An Edmonton Production Company

An Edmonton Production Company

Welcome to Ramona Czakert Franson's portfolio site. Rolu Media Inc. is her production company based in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

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Graduate internship program expands possibilities for students, employers

June 22, 2017

This is a story and photo about the Graduate Student Internship Program at the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. I enjoy promoting this program because I see it has such great benefits for these brilliant students, who need opportunities to shine.  Thanks to UAlberta news!

UAlberta winner to compete for Canada’s 3 Minute Thesis national award

May 17, 2017

Here’s a story and photo about UAlberta’s 2017 3MT Winner. Congrats to Autumn and thanks to UAlberta news!

Sustainable developments

October 26, 2016

Here’s my latest story with photos, about a Sustainability Scholar for UAlberta’s Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

What am I up to lately? I am really enjoying public relations and communications strategizing, and I knew I would.  Even as a creative in tv, I was always acutely aware that I was designing, which to me meant solving a problem and supporting business goals in my work. But interviewing Scott and Jasmine reminded me how much I miss interviewing people, even though I have done it many, many times, for me it never gets old. I would like to do more stories.

The Edmonton Insight Community

August 23, 2015

I took this photograph and wrote an article for the City of Edmonton’s Edmonton Insight Community. It was published on the Transforming Edmonton blog.

Profiles – Portrait Photography

October 30, 2014

Profiles Postcard print-01I love it when I find a new skill. It turns out that all those years of interviewing and directing people to feel comfortable on camera for television is a transferable skill for portrait photography! This was a fun project for my MacEwan University business class. I loved helping people by giving them a professional corporate photo (and sometimes a fun photo too) and biography for their LinkedIn profile or website at a really great price. I decided to make them all high key, one set up (with a little tweaking) and that’s how this little business model could offer a low price for such high quality photos.

Thank you to Studio Bloom for donating the space for our Profiles pop-up photo studio! As part of ENACTUS’ Mission Possible program, we donated 100% of the profits to the Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton. And thank you, happy customers!

Rob Allison 1 6x4
Jennifer Villeneuve 1 6x4

Studio Bloom – Photography: Floral Beauty and the Nifty Fifty

September 8, 2014

SB lg bouquet web

This past week I had the pleasure to photograph the most beautiful wedding flowers for Studio Bloom’s upcoming website
and portfolio. I used my “nifty fifty” – a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens  – and as you can see, this is a great little lens that lets you play with depth of field and exposure to get some gorgeous results.  These arrangements have a vintage feel but some really unique plants and flowers. Thanks for the gig and adding beauty to the world Studio Bloom! Here are a few more photos to enjoy:

SB boutineers web
SB glitter vase with buds webSB gold square vase web

ONPA Architects – Photography: How to Create an Interior Design Motion Blur Photo

May 15, 2014

ONPA Office - NW Blur

Lately, we are seeing the blurred person in interior design photography more and more. And for good reason, a person shows scale and creates interest but if you want the focus to be on the interior design, a person in focus can take that attention away. Solution: a blurred person! I don’t know who to credit for it, but I think it looks really cool so for a recent photo shoot of ONPA Architects’ new office, I gave it a try. I used a Canon 5D Mark III and the 24-105mmm lens at it’s widest. Now a motion blur is all about shutter speed so I will start there. Here are my settings:
Shutter speed: 1/4
I started at 1/25 but I thought the person wasn’t blurry enough, I really wanted the foot in motion blur.
Aperture: F11.
For this shoot I ranged from F11-F16 depending on how much I wanted to keep in focus. I liked the foreground plant.
ISO: 400.
Keep in mind if you slow down the shutter speed it is letting in more light so you do need to decrease the ISO. This was an interior so for exteriors you might also need an ND filter.
Also, in case you are new to photography, if you slow down the shutter speed you must use sticks! A tripod or a stable surface is essential or the whole photo will be blurred. You might even want to try the timer to reduce the camera shake.
Here are a few more shots of their new office renovation. The coloured glass doors and bookshelves are really great. They also have a beautiful light-filled atrium space, I like the skylight reflected in the TV.


ONPA Office - Kitchen Island

ONPA Office - Atrium

ONPA Office - TV

Arizona Photographs

March 28, 2014

Cactus

I went to Arizona with my running group and there are cacti forests there. We climbed this rock to see this view. It’s an amazing place. I remembered how much I like to take photographs.

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