek video producer Dale Sood Skypes with American Editorial Photographer Lauren Withrow. Lauren Withrow is a highly acclaimed American editorial photographer. She’s been featured in Flickr’s 20 under 20, and Photoboite’s 2015 30 women under 30. Her work is cinematic, vulnerable, and memorable. She shares with us how she gets such intimate photographs in what are often completely improvised settings. Her work is both very personal but is also a commercial success. Over the course of the hour-long interview, Dale and Lauren discuss a multitude of topics, including how Lauren…

Shooting & lighting comedy – W/ DoP Jon Aguirresarobe | WC Ep. 2


In the second episode of our ongoing YouTube series, World Class, Vistek video producer Dale Sood Skypes with Los Angeles-based, Spanish narrative and commercial Director of Photography Jon Aguirresarobe. Over the course of the hour-long interview, they discuss the shooting & lighting techniques Jon incorporates when filming comedy as well as sharing many valuable tips & insights for up and coming filmmakers. Watch World Class Episode 2: Shooting & lighting comedy w/ Cinematographer Jon Aguirresarobe Chapter Time Stamps 1:23 – Jon’s Backstory 5:41 – Art History, and its importance in cinematography 9:25 – Art direction & working with the Art Department…

Pushing the Limits: How to Make it in Adventure Photography | WC Ep. 1


Learn how World Class Adventure Photographer Michael Clark… …got into outdoor adventure photography, the dangers involved in this genre, his career trajectory, how to make a living in the genre and how new and evolving technology is making it easier to push the limits in this genre. Leaving behind a career as a Physicist to pursue his passion for adventure & photography, internationally published outdoor photographer Michael Clark recently sat down with Vistek to talk about his photographic style, his gear and share some tips on how you can become a better adventure photographer. Michael Clark is a regular contributor…

CONTACT Photographers Share The Stories Behind Their Photos


Over the course of two days, Vistek’s in-house video producer (and creative director for his own production company Arts & Rec) Dale Sood conducted and filmed interviews with some of this year’s CONTACT Festival photographers. The purpose of these interviews was two-fold, the first being to highlight the outstanding work of the artists, and the second, to share the story behind an individual photograph or their series. Click here to see more CONTACT Festival related posts Each of the photographers listed below touches on a different subject, including inter-faith relationships, the environment, cultural issues, travel, and humor. Carlos Fernandes J…

We get intimate with photographer Derek Heisler


Canada has produced a lot of world-class photographers over the years, maybe none more prominent than Saskatchewan-born, Calgary-based Derek Heisler. I often haven’t told the story of how I got into photography. Did it start with all these beautiful women? Oh god no. – Derek Heisler The seeds for self-taught Photographer & Conceptual Designer Derek Heisler’s career were planted while studying for his engineering degree in university when he decided to take on small graphic design projects on the side for some extra cash. As told in Derek Heisler’s 2012 blog post “Humble Beginnings & Landscapes”: DH: “I needed a lot of stock imagery, so I…

Dear Beth, (i.e. the Beth at the heart of The Beth Project)


Until The Beth Project came along, we thought we knew you pretty well. As your Vistek colleagues we knew that you moved to Toronto from the Great Great White North (Whitehorse) … that you’re a fabulous cook who loves to bake … that you push the limits physically as an eager participant in the insane sport of roller derby … that you cater to your ‘real love’ of photography by shooting wedding and portraits under your dangergirl persona. And Beth, of course, we knew you as that courageous individual who made the daring decision to lose 150 pounds and cut…

Blake Morrow unveils The Beth Project


A fascinating guy, this Blake Morrow. He’s a great photographer as well as an accomplished illustrator and graphic designer. And that’s the unique aspect of Blake’s work; you can actually see where the different disciplines collide and duke it out. The Beth Project is a perfect example.

West Ed — An Exposition.


The West Edmonton Mall – the largest mall in North America – is more than just a place to shop. Among its hundreds of stores and services, it’s home to the world’s largest indoor waterpark, world’s largest indoor amusement park, a life-size replica of a Spanish galleon, and an NHL-size skating rink. It’s a city within a city, with a workforce of roughly 24,000 people. No question, the West Ed is a spectacle in itself. And for that reason, local Edmonton photographers Owen Murray and Tom Young decided to team up to properly showcase “The Mall”, which is currently on…

What Lies Beneath – Margaret Hines


Next up in Vistek’s national Gallery is a series of photos entitled What Lies Beneath — a collection of underwater shots shot by photographer Margaret Hines. You’ll find her story interesting because, for one thing, without any formal training, she literally dove into underwater photography. And with the help of her husband, she turned their backyard pool into a studio. Meet Margaret Hines What is your background & education? Accounting & Finance. Completely self-taught with underwater photography How did you get your start as a photographer?  Did you have a special mentor? I have always had a camera starting out…

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