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The Importance of Photographer’s Rapport and The #1 Best Way to Get It!

In case you missed it earlier this week we did a post on our experience photographing Colin Hackett for LEAP Magazine (Alberta Cancer Foundation). We also said we'd be posting photos of Lisa, another person we photographed (the photos are lower down the page), but we also wanted to talk about getting people, who may be a bit more uncomfortable ...
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The Wooding Group Edmonton, Corporate Headshots

Creating personality-driven imagery that represents the people behind a business is something that Cooper + O'Hara Photography believes separates good marketing/branding from bad. When Thomas and I were contacted by The Met Agency to re-do the portraits for The Wooding Group that's exactly what we set out to do - create compelling portraits that were professional, but also authentic and approachable. ...
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Cooper + O’Hara Demo Editorial Photography at NAIT

A couple weeks ago we were invited to the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) to do a lecture and demo for the Photography program. Specifically we were asked to talk about Editorial photography. We were incredibly excited to teach and share some of our knowledge.   In addition to lecturing about what opportunities exist in the world of editorial …

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Building a Photo Dream World with One Bedsheet

Last week Thomas and I went to our Alma Mater, NAIT’s photographic technology program, to talk about what it’s like in the real world once you’ve graduated, and to also do a demo.   The one thing that we tried to really touch on in our talk was that when you’re no longer required to do assignments for classes and you’re …

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Photography Freebie – Production Book Template

We just finished up a full-day shoot yesterday that was involving a large number of both interior photography, detail shots, and both individual and group portraits. With all that going on we wanted to be as prepared and organized as possible, as should you! We were turned onto the idea of a “production book” along time ago by one of …

Photographer’s Christmas Wishlist

Usually we prescribe to the idea that a photograph of an interesting moment or expression with good composition is far better than one taken with better gear. Well, you can say “gear is good, vision is better” till the cows come home, but sometimes you just can’t stop daydreaming about that new gadget or lens. Photography gear can be expensive …

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Building Your Own Light Modifiers

Cooper & O’Hara are going into manufacturing! Using only the latest in cardboard and tinfoil technology the R&D team at Cooper & O’Hara have developed the “Jumbo” Mini Softbox! Okay, so not really, but we did build these DIY mini softboxes for a reason (not to sell them). The mini strip boxes provided the optimum shape of light to rim …

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Lightning, Landscapes, and VSCO Film 04

In case you didn’t know, VSCO (Visual Supply Co) creates a product that installs presets within Adobe Lightroom that emulate traditional photography film emulsions. They aren’t just average presets either. They use camera profiles to get better results. They just released a new film pack (number 04), which is based off of slide or transparency films… and it’s absolutely incredible. …

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Taste of Photography Tutorial – Battista’s Calzones

Another Taste of Photography tutorial! In case you don’t know. Taste of Photography is an ongoing tutorial series where we go through and explain the process of creating various photos. You can get the PDF tutorial for free for the next two weeks! (Until July 18th) The unique twist to these tutorials is that the process is explained in the …

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Drift Food Truck – Everything Edmonton

As part of our Everything Edmonton project we recently photographed Nevin, chef and co-owner of Drift food truck. If you aren’t from Edmonton, or don’t know about Drift, let me tell you, these guys make some of the best sandwiches you can get just about anywhere. With an ever-changing menu inspired by international cuisine, and an emphasis on local producers, …