The Complete Picture

The information web-blog for Steven Draper Photography

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Show off your Best Angle!

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Hi everyone.

I feel that I’m somewhat behind with news here at my The Complete Picture site but that’s because I’ve been really busy with taking my project PolePics live. 

If you’ve ever wondered how birds see the world then this project is from you! Lots of information is arriving over on the dedicated polepics website. More importantly, especially in these tough economic times, if you want to use images to drive business to your business then this service is for you!

On Site


Millennium Point

Millennium Point, Prince Edward County


Tonnes of exciting news coming up so please check back soon.



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2009-04-30 at 11:38 am

What is a pole*pics

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Hi everyone.

Last weekend we opened the doors to our pole*pics website and we’ve had a lot of hits! While we let Luksa finish off manufacturing North America’s most advanced pole camera system, we’ve been busy at the pole*pics studios. In order to perfect our computer controlled camera capture and work flow, we’ve created the pole*pics simulator – I told you this project is fun!

Check out the full story on the website, but for the time being here is a real image from a simulated pole*pics assignment!

All the best, Steven


‘the complete picture’


Steven Draper is an award winning ”freestyle photographic artist” based in Prince Edward County, Ontario Canada. His high quality images cover a range of subject matter but are conceived and created ” from the heart.” Steven is also the Founder and CEO of Polepics, ‘Photography head and shoulders above the rest.’ All material on this web-site is subject to copyright and is not permitted to be reused or re-distributed without the prior written permission of Steven Draper, his heirs or executors.

Studio Tour 2009

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I’m very pleased to announce today that Steven Draper Photography has been accepted onto the prestigious Prince Edward County Studio Tour 2009. To be accepted requires not only a studio to meet strict criteria regarding public visits but a Jury to assess a current portfolio of work. The standard has to be among the very best in order to gain acceptance.

So I’m very excited! This event brings thousands of art loving couples, individuals and art collectors to Prince Edward County during the three day event which takes place in mid September, although many studios are open throughout the year. (check 09 tour guide on publication for details) It provides an opportunity to experience a huge amount of behind the scenes information about artists work, the equipment, and techniques etc.  

I’ll be publishing further details here in due course, but if you are in Ontario during 2009 and enjoy meeting the people behind the words and pictures of blogs then please drop us a line and I’d love to have you visit.

To get a flavour of the quality of the ‘PEC arts tour’ please take a look at the 2008 Tour Guide.


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2008-12-1 at 10:39 pm

An Award for Natural Support

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I’ve recived two exciting emails over the past couple of days. Firstly both of my pieces were selected for the Art in the County Show, which is something I’m pretty proud of. 

This excitement developed further yesterday when I was told that I had won an award for Natural Support. Wow wee! I’m not sure what award I have won – I’ll have to see if the web site gets updated to provide more information, but needless to say I am very pleased to have a piece recognized at the show.



The example entered is matted and framed by myself, the image area being approx. 151/2″ x 101/2. This is an example of what is under the matt of one of my signature edition prints.


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2008-06-21 at 6:40 am

Critical Event

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The past week has been very busy, and the outcome wasn’t just improvements to the organization of my hard drives, or the disorganization of my blog by playing with different themes and losing all my widget info!

Critical Event is the name given to my event photography work, and it will now reside with its own galleries and info blog – “criticalevent”. This will just make it easier to navigate around each zone, I mean if you are looking at event photo’s do you care about arty fine art prints that cost several times as much?



“Thanks Dad”

One thing I don’t subscribe to is that a “lower” standard of work should be acceptable just because you are not always in control of every aspect of a shot, and any workflows needs to be carried out promptly. Yes some moments do have to be grabbed very quickly and people don’t want to be standing around while you make several camera adjustments, or attempt some more creative angles. So a use a puff of fill flash, set f8 and keep an eye on your shutter speed and ISO – Oh, watch for those highlight blow-outs that wreck images! I still shoot Raw, you just never know when you might need all the data!

I think, if you are photographing other people at an event, then as a photographer you have a responsibility to ensure that the images you present respect the moments that you capture. So I still have a quality over quantity approach, even if that does mean dumping the million dollar winning smile because you’ve managed to capture, in the soft focus of the background, a view down some mum’s top as she bends down to adjust her point and shoot. 


Outside Event work isn’t all about smile, grins or gritty expressions either, my over-riding photographic philosophy applies – stand still, look around and with the benefit of a quality telephoto you can reach into magical moments, and capture them forever.

So have a look at these shots, take a peak at my latest gallery let me know what you think.

Take Care


Let’s all go to the Beach…

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Hello Everyone.


“Grand Designs at Sandbanks!”

18months ago I bought a tripod, it’s one of the most critical photography purchases I’ve made. And at about $1500 for the base, ball head, clamp, and attachments, it needed to be right. I could take the family on holiday for this, or add another useful lens to my camera bag!!!

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