Frequently Asked Questions
- About Noel Chenier
- Face to Face Courses
- Gallery Questions
- Getting Started
- Online Courses
- Picture of the Month Contest Questions
- Why do I have to log into the Gallery separately?
- How do I upload pictures to the Gallery?
- What training do you have in photography?
- What academic credentials do you have?
- How long have you been teaching photography?
- What is your teaching philosophy?
- I know NOTHING about my camera. Can I still take the beginner course?
- I already took a photography course previously. Would the Beginner courses be a waste of my time?
- What are the picture of the month contest rules?
- Is there a limit to how many pictures I can post in the gallery?
- Where can I see your photography?
- What types of pictures am I allowed to post on the gallery?
- What awards have you won for your photography?
- Has your work been exhibited?
- How do I vote for the picture of the month contest?
- Am I allowed to use photoshop on my images I want to upload to the gallery?
- 1. Set up your personal info
- 2. Upload an AVATAR(personal photo icon)
- 3. Configure your PRIVATE MESSAGE system
- 4. Set up your DISCUSSION FORUM preferences
- 5. Introduce yourself!
- 6. Start taking part!
- When are you going to be offering Online Courses?
- Do I need a lot of fancy equipment for your courses?
- How does the voting system point totals work?
As much as I would love to be able to have a single log-in, unfortunately, I am using a variety of programs for the gallery, forum, and courses, and they can't all work together with one single log in.
1. Go to the gallery you wish to upload the picture to
2. Select ALBUM ACTIONS->ADD PHOTOS
3. BROWSE to find the files you want to upload.
4. Click UPLOAD.
I received my photography education at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton, and graduated in 1997 with a Diploma of Fine Craft in Photography. The program at the college provided education in a wide range of fields of photography, including photojournalism, portraiture, commercial, and creativity. In my final year of studies at the college, I began working as a freelance photographer for the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, and was hired on full-time a year after that.
Along with my Diploma of Fine Craft in Photography from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, I also received my Certificate of Adult Education from the University of New Brunswick in 2002, and then completed a Bachelor's of Adult Education from the University of New Brunswick in 2005.
My first teaching experience began while I was still a student at the College. I was studying alternative printing processes(cyanotype, gum bichromate) and when I completed my work, I was asked to do a workshop for my fellow students. My first official teaching job began two years after I had graduated from the College, when I was asked to teach a Beginner Photography night course for the general public. Since then, I have taught hundreds of courses and students.
-I believe you must truly love what you teach to be a great techer. I have a deep passion for photography, and I want to infect my studetns with that passion and enthusiam, no matter what aspect of photography they are interested in.
-I believe the best learning occurs when students feel it has purpose. It is my challenge to make what I am teaching relevant and applicable to my student's interests
-I believe every learner is different, and I incorporate as many teaching methods as I can. I use lecture, demonstration, visuals, concrete examples, practice and hands on learning so students of every learning style can get a quality learning experience
-I believe that I am not only a teacher, I am resource, a facilitator, and a mentor. My skills, knowledge, and experiences are a well for my studentes to draw from to further their development. When a student needs direction or guidance, I will aid them in any way possible, including connecting them with others who can help them when I am not able to.
-I believe in sharing knowledge, not keeping secrets. Unlike some who prefer to keep special techniques they use to themselves, everything I do I want to share with anyone who wants to know how it was done.
Of course! The Beginner courses I offer start right at the beginning with how a camera works and all it's parts. Then, we move on from there!
That would depend on the course you took and how much knowledge you have. I personally believe that review is never a bad thing, and many have taken my beginner courses despite having some previous knowledge and were pleasantly suprised at how much they still learned. Every person who teaches photography courses has a different background and experience to draw from, so they will all provide a different learning experience. Also, for those who know the basics, you can drop into a beginner course at the point you feel you need to. If you are unsure what level you are at, please contact me and we can figure it out.
Here are the rules:
1) ONE image only per student
2) Images MUST be taken in the month the contest is for
3) Images MUST NOT be overly photoshopped
What is allowed in photoshop is basic color correction, sharpening, and dust removal or basic conversion to black and white.
Examples of images that are not eligible include:
a)Images converted to black and white and then color added back in(including sepia)
b)photographs that are made of of images put together in photoshop
c)images where colors or contrast have dramatically been enhanced.
d)soft focus or other filter effects
e)nothing can be taken out(ex-powerlines) or added in(blue sky when it was an overcast day)
If you are not sure, upload it and let me know what was done and I'll determine if it's okay or not.
No, go ahead and post as many picture as you like.
You can post any type of pictures you like! Your son's first birthday, photos taken on vacation, shots taken for assignments, funny pictures of Noel, whatever you like! Nude or more adult content have a special hidden gallery however! You can view it here:
http://www.noelchenier.ca/GALLERY/adult WARNING!!! Contains nude images!
I have been fortunate to have been awarded three Atlantic Journalism Awards, the first in 2003 for Feature Photography, again in 2006 for Feature Photography, and in 2008 for Spot News Photography. I have also been nominated for Spot News Photography in 1997 and 2002, and Feature Photography in 1998.
I have also won two Canadian Press Pictures of the Month along with six nominations.
Yes, I have exhibited throughout Canada, both in solo and group photography shows.
Solo show highlights include:
Three of Thirty Thousand: Children Living in Poverty in NB
A photo essay documenting the lives of three children living in poverty.
12 Days in Bosnia
A photo essay on peacekeeping the warn torn country of Bosnia-Herzegovina
Group show highlights include:
PIXELS TO PRINT: THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM
A group exhibition with the photography staff of the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal
CHILD POVERTY: A NATIONAL DISGRACE
A nation wide exhibit of photographs taken of children living in poverty by twenty four photographers. The exhibit opened simultaneously in Ottawa, Toronto, and Barrie, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia; Whitehorse, Yukon; Yellowknife, North West Territories; Edmonton, Alberta; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Fredericton, New Brunswick’ and Charlottetown, PEI
A full list of my exhibitions can be viewed here.
Voting for each contest is enabled after people have had time to upload their entries. It's always started on a Sunday, and ends the following Sunday.
Even if you don't have an entry in the contest, PLEASE VOTE!
To cast you votes:
Go to the current picture of the month album.
1) Log in
2) Click on the circle below the photo you rank as 1st place
3) Click on the circle below the photo you rank as 2nd place
4) Click on the circle below the photo you rank as 3rd place
5) Click on the circle below the photo you rank as honorable mention place
6) Click on VOTE on the bottom of the page to cast your votes.
You will not see the vote totals, those will be revealed at the end!
Remember if you entered the contest, make sure you vote. Voting for your own entry is not allowed!
Of course. Photoshop away! And if possible, tell us what you did to the image to make it look great! Post a comment with the image and talk about the techniques you used.
The only exception is for entries into the Picture of the Month Competitions, which may only have limited photoshop work done on them. See the FAQ about the rules of the contest.
1. Click on YOUR ACCOUNT
2. Click on PERSONAL INFO
3. Click on the red pen to edit your personal info. Type in any field you wish to fill out. The only mandatory field is TRUE NAME.
-PUBLIC EMAIL ADDRESS an email you don't mind other people seeing.
-WEBSITE would be your personal website or blog.
-SIGNATURE will be placed at the bottom of any forum posts you make.
4. Click on the green wrench icon to head back to the account panel.
An AVATAR is a personal photo icon that will appear next to your posts in the forum.
Step 1. Create the Avatar
-Open an image you want to use as your Avatar in Photoshop or your regular imaging program
-Under IMAGE SIZE, set the longest dimension to 100 pixels
-Save as a JPEG, high quality
Step 2. Upload the Avatar
-Select YOUR ACCOUNT in the MAIN MENU
-Select AVATAR MANAGEMENT
-At the bottom, click on CHOOSE FILE.
-Select the file you want to upload
-Click UPLOAD and it will be uploaded and set as your Avatar!
You are allowed 1 Avatar, if you want to upload a new one, repeat this process. Note: You may need to hit the refresh button to have it display your new Avatar.
1. Click on YOUR ACCOUNT
2. Click CONFIGURE PRIVATE MESSAGES
3. If you wish to be notified via email when you are sent a private message, select YES under EMAIL NOTIFICATION.
1. Click on YOUR ACCOUNT
2. Click on FORUM
3. If you want to be notified when new posts are made, click on SUBSCRIBE FORUM next to each category you want to subscribe to.
First thing you should is INTRODUCE YOURSELF on the forum!
1. Click on DISCUSSION forum in the menu
2. Click on ANNOUNCEMENTS/EVENTS/CLASSIFIEDS forum
3. Click on NEW TOPIC, and tell us who you are! Give as little or as much info as you like! Where you live, what you do, what you love photographing, what courses you took with Noel and when, whatever you like!
What you do now is completely up to you!
Here are some ideas!
-ADD A WEBLINK
1. Click on WEB LINKS in the menu
2. Click on ADD LINK
3. Type in a name for the link under SiteTitle:
4. Copy and paste the link for the site into PAGE URL:
5. Choose a CATEGORY for your link
6. Provide a short description for the site
7. Click on the green checkmark at the bottom to submit your link
The link will be sent to the admin, who will approve/disapprove it.
-POST IN THE FORUM
The discussion forum has a wide variety of categories and topics.
You can post a photo for critiquing, add information on an upcoming event, post an interesting article, 1. Click on DISCUSSION forum in the menu
2. Click on the category you wish to post in
3. Click on NEW TOPIC to start a new post, or click on the post you want to reply to and type in your reply in the bottom.
I am currently in the process of putting all the content online, hoping for a launch by January of the major courses. I will be sending out an announcement when they are up and running!
No. Each course has it minimum requirements, which can be found under each course info page. In general, for most courses you need to have a basic film or digital SLR or SLR style digital point and shoot. Now, that's not say having other lenses and accessories won't be a benefit, but they are not necessary to have right away. I can pretty much guarantee however you will WANT more equipment after the first night! :)
Some courses may require more equipment. For example, the advanced flash course do require a dedicated flash other than the pop-up on the camera.
The gallery has a built in voting system with the following values:
1st place-10 pts
2nd place-5 pts
3rd place-3 pts
4th place-1 pt
At the end of the voting period, the photograph with the most point totals for that month's contest is the winner.
Obviously getting many votes for 1st place is good, but there have been times when people have not received a single 1st place vote but many 2nd place votes and won the month.