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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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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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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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Making Your Photo Workflow Work For You

Workflow is roughly described as a routine that helps you stay organized and work more productively. Here we compiled a infographic on Cooper & O’Hara’s workflow,and we also give some tips on how to make your own workflow. Our is a unique combination of Capture One Pro, Lightroom, and Photoshop, plus a specific file structure, so you should get a …

Introducing…The Recipe Book

Have you ever seen a picture and thought, ” I would love to be able to create that look with my camera”?  Have you ever tried to cook a dinner and thought, “I could never do this without a recipe”?  Then you have come to the right place!  Starting today Cooper and O’Hara will be releasing recipes every Thursday for …

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Assisting Commercial Photographers – What To Bring

I’m down in Calgary over the weekend, and some of next week assisting a top notch commercial photographer in the city. I was hoping to finish editing this cool promo shoot of Thomas and I, but my laptop is dirt old, and the file is mega huge, so it was getting to be cumbersome. Look forward to that, but for right now, …

“Steal” Like an Artist – Advertising Photography Composite

I recently did an interesting and fun photo shoot with a friend Mark, who went all out and did anything and everything we needed for the shoot, including: wearing skin tight leggings, donning an itchy hat that was awfully constricting, and getting flashed in the eyes with a super-snooted flash that looked like a cannon aimed at his face. After …