Posts tagged Ottawa
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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The Basics of Using Speedlights

Here's a post for the people who own a Speedlight but have no clue how to use it.  This is the post I wish I had when I first got into using flash.  Instead I was the idiot who spent two years using TTL or straight-up guessing.  Don't be like I was.  Read this post.  It's way better than reading the manual, and it covers probably 90% of what you need to know to understand your flash!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why You Should Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer

Let's get straight to the point: weddings can be expensive.  I remember the anxiety I felt at every dollar spent at my wedding, and even as a photographer it was REALLY hard for me to come to terms with spending more on photography than I had to.  Man, do I regret that in retrospect.  This week we address why people should invest in hiring a pro wedding photographer instead of cousin Becky.

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Why I Switched from Canon to Nikon

As a first post I've decided to dive right into the middle of an ugly fight: Canon vs. Nikon.  This being a biased blog, I have start by saying that I'm first and foremost a photographer, not a videographer.  That being said, I do video almost as often, which is a field where Canon really shines in its DSLR's.  This week's blog is on why I still chose Nikon.

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