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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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Sunday Share – Tips on reading from Ryan Holiday

For this week’s Sunday Share we thought we would point to some great advice on reading from Ryan Holiday (his website here: Ryan Holiday – Meditations on Strategy and Life). For those who aren’t familiar, Ryan is a media strategist and prominent writer. He served as director of marketing at American Apparel when he was ridiculously young. He is also the author of …

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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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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. …