Guest Post By Stacy Pearsall From early on in my shooting career, I was told to always have a personal project that I was passionate about. My mentor encouraged me to stay inspired outside of my day-to-day journalism work. So I did. I started by doing a yearlong story about a three-year-old boy going through […]

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With 2010 just around the bend, it’s time to start thinking about a New Year’s Resolution. What a perfect time to start a photography project! I am going to start a project – I will share more about that later – but for now, I want to encourage you to start one, and don’t think […]

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In the latest Batman movie, there’s a line by the Joker – “I don’t have a plan – I’m just like a dog that spends all day chasing cars.” Man this hit me right between the eyes. It describes the difference between how I shot as a rank amateur and how I shoot as a […]

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abstract of a large leaf with raindrops
50mm. f/1.4, 1/320, ISO 200.

Guest Post by Lisa Bettany

Fall is slowly fading away. The days are short, wet & cold, and the sky is one shade of monotonous grey. I don’t know about you, but I feel like completely hibernating.

Here are five photography projects to keep you inspired during the cold, soggy, rainy days:

1. Put your rubber boots on and grab some dewy macros.
Now is the perfect time to get raindrop covered plant life shots for your portfolio. The light is nice and soft on cloudy days, so you’ll get even light on your subject. Don’t be afraid of getting up close and trying multiple angles. Keep shooting until you find the best angle that makes those raindrops sparkle.

You’ll want to shoot with your aperture wide open, so you can keep your ISO low and get loads of delicious bokeh. Bring your tripod along just in case you need some steadying. And wear some rubber boots, because you’ll probably be crouching in a huge puddle o’ mud the entire time!

2. Wait for that perfect moody winter sunset.

W. 4th Ave, Kitsilano, Vancouver
18mm, f/5.6, 1/15, ISO 400.

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