Posts tagged Ottawa wedding photography
Keeping It Fun

Photography can be one of the most amazing and fulfilling jobs on the planet.  You get to travel all over, work with incredible people, and capture moments that will last beyond your lifetime.  But the reality of a career in the field can sometimes be really taxing, and even kill the passion.  Here's a short blog post on some of the ways I've found to keep it interesting, challenging, and fun.

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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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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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Photoshop and Lightroom Photo Restoration

There are few things that truly test your mastery of Photoshop more than restoring a damaged photo.  So, if you really want to grow as a photographer, particularly in the area of post-processing, I'd definitely suggest challenging yourself to restore a damaged photo to print quality.  Here's a little post on a project I had recently with the Army.

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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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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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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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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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