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Making the Best of Blue Hour

By on Feb 28, 2017 in Getting the Shot, Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

  One of the best times to shoot in my opinion is “Blue Hour” This is the period of time after sunset or just before sunrise where the sky is a brilliant colour of blue. Without going into to too much detail about the proper names or the azimuth of the sun, I want to introduce you to this as it will change how you shoot long exposure/ nighttime photos. Why is Blue Hour So Special? The main reason is the colour and the light. Many photographers know that sunsets and sunrises are great. I have seen many pack up and leave once the sun is gone. Also I have seen many head out too late thinking that night photography is better when the sky is pitch black. However, there is a magic to this hour and it should not be ignored. The reason blue hour is so special is because it is dark which means that water and and car lights will streak and blur. However, it is not too dark so...

The Number 1 Thing That Beginner Landscape Photographers Forget When Shooting

By on Feb 24, 2016 in Getting the Shot, Photography | 2 comments

Landscape photography is often the first stage for a photographer because they usually want to photograph the beauty that they see around them or while they are on vacation. You could say that many of those scenic shots you got while on vacation are in fact “landscape shots” So now what is is the difference between those shots and the ones that are hanging on the walls in galleries or published in books? Normally, titles like this are click-bait for a new ebook or photo-gadget. However, I have nothing to sell just an idea. This is something that I have picked up from mainly reading David DuChemin. In his books, he talks a lot about vision and this is something that got me thinking the other day when someone sent me a message about looking at their photo. When a portrait photographer takes a photo of a person, we instantly know what the subject is. There may be some more...

Photography and the Growth Mindset

By on Jun 9, 2015 in Getting the Shot, Korea | 0 comments

For the past 10 weeks I have been studying the “Principles of Learning” as a part of my masters degree in education. This course was particularly interesting as it talked about a lot of interesting issues on how students learn and how the brain acquires new information. While reading a number of extremely interesting books for this course, Carol Dweck’s “Mindset” book stood out to me. Particularly with regards to photography. In the book, Dweck theorizes that there are 2 mindsets a “fixed mindset” and a ¬†“growth mindset” and that the growth mindset usually leads to greater achievement. When I looked at these two mindsets while focussing on photography, it gave me some useful insight into what may be a sticking point for some people. Certainly for myself it brought up a number of issues. The Fixed Mindset The fixed mindset for a...

Don’t Be THAT Guy

By on Oct 20, 2014 in Getting the Shot, Korea, Photography, Reviews | 0 comments

So the amazing 5 Day Deal is almost over and there is just a few more hours to get in on this deal. Actually by the time that I finish this post there will probably be only an hour left. It finishes at 1 am here in Korea or 12 pm EST for the western world. That means that your time is running to get your hands on one of the most amazing bundles of photography resources that you can buy. Over the last 5 days I have spread the word about the deal for 3 reasons. Number 1 is that this deal helps out 4 charities and so far they have very close to raising $200,000 for them. They just need about 900 more sales to double their goal!! Number 2 is that this is a really great deal and one for so cheap you’d be a fool to pass on it. Well… maybe that is harsh but you know what I mean. Over $2000 worth of resources that will improve your photography for just $89! Come on! Number 3 is...

I Got Published and Look What Happened!!

By on Oct 7, 2014 in Getting the Shot, Photography, Reviews | 2 comments

There have been many examples of photos that have changed the lives of the photographers that have taken them. We all know Nick Ut’s photo of the “Napalm Girl” and how it changed his life. There are many examples of these kinds of life changing photos. However, there are many more people trying trying to catch their big break and hoping that at least one photo will catapult them into stardom. That is why you see people sharing photos to every site imaginable. They (me) pepper facebook and Google Plus ¬†with what they think is award-winning photo. Only to have our friends cheer us on and our mother’s tell us that we should be published in National Geographic. I think that we all have a dream of getting published in that magazine with the yellow border. Some of you may very well have been published there. However, what this post is about is why we should keep...

Zenith Tower Almost

By on Aug 2, 2014 in Getting the Shot, Korea, Photography | 0 comments

Few buildings in Korea sparks so many photographers to descend upon a rooftop like the Zenith Towers in Busan. These are one of the tallest apartment buildings in Korea and are located next to the ocean overlooking haeundae and the Gwangali Bridge. Suffice to say that the roof has a pretty impressive view. Like all good things, it just is too good to last. Due to so many photographers hitting the rooftop there is now enhanced security. By that I mean that the security guys actually watch and do stuff. Being a seasoned rooftopper in Korea, you can usually walk by security with that “I live here” sort of attitude. However, the Zenith guys have been dealing with throngs of photographers for years and thus know how to spot one in a heartbeat. The other night there were 7 of us and we thought that we got lucky. However, once we got through the doors, we were immediately spotted...

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