About me  

Welcome to Vivid Aspect Photography! My name is Royce Howland, and I'm your host. I'm a photographer and photographic print-maker based in Calgary, Alberta, working professionally since 2008. I work with a variety of subjects and styles, but my specialty is fine art photography of cultural landscapes: scenes of people and human culture, and our interactions with the land and natural world. I love to explore my home territory, from the Canadian Rockies and southern Alberta badlands to the wide open prairies. I also enjoy travel in other parts of the world with a particular love of Iceland and the American Southwest.

I was born in Oklahoma in the 1960's and have been growing up since that time -- slowly, I'm told. My family moved through a succession of places across three countries and two continents, arriving in the small town of Camrose, Alberta by the time I was 15 years old. I felt very much at home under the plains, sun and big skies of Alberta; I've made it my base ever since. Currently I live in Calgary with my best friend and wife, Deb.

After receiving my B.Sc. Honors degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, I began a career in the information technology industry that spanned some 30 years. In the 1990's I moved mainly to consulting work, which opened up travel opportunities. I developed a new appreciation for interesting places in western North America and also rediscovered the natural world, an interest I had largely sidelined since childhood days. In 2008, I embarked on a second career in photography. Finally in 2015 I decided to "retire" from my first career in IT, and have been pursuing photography and fine art photographic print-making in a full-time professional capacity since then.

In addition to my personal photography work, I contribute photographs and articles to publications on the web and in print. Some of my publication credits include the Calgary Herald newspaper, and the magazines Outdoor Photography Canada, Photo Life, Audubon's American Birds, and Birder's World. My images have been used by several conservation organizations, and I have been interviewed by CBC television and other news organizations on various nature and photography stories.

I lead or co-lead several photography tours or workshops each year, and also do photography-related presentations. I've helped many photographers deal with issues around the digital image development workflow and digital color management, to increase the quality and consistency of their image production for screen and print.

As part of the team at Calgary's Resolve Photo, I make prints for a wide range of clients. We work with anyone for whom the print matters: from casual photographers wanting prints of a family occasion, to enthusiasts looking for large prints of their own work, to commercial photographers and visual artists seeking professional grade prints to sell to their own customers, to galleries and museums needing the highest standard of exhibition-quality prints.

About my work  

I have a development-oriented approach to photography which often involves significant “digital darkroom” work. This also includes multi-frame techniques such as panoramic image stitching, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and depth-of-field stacking. I view photography as an end-to-end creative process in which the artist takes deliberate control of making the final image. I make use of creative controls at every level -- in the camera, in the digital darkroom, and in choices for print-making.

While I enjoy and respect many other styles, whether overtly documentary or artistic, I do not view my work as primarily about “getting it right in the camera.” The camera is not “right”; it is just a tool, and I have many tools. The advent of digital image capture and processing has opened up a new realm of creative potential for photography -- an extension of the art rather than a replacement of it. The aim of my style is to remain true to the essence of the original scene, but also to creatively interpret the scene, subject and light to create a personal expression of what I saw, felt and experienced.

My photographs are available commercially for digital licensing, and also as prints. Details on these offerings are available through this web site. Or feel free to contact me directly with any enquiries.

Code of Conduct  

As an accredited member of the Professional Photographers of Canada, I am bound to the association's code of professional conduct, which all members are required to uphold. You can read the full statement at the PPOC Code of Ethics page. At the time of writing this, the code currently requires the following:

  1. I will endeavor to maintain a dignity of manner in my behavior, in the presentation of my photography and photographic services, in my appearance and that of my studio or place of business, and in all other forms of public contact.

  2. I will observe the highest standard of honesty in all transactions, avoiding the use of false, inaccurate and misleading terms, descriptions and claims.

  3. I will at all times endeavor to produce photographs equal or superior to the samples I display, apply my best efforts towards providing the best possible photographic services and assist in raising the general standard of photographic craftsmanship.

  4. I will show a friendly spirit of co-operation to my fellow Professional Photographers and assist them whenever possible should they be in trouble or difficulty.

  5. I will at all times avoid the use of unfair competitive practices as determined by any court or competent jurisdiction, Federal antitrust or related statutes.

  6. I will assist my fellow photographers, share my knowledge with them and encourage them individually and collectively to achieve and maintain the highest standards of quality.

  7. I will use a contract which is based on fair, honest, professional business practice, and which clearly outlines the rights of both the photographer and the client in all transactions.

  8. I will respect the privacy of my clients, and all subjects I photograph, and all rights that they have in the photographs I create of them, and will use the appropriate model or property releases to help protect those rights.

  9. I will recognize the authority of this Association in all matters relating to the interpretation of the Code in accordance with the provincial statutes of Canada and the various provinces and the decisions of courts and governmental agencies of competent jurisdiction.

Also, as a member of the League of Landscape Photographers, I strive to follow a code of conduct with respect to my craft, and my interactions with the land and people. In particular:
  1. I will inform myself about all rules and regulations relating to photography when visiting a natural area or public attraction.

  2. I will not knowingly photograph on private property without permission even if the property appears abandoned.

  3. I will stay on designated paths and trails. If there is no trail, I will follow the principles of Leave No Trace.

  4. I will help to protect the environment by picking up trash I find when in the field.

  5. I will work to improve my photographic skills by using all my tools when making a composition. I will adjust my position or wait patiently for my desired conditions rather than negatively or destructively interfere with objects or living things within the scene.

  6. I will avoid stopping to photograph if it is likely to start a chain reaction resulting in unsafe behaviour from others in the area; I will find another time or place to continue photographing.

  7. When photographing an identifiable person, I will do so consistent with expectations of lawful and courteous respect for their privacy. When working with individuals, and when otherwise feasible, I will ask permission to make photographs of them.

  8. I will treat models with courtesy, repaying professionals with image licenses, prints and/or fees for their work.

  9. I will not reimburse people where to do so would take advantage of their social or economic position or unduly influence them to pose for my picture.

  10. I will be patient and courteous with non-photographers visiting a scene. I am creative and can adjust my expectations of the images I planned to make. I am open to new ideas as they present themselves to me.

  11. I will remain aware of my position and how it may interfere with the ability of the photographers and non-photographers around me to enjoy a scene.

  12. If someone enters into my scene, I will be courteous and will wait for them to move. If necessary I will adjust my own position.

  13. If I see another photographer carrying out unsafe or unethical behaviour, I will consider talking with them respectfully about the possible effects of their behaviour. If conditions are personally unsafe, or their behaviour is particularly egregious, I will consider documenting the situation and reporting them to the appropriate authorities.

  14. I will be an ambassador of ethical conduct in the industry through my own behaviour, and by sharing and discussing these principles with other photographers and the public.

  15. I will educate myself about the weather, terrain, culture and potential hazards before visiting a new area.

  16. I will be aware of and respect my physical limitations and keep myself out of harm’s way by avoiding situations where my health and safety or the health and safety of others could be put at risk by my actions.

  17. If I am leading a photo group, whether commercially or not, I will ensure that the group members are informed about these ethical concerns, potential hazards and other safety concerns, and that the group size is appropriate given the sensitivity of the place we are visiting.

  18. I will be forthcoming about my photographic development processing and refrain from representing my photographs as something they are not.

These statements are based on the full League Code of Ethics, which you can read for comparison.

Associations  

I am an accredited member of the Professional Photographers of Canada since 2012. I'm also a full juried member of the Alberta Society of Artists since 2013. Beginning in 2017, I'm also a member of the League of Landscape Photographers. I was a co-founder of The IRIS Photographic Society of Alberta (no longer operating), and for many years was a senior member of the editorial team of NatureScapes.Net.

                 

Curriculum vitae  

For a downloadable copy of my current CV in Adobe PDF format, please click this link.

Copyright notice  

Except where explicitly noted otherwise, all images, articles and other contents on this web site are copyright © Royce Howland / Vivid Aspect Photography. All rights reserved. Web site contents are provided for personal and non-commercial use only. Any unauthorized redistribution or reproduction, in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited.

In other words, please don't rip off my stuff. If you'd like to use my images for something, please contact me. Thanks!