Posts tagged Photography
Show and Tell - Hidden Curriculum & Rethinking Childhood

As a photographer, and as a parent, it’s sometimes difficult to form an opinion on what to do with technology and raising our kids. On one hand their generation will have an entirely different relationship to mine, but on the other hand do we know enough of the potential cost? Here’s a look at a bit of my recent introspective struggle in a course I’ve been taking.

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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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How I Became A Professional Photographer

Ever since I was just a kid, I only wanted to be one of two things: 1. A Full-Time Firefighter, or 2. A History teacher.  My life however, took a very strange path that jumped from carpentry, to personal training, to managing a record store, to graduating school for business, and finally joining the military. I obviously missed the mark a bit.  Here's how I wound up finding, and falling in love with, photography.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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