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Live Your Goals – Article

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About a month ago I was approached by a good friend who wanted to write an article about my life as a photographer. I honestly never really thought too much about the reasons why I became one, I knew that I loved taking pictures at a young age and things just kept naturally evolving from there.

The more we got to talking however, the more it became clear that what seemed like a simple hobby to me was in fact so much more, and reading the final article really helped bring to light a part of myself that I took for granted throughout the years.

You can read Sarah’s article by clicking on the link below. I also highly recommend checking out more of her great posts at http://liveyourgoals.ca.

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Wandering Through – Speed Edit

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Here’s a video for those of you who want to take a quick look into my editing process. The amount of editing that I invest into each one of my photos varies. This one photo in particular took about 4 hours and I was quite happy with the end result. I plan on posting more of these speed edits so I hope you enjoy!

Destination Report: Onaping Falls

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The cool thing about Onaping Falls is that it’s only about a 10 minute drive from where I live. There are a few lookout points that provide great views of the falls and there’s also this small hiking trail that gets you up close to the action.

Thing is, it’s a tourist attraction, which means that it’s easy for photographers to take pictures that virtually every other visitor already took – which is fine, but it’s those types of shots that I tend to avoid.

As an artist, I believe that it’s important to constantly seek out and explore new perspectives and ways of looking at the world. It’s easy to jump on the bandwagon and see what everyone else sees… it’s when you jump off that wagon and start exploring that you realize there’s so much more to everything than what’s imminently apparent.

Exploring landscapes (and life in general) with this sort of philosophy helps me structure everything into an experience that feels unique and personal, and the beauty of photography is that it allows us to capture and share those experiences in expressive ways.


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How to take great photos – Connect with your subjects

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In the first part of this series, I want you to forget about the brand or model of camera you own and all of the fancy post-processing techniques you may or may not know about, we’ll get into all of that fun stuff in future posts. In truth, virtually nobody cares about what camera was used to take a picture or the software used to process it.

A great photo isn’t about the tools involved in creating it, but the relationship between the photographer and the subject(s) in the photo. Whether you’re looking at a picture of a mountain, a bowl of apples, a wooden chair, a family, a friend or a lover; good photography gives those who observe your pictures a chance to see things from a different and unique perspective, your perspective.

The next time you’re getting your camera ready for a shot, before pressing your shutter button, take a moment to pause and seriously consider how you feel about what you see through the lens. Keep in mind that how you feel about your photo will often times reflect itself, at least to some degree, to others who look at it. Often times, the slightest change of angle or timing is all it takes to bring your photo to the next level.

Understanding this very basic principle is the first step towards improving your shots, regardless of how good your equipment is. It’s really just a matter of creating a connection with the subject(s) in your frame and positioning yourself to capture the awesomeness of their natural expression. Look for those moments, hold on to those moments, and I promise that you will see great improvement in even the simplest pictures you take.


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The HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo posted above was shot over 10 years ago using a cheap 2MP Sony Cybershot.
This is one of the first photos that truly fuelled my passion and love of photography.