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

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Studio Bloom – Photography: Floral Beauty and the Nifty Fifty

September 8, 2014

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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:

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Visual Storytelling: Tips from Photographer Laura Cook

August 6, 2014

This post has really good tips with beautiful examples and rich links for further information. I think I might be signing up for the MIT Documentary Photography free online course this afternoon. Thank you Laura.

The Daily Post

There’s a difference between photography and visual storytelling. You can easily take a photograph, but not all photographs tell rich stories.

You’ve heard the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” many times, right? As a photographer, I believe this is true when we dedicate ourselves to seeking out images that really tell a story.

We often take images that are part of a set or portfolio, but it’s also important to seek out pictures that can stand alone — that invite you in and make you feel like part of one particular story. Our camera is a tool we use to tell that story, to capture not only a moment in time but also something bigger.

Laura Cook is a humanitarian and travel photographer who spends most of her year in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She loves meeting new people, and through her work, strives to highlight human dignity amid life’s struggles.

Laura blogs at The…

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“Sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.”

July 10, 2014

The Daily Post

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.

I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”

– Ray…

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What’s an inspirational blog without a TED talk? This one really hit home for me. Larry Smith blasts our excuses to not following our passions. Now, perhaps in part because I felt like one of those excuses growing up, I know I don’t have an excuse, other than fear, of course. I now have two very good reasons to follow my passion. In fact, since my children have come along, I have had an increasingly overwhelming need to show them what following your passion looks like. It’s why I started a company named after them.

Now I know, destiny is a scary word. Finding the highest expression of your talent sounds daunting, doesn’t it? But I have a theory I am in the process of proving.  I think if you start taking even the smallest steps, it gets easier, and your destiny, if you keep going, will find you.

Our Excuses For Not Following Our Passions

July 7, 2014

More Money for Filmmakers: A Massive List of Grants

This really is a massive list I just had to share. You never know, there might be a grant just made for you, most are US-based but there are international ones too. Brought to you by the nofilmschool blog – thanks!

June 9, 2014

I just loved working with Rosella Mandau to create her website and print materials for her flower shop Studio Bloom on 124 Street, Edmonton. There were so many beautiful flowers and gifts to photograph in her shop, it really was a pleasure!

May 15, 2014

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

Is Your Garden Cut Out for Matisse Inspiration?

May 9, 2014

It is time for us to re-design our veggie/back garden! When we moved in years ago we made five lovely little beds with landscape ties and little paths of landscape fabric and mulch. But the earth has taking it back and we now want to add a new shed as well.

I found a great inspiration idea on another one of my favourites sites. In this ideabook the author proposes you take inspiration for garden design from Matisse’s cut out art. Check out the link here:

I could totally see myself replicating Matisse’s The Snail with concrete sidewalk pavers and beds.

What a fabulous idea! And don’t limit it to Matisse, imagine looking out onto your garden and seeing your favourite work of art! I am thinking of one of my favourite pieces Rodin’s The Thinker and creating a garden bed in it’s shape.

The ideabook also recommends immersing yourself in Matisse’s wonderful cutouts at the Tate Modern or MoMA exhibitions on now.  I certainly would love to! But alas, travel to London and New York won’t be part of my summer plans and if I lived in either of those places I wouldn’t likely have a back garden. 🙂

The Periodic Table of Storytelling

April 16, 2014

Put on your writer’s cap! (I actually have one.) This is really cool! And not just for visual-learning analytical writers or those with healthy pop culture obsessions.

Created by artist James Harris, The Periodic Table of Storytelling is designed just like the tabular arrangement of the chemical elements, except instead of being organized in groups of alkali metals and noble gases, you’ve got plot devices and archetypes. Harris included everything, like the different villain and hero archetypes, character modifiers, story structure, and setting/laws/plots. Every story element square is clickable and takes you to its wiki page on TV Tropes, which explains the trope in detail.

And if that’s not enough, Harris includes 10 “simple story molecules” that can be formed when you combine certain story elements. Read a full post at

I know I am going to spend hours on this site. It’s really cool!

Studio Bloom – Logo

April 15, 2014

I just created this new logo for Studio Bloom! A new flower shop opening May 10 on 124 Street Edmonton. You can follow them on facebook.facebook word

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