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How to Shoot Cherry Blossoms

By on Mar 15, 2017 in Getting the Shot, Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

  This is one of my favourite times of the year. I know it sounds strange and I should really be talking about “grinding out photos” [insert macho voice] of nightclubs or showing the gritty side of photography by shooting a plate of spaghetti or a stop sign in black and white. This is a time of year that I really do enjoy getting and and just shooting nature. There is a sense of renewal this time of year and I love it. The hardest thing is to try and capture this period of renewal to show other people the beauty. The blossoms are tricky things to shoot because to our eyes everything is beautiful and evenly lit. However, once you click the shutter everything can change. The reason is that often your camera will expose the image differently depending on how it is metering for the light. Blossoms sometimes trick your camera’s meter because they simply scatter the...

Persistence: Playing the Long Game

By on Mar 10, 2017 in Photography, Theory Thursday | 3 comments

We live in an age where people want instant results. Gone are the darkroom days where you had to wait until your film was properly exposed. Now, we have more gigabytes of data on our memory cards than some people do on their computers. However, that does not always mean that we will all be great photographers overnight simply because we have the ability to create a consistent stream of content. What it means is that we have the ability to consistently improve, if we so choose. That is the catch. We must want to learn and must play the long game in order to get the rewards. Last week we talked about “Fauxtographers” and what we can learn from them. This week we look into how you as a photographer need to play the long game rather than look for cheap ways to get more followers. While getting a lot of followers may look great, having a strong following that is supportive is...

Introduction to Cityscapes

By on Mar 7, 2017 in Getting the Shot, Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

In my last post I showed you how to make the best out of the Blue Hour and I mentioned how cityscapes. In this post, we are going to step a little further into one of my favourite subjects to shoot, cityscapes. The reason that I love cityscapes so much is the fact that you get to see all the shapes, lines, lights and movement of a manufactured landscape. From below or above, this intrigues me. I think partly because I grew up in a small city in the middle of Canada and I grew old in South Korea, which is quite the contrast. Look at the World Around You You don’t have to be in a place like Seoul or Hong Kong to take great cityscapes. It is all about finding the right angle and telling the story. Many new photographers think that they have to get onto a rooftop to make a proper cityscape. While that might help in changing your perspective, it is not the be all and end all of...

What You Can Learn From a Fauxtographer

By on Mar 2, 2017 in Photography, Theory Thursday | 5 comments

These days everyone’s a photographer. Companies and potential clients are checking out your social reach on instagram more than they are checking out your site or blog. This has given rise to “fauxtographers” These are people who love the image of being an artist but are not so interested in the actual nuts and bolts of being a photographer. A person who tries to jump on the photography band-wagon by “Pointing-and-shooting” hundreds of terrible pictures, which they will upload to myspace [or Instagram ~ JT] in an album titled “My Photography”, “My Art”, or “Critique My work”. Always followed up by the person adding “Photography” to their General section, or adding “Photography is my life…” to their About Me. Bulletin posted at 5;34 by Jake: “Guys check out my photography”...

Making the Best of Blue Hour

By on Feb 28, 2017 in Getting the Shot, Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 3 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...

New Tutorial: Lightroom Basics

By on Feb 5, 2017 in Photography, Tutorials | 0 comments I have just released my latest tutorial on the basics of lightroom! This course is designed for beginners who are struggling to come to grips with Adobe’s Lightroom.  Have you just downloaded Lightroom and are not sure where to go, then this course will help you get there. What I tried to envision when I created this tutorial was to teach exactly what a beginner needed to know to get the best start with lightroom. Instead of rambling on about what each slider or module does, I cut right to the chase. I get you uploading and editing your photos in the fastest and easiest way possible. As a teacher, I have gone over this tutorial course to make sure that it is the correct first step needed to get you on your way to dramatically improving your images. Too many courses try to explain everything to a new learner. My...

Why Does Your Photo Suddenly Change in Lightroom?

By on Jan 28, 2017 in Photography, Tutorials | 0 comments

We’ve all been there. You’ve got some great photos on your card, they looked great in your camera. They were so bright and vibrant and you could wait to get them into Lightroom to give them a bit of a tweak. As you imported them they were looking great and then all of a sudden…. blah. What the heck happened? Chances are that you are shooting in RAW, like most people these days. That first glimpse that you saw in lightroom and/or the image that you saw on your camera is what the camera adjusted your image to look like. However, when you import it into lightroom everything basically gets “zeroed” because the RAW image still needs to be rendered. The preview that you see is the profile that lightroom think your image should look like.  Typically, this preview is a no frills basic/ close-to-how-the-scene-actually-looked type profile. So there maybe a slight...

DIY Food Photography in Your Home

By on Jan 20, 2017 in Photography, Tutorials | 0 comments

With the rise of Instagram many people are more interested in taking photos of the amazing food creations that they make at home. However, as a primarily landscape photographer, this is not as simple as just holding the camera up and taking a quick shot before you dig in. In this lesson, I will take you through the steps that I took to achieve a stunning image and cinemagraph in my home in just a few minutes. The set up What you are looking for is a spot in your house with lots of light. This way you won’t have to invest too much into expensive strobes or lighting.  You will have to find something to reflect the light back onto your subject matter. For this, I went to the stationery store and got some large white pieces of poster board and some clips. These acted as reflectors to bounce the light onto the front of the pancakes. Before cooking anything, I got my composition where...

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