Speaker: Jamie Johnson

Speaker: Jamie Johnson

January 14, 2020, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM




I used to love taking photographs, now I love creating them.

I have taken photos since 1979, with lots of film burned on sports, nature and family. My first digital camera was an Apple Quicktake in 1993, and though 16 photos at 640x480 was not great, it was the start. A 3 megapixel Canon S20 in 2000 started a whole new world of photos, and a Canon Digital Rebel in 2004 resulted in thousands of photos, hours and dollars as photography became a passion.

Lots of learning through the RA Photo Club, podcasts, books and magazines have helped me develop both my technical skills and my artistic interests. A key influence on me has been David Duchemin, whose philosophy of "gear is good, vision is better" acted as a guide to change the way that I think about photography.

My comfort zone started with nature, sports and air shows, with lots of time invested in those areas. Over the past few of years an exploration of street and studio photography has extended my comfort zones.

The original name for my site was itsAllAboutTheImpact.com since that is what I was striving for. Over time, I realized that no matter how good the content of the image, without good lighting, there was no impact. So, a change in the domain name to itsAllAboutTheLight.ca was done. 

The impact of light defines my philosophy of photography, it is all about  the light. Quantity, quality, direction and colour can all be used by the photographer to tell a story and create emotion.

As a way to share my passion for photography, I started up a small business named PortfoliosInAWeek.com to take photographers to interesting places I love. To date the tours have been to Iceland, but tours to Argentina, Ireland, Israel and Germany are in different stages of planning.

When I am not an amateur [Latin amātor lover, equivalent to amā- (stem of amāre to love)] photographer I am a husband, parent, business owner at RKIL and active member of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa.