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Working Remotely / On The Road

Sometimes you need a change of scenery to get the creative and productive juices flowing. Here’s tips and tools to help create and pack your road-ready mobile office and be prepared for anything.

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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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Coolest Photographic Movie Posters

The marriage of the worlds of still photography and motion video can be an interesting thing to see. So similar, yet the differences are what you notice. No better case for this can be seen than in trying to make a creative photographic movie poster. Something that must boil down the movie into it’s core elements and grab and hold …

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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 …

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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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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. …