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The Sajin Newsletter

By on Jan 12, 2016 in Photography | 0 comments

I just want to let everyone know that I am now putting together a monthly newsletter called “The Sajin Newsletter” which will be about my photography and include  numerous other bits of information that I find throughout the month. This is a great way to keep up to date with my photography but also to learn more about the photography world. Photographers such as myself are constantly scanning photography websites to learn more about our craft. However, if you are just getting into photography, this world may seem a little bit overwhelming at first.  However, with this monthly newsletter I will be pointing you in the direction of some helpful articles and information that can help you improve your photography. You may have noticed a new pop-up that wants your email address, fear not! That is just me hoping that you sign up to receive the newsletter. This new option will also...

Vendors of Jangsangpo

By on Jan 6, 2016 in Korea, Photography | 0 comments

HDR Masterclass: Serge Ramelli tells his secrets

By on Jan 5, 2016 in Reviews | 0 comments

I have read a lot of books and I have tried to utilize the information that I found. However, some books either explained to much and we’re just boring and others didn’t explain enough and lost me. The HDR masterclass felt just about right. The book flows much in the same way as Serge’s popular YouTube videos do. Allowing you to following along easily and also understand what each step or slider does. Even as a veteran HDR shooter, I learned a few things from this book. For me, I found the book well laid out and very simple to read. It was not as flashy as other books and that allowed me to focus on the content a little more. Keep in mind that I was primarily reading this on my iPad and that could also have been a factor as I feel that iBooks does tend to cut out a lot of distractions in some ways. Serge covers a lot of ground in this ebook and leaves no stone...

I Lost my Best Friend, Mentor and Teacher

By on Dec 29, 2015 in Photography | 4 comments

I woke up this morning with the buzz and dings from my various devices going off. My blurry eyes focussed on the sentence “I am sorry to have to tell you this but Dave passed away this morning….” I scrambled to turn on the computer as if checking my email would somehow make things different. Sadly, as my brain reread the messages and the new ones that followed, it was becoming clear. I just lost my best friend. If you are wondering why I am writing such a personal post on what should be a photography blog about photography in and around Korea, well Dave was the reason that I came to Korea and even started into photography. He taught me so much in the first few years and was responsible for my first major accomplishment in the field. I would not be the man I am today if it were not for him. Rather than getting too personal, I want to share with you some of the things...

Ulsan Grand Park Lights 2015

By on Dec 12, 2015 in Photography | 2 comments

Itaewon Reborn

By on Nov 15, 2015 in Korea | 0 comments

I must admit that I never really liked Itaewon until now. It just seemed like too wild of a place. I think that it stems from a night where I tried to find a hostel there and found myself walking up Hooker Hill. I was then promptly grabbed by a large Russian prostitute and almost dragged into a seedy bar. Her Schwarzenegger-like accent demanded me to “have a good time” but I broke free and ran like hell. However, recently the whole area is gentrifying with mixed emotions from the community. Like most places in Seoul, there is a weird cycle that has started to happen. First, they get popular because of the independent shops and restaurants, the place becomes trendy so rent goes up, so the independent shops move out, generic businesses owned by large companies move in and soon it resembles every other place in the city. This is on the forecast for Itaewon but at the moment it...

To Canada and Back Again: A Photographer’s Story pt 4

By on Nov 1, 2015 in Photography | 0 comments

As I finished my studies at St.FX, I was starting to get a little too comfortable and secretly wishing that my wife was on her way over to Canada to join me. The trip home had influenced me in many ways. It was the first time since 2008 that I had spent a considerable amount of time back in Canada. I realized that I needed to touch base more back home as I felt that I was growing apart from friends and family. This is the hardest part about living abroad for an extended period of time. Life does not stop for you and it hard to hit the ground running after being away for so long. As I made my way back to Brandon, I stopped off in Halifax to meet an old friend from university. This is where it hit me that good friends are the ones that you don’t see for over a decade and you can still connect. It was a great time and I totally forgot to take any shots of the city of Halifax. I was...

The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2015

By on Oct 4, 2015 in Korea, Photography | 0 comments

The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk is always my favorite time of the year. It is an event that gets photographers from all over the world to come together for a day a photography and for a really good cause. In my mind, this is one of the best events and not simply because I lead one every year. I say that it is the best because they are not only making the lives of children better but also making a great experience all around. Too often these events take a marketing-style approach to a photowalk. They offer little in return but expect you to market the crap out of their brand or site. However, each year that I lead a photowalk for the Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, the whole package just gets better and better. Despite the fact that pretty much anyone can apply to lead a walk, I still feel privileged to so. This year however, was the smallest turn out that I ever had but that still...

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