The Beaches of Normandy and Dieppe

I was sent to France two weeks ago to support a number of events, namely the events surrounding the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, and a series of interments of recently identified WWI Canadian remains.  While I’ve been to France before, and walked through the graves of Canadian soldiers, it never quite sunk-in in the same way.  Here's a post about that trip.

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Quality Matters

Hard work can be really unappealing sometimes.  It's a hard reality that I have to call myself out on at many points when I'm tempted to be lazy, to cut corners, to not put in the work and put out the product that I'm capable of.  Today's post talks about the merits of hard work, what professionalism should mean, and the message you send to everyone when you put out sub-standard products.

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What's In My Deployment Camera Bag

Everyone's always asking, "What's in your bag?" when it comes to weddings, but from time to time I get asked how it's different when I'm deploying with the Canadian Armed Forces.  My answer is usually, "As much value in as little space as I can."  Well as it turns out I'm flying out for a short bit in a couple of weeks, so let's talk about what I've got packed!

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Why Photography Insurance Should Matter to You

When you're starting out as a photographer insurance seems like one of the least glamorous ways to spend what little money you may have, but it's probably one of the most important investments you can make.  Here are a few things to think about before you dismiss the idea at an early stage.

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The Best Single Piece of Advice I Can Give You as a Photographer

If there's one question I hear most often it would be something like this, “I don't have much free time, nor money for better equipment, but I want to take better photos.  Is there something easy I can do?”  There are so many ways I could answer that question, but here's the one that in my experience works best.

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My Top 10 Photography Mistakes

Sometimes it's fun to go through some of the worst things you've done.  Take that photo of me for instance.  I don't care what anyone says, that sweater is pure class.  It really brought out the best in my braces.  Anyways, the following list is comprised of poor decisions that I've made at some point as a, "professional."  Hopefully you can laugh at how much of an idiot I can be at times.

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21 Tips for Sharpness – How To Hit The Sweet Spot

It’s not often that photographers aim to have an out of focus shot.  Yes it can be done tastefully, particularly in artistic contexts, but by and large we aim for the sharpest shots we can get.  Here are 21 tips to help you nail the focus and get tack sharp shots every time.

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Workflow: The Most Important Investment You Can Make

When it comes to wedding photography there are thousands of ways to invest your money.  New lenses, camera bodies, bags, flashes, accessories, they're all ways that you can see dramatic changes in your business, yet one that gets overlooked far too often is workflow.  It's hard to put money into something that won't show up in the form of better photos, but today's post explores why that's exactly where you should invest.

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What is Camera Noise?

Camera noise, as wedding photographers it can be the bane of our existence.  There is an argument about the value of noise, the character it adds to a photo, almost a nostalgic throw-back to the days of film grain. Many programs like Lightroom, Photoshop, and Capture One Pro feature filters by which to add noise. But what is it? It's funny how many professional photographers themselves don't know. Today we clear this up and set the record straight.

 

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A Call to Arms: Stand Apart

The world of photography has changed.  Gone are the days where there were only a few options, a select handful of professionals who possess both the skills and the equipment to manage as a professional wedding photographer.  Naturally when we find our niche, most of us draw our lines, we find and try to emulate the photographers that represent the shades of what we want to be ourselves.  Here's a post on the value standing out, and being your own photographer.

 

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Why You Should Think Twice Before Investing in Pro Lighting Gear

I know how it feels to be frozen in your tracks at B&H staring at some Profoto, Wescott, or Dedolight gear, dreaming of a bank account that could afford your wildest dreams.  It's hard to look away, and it will haunt your every waking moment... alright, I'm being melodramatic, but you get my point.  Here's the thing though, there are many instances where (despite how you may desperately try to justify it to yourself) it's not necessary whatsoever.

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Putting in the Work

Photographer Tony Corbell once said, "Quality doesn't come easily.  There are no shortcuts and it often requires great sacrifice."  He's totally right, it is a long road, one I hope to keep walking for years to come.  Today's post discusses the process of becoming a professional, on stepping outside of traditional photography rules, and the hours and years it can take before you truly come into your own.

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How to Shoot Sharp Handheld Photos with Low Shutter Speeds

The reality of life is that there are going to be times where a tripod isn't an option and you have to go handheld.  I know, I know, it's brutal and unfair; you're tired of raising a fist to the sky, cursing the sun for setting.  I totally get it.  So what can you do?   Today's blog post suggests a few techniques you can use to still get the sharpest shots you possibly can.

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Letting the Light Guide You

Light is the most important element in photography. It can make the biggest difference in the quality of the image, and with that it also holds the most influence on the artistic elements when used creatively. Today's post is a short one to keep you inspired to create, and to show you that most situations have an opportunity if you read the light well and experiment.

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Merry Christmas 2016!

Just a little message from us at Bend the Sun to all of you on this Christmas season.  If there's one thing I'm sure I'll come to regret it's that I've spent too much time behind a lens and not enough time taking in the world beyond it.  This one's more about just taking in the special moments in life. 

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How to Start a Wedding Photography Business

Wedding photography is a great industry to be in, but there’s a world of difference between taking photos at a wedding and being a professional wedding photographer.  It can be a long road to becoming established, and a few smart choices can really streamline the process .  Here's a 14-step guide to help direct you towards success in getting your own wedding photography business started.

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10 Tips on Black and White Photography

Black and white photography is just so classic and beautiful if done well.  There's just something so impactful about not just the medium, but sometimes the statement it can imply.  Today's blog post focuses on introducing some techniques and tips that help you to effectively employ the style to convey emotional connection, but most importantly how to do so with a measure of subtlety.

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Tips for Photographers Shooting a Destination Wedding

It's no wonder so many wedding photographers want to cover destination weddings.  Truth told, it's a heck of a complicated ordeal to shoot a destination wedding.  There are so many logistics and steps to prepare involved, and it can be truly overwhelming. So where do you start?  Right here.

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