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24th birthday thoughts

I think a lot of people that know me think of me as a laid back guy who doesn’t worry or have issues. That’s pretty inaccurate though. Like anyone, I am constantly afraid of failing, doing the wrong thing, messing up, saying the wrong thing or figuring my life out. I thought this year would be a good time to talk, not about the daily stresses we all have, but certain ways I deal with them.

Sunday Share – Martin Prihoda: The Trouble With Being Creative

Happy Sunday everybody!   Here in Edmonton we had a massive snow storm in the second half of this week. The first half was very busy and exciting for us since it was the first time Thomas and I had actually been able to work together in person in over 2 months! We did two creatives on Wednesday and the whole …

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Light Test – Using Gels

  It’s always good to test new techniques and gear whenever you get the chance. A few days ago I had an urge to start playing around with gels for our lights. For those who don’t know, gels are essentially translucent sheets of paper that are toned different colours to give your strobes a different colour temperature. For this shoot …

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The (super)Powers of Still Photography

There has been an argument coming up in the last couple of years about whether photography will still be alive and kicking for much longer. Video will do away with all that, much like it killed the radio star. What with HDDSLRs and people flocking to videography, it is a valid question. Why say it in a single frame when …

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Lifelong Learning

We live in the age of information. Because of that, the importance of “lifelong learning” has gone up greatly. Learning in the age of google, online databases, and the interwebs in general, should be an easier task. Some people for-go traditional education altogether. Self-taught photographers are an excellent example of this. They’re everywhere. Yes, in many ways access to the …

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Fear

    Fear is an emotion induced by a perceived threat, which causes entities to quickly pull far away from it and usually hide. I think fear can be broken down to the simple concept of what keeps you up at night.  Everyone is afraid of something and often we are afraid of more than we let on.  Fear of …

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Adventures in Lighting and Processing Part 2

Bryan and I have found time in our busy schedules to expand on our last blog post and Break down another talented photographer’s style.   This time we tried to emulate the style of Dan Winters.  Dan Winters opened up the world of portraiture and lighting for me. His ability to not only add light, but subtract it when needed …

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The Inspiration Machine that is Google Reader Just Died

We’ve talked before about ideas, inspiration, and the general creative processes we go through to remain recharged and excited about work. With the advent of the internet, the world became a much smaller place, where everyone could share their amazing creativity with everyone else. Because of that, there’s a lot of amazing material out there that everyone can become inspired …

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Browsing the Web

I’ve decided to create a list of a few of my favorite websites.  Take a look at these for inspiration and technical knowledge.   www.phlearn.com – Phlearn is the best place to learn Photoshop.  The best part is most of it is free!   www.Crismanphoto.com/blog – One of the best photography blogs.  It is updated regularly and filled with relevant …