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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The Value of Thankfulness

I think it's important to say, "Thank you."  Here goes!

I love being a military photographer.  There's nothing I could ever imagine suiting me more than doing what I do in the position that I'm in.  I've been blessed beyond measure to have had the opportunities that I've had, and I want to take a moment to say that it's not lost on me.

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7 Tips on How to Photograph Children

They're the easiest subjects to take photos of when you've got a connection with them, but they can also be the hardest to manage to get a great photo of.  Here are a few tips and techniques to both manage your approach, manage your results, and manage your mini muse.

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How Photography Changed My Views on the Military

I have been an active full-time member of the Canadian Armed Forces Regular Force since 2007. Throughout my career I've been fortunate to be exposed to many aspects of our organization that others may not see.  I love my job, and am proud to serve, but I haven't always viewed the military in the same light and it took me some time to come to the place I'm at now.  This is my story.

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Little Glimpses from Low Angles

I'm asked often about which photographers inspire my style and work, so this one is about the most inspirational photographer for my own photography growth.  He's a developing photographer, and an avid enthusiast who teaches me more than he'll ever know by reminding me about what I lost track of on my road to where I am today.

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Compression and Composition

Lenses are one of the biggest influences on determining how a final image is going to look.  Sometimes it's hard to decide which lens to use, so this week's post is a short one on how compression affects an image, and how it should be a factor in deciding your lens choices in the composition of a photo.

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A Couple of Great Questions

This week I was approached by a colleague about my business, as he himself is looking at starting his own.  There are dozens of approaches to the business of booking clients, and also subsequently how much of their lives to post online.  This week's blog post talks about how I handle these matters, and why I've made the decisions I have.

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How to Choose Your First DSLR

Buying a DSLR can be a particularly daunting decision for anyone who has never used one before.  The features can be foreign to many beginners, and the costs can quickly add up when you factor in all of the accessories you may need.  This week's post walks you through how to make the decision as to what to choose, and gives some tips to save you some money when you're buying your first DSLR.

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Photography and Growth

Photography is a perishable skill, meaning that given time if you don't keep practicing your skills will fade away.  Certainly some of us can maintain consistency and practice, but most of us eventually fall into creative ruts.  We simply learn a handful of tricks and get comfortable.  Here's a post intended help you break that cycle, and challenge you to grow as a photographer.

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3 Golden Rules of Composition

A number of weeks back I taught a course on the fundamentals of photography and DSLR.  During the class I covered the subject of composition and specifically detailed the rule of thirds as one of the strongest techniques by which to draw attention to a subject.  Here are a couple of other options to help your photography pop...

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The Basics of DSLR and Photography

So you own a camera… what now?  If you have a DSLR, or a camera with manual control options it can be very easy to find yourself overwhelmed by buttons you don’t understand.  This post is more of a reference guide, and less of a blog post;  it's intended to introduce the tools, tricks and terminology without too much of the science behind it so that you can start understanding your own camera better.

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How To Take Great Photos

Today's post is for people who are looking at taking better photos. You may know how to use your camera, but sometimes you find yourself having an issue really making your images stand out.  This post is directed towards the average Joe or Jane, intended to set you on your way with a few ideas and approaches that the pros use to make their images pop.

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How Your Camera Kills Your Creativity

Your camera is a jerk.  Seriously, if your camera was a person it would be incredibly smart and capable. It would follow your lead, support you, and give you instant reliable feedback no matter how you treated it. Here's the thing though: your camera would mislead and outright lie to you every chance it gets.  But it's not your camera's fault, it was born that way.  Here's how you adapt and overcome.

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Shooting Winter Engagement Photos

Shooting on completely overcast days can be absolutely brutal.  Sure your subjects won't be squinting, but they'll have no contrast in shadows and look flat.  With engagement photos you don't want flat and boring, you want punch and contrast!  This week's blog post walks through one method of overcoming the overcast, and getting great shots through those gray clouds.

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Why Photojournalists Choose to Become Wedding Photographers

I've been serving as a military photographer for almost a decade, and my service has taken me all over Europe and Asia in a photojournalistic role.  To say it's a passion would be an understatement, I'm convinced that it's the best job on the planet.  So why then are so many professional photojournalists like myself moving into wedding photography? In this week's post I tell you why I love it so much.

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Do You Need a Macro Lens for Wedding Photography?

When it comes to wedding photography we've seen a considerable shift in recent years towards focusing on every little detail that went into the wedding itself.  Think about it, do you remember seeing 30+ photos of shoes, center pieces, place settings, custom napkins, and dresses hanging from windows at your parents' wedding?  Probably not.  This week we explore the demand for macro lenses in wedding photography.

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