JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada. JP
can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water,
or use a camel as a light stand.

To see more of his work please visit his studio website blurMEDIAphotography, or follow him on Twitter, 500px, Google Plus or YouTube.

JP’s photography is available for licensing at Stocksy United.

Aerial Photography Without A Drone – Hands On Review of the Seaport Digital MegaMast

aerial photography without a drone hands on review of the seaport digital megamast

The single biggest challenge I face as a photographer is finding ways to create images that are noticeably different than everyone else’s.

The vast majority of photographs that have ever been taken (or ever will be) are captured from about 5 feet above the ground – eye height for the average human.

One different perspective that I find particularly interesting is overhead and aerial photography.

There are several (very complicated and expensive) ways to get a camera overhead, but I recently had the opportunity to review a product that makes taking overhead and aerial style photos very easy – and the results are spectacular.

Hit the link to continue reading my hands on review of the Seaport Digital MegaMast. (If you do decide to get one, use code mega10 on checkout to get 10% off during the following week)

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Top 3 Landscape Photography Tips

top 3 landscape photography tips

When I first started with photography, landscape photography was my primary interest.

But, no matter what I did, I couldn’t figure out why my landscape photos didn’t look nearly as amazing as I wanted them to look.

As it turns out, there are three really simple landscape photography tips to learn that will drastically transform your landscape photography – and the best part is they have nothing to do with camera gear, settings or location.

Continue reading for my top 3 landscape photography tips.

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Nikon 24-70 vs Sigma ART 35 & 50 (Also, Why a 24-70 is a Crap Lens Choice – Part 2)

Nikon-24-70-vs-Sigma-ART-35-and-Sigma-ART-50

Everyone loves their 24-70 f2.8.

For most photographers, its often their first major upgrade from the kit lens that came with their camera (it was for me anyway).  For pure speed and versatility – nothing else comes close.  But when it comes to pure image quality and artistic vision…there is such a bigger world out there than what is possible with a 24-70.

So in real world use, how does a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 compare to a Sigma ART 35mm f/1.4 and a Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4?

Well, in this article I am going to compare these three lenses shot for shot.

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How To Add Computer Cabinet Cooling

How-To-Add-Computer-Cabinet-Cooling

Besides your camera, your computer is probably your single most important piece of photography equipment.

Laptops and iMacs are nice, but if you’re relying on a big beefy desktop PC or Mac Pro to take care of the heavy lifting, your computer is probably tucked away in a computer cabinet somewhere under your desk.

Have you ever checked to see how hot your hard working computer is getting in that enclosed space?

If not, I suggest you check – a computer that is always running hot will not perform as well and will have a drastically shorter life span than a computer with adequate ventilation.  There is a big difference between the amount of heat generated by the average office PC running Excel and a creative professional’s PC rendering 4k video.  And although most computer desks come with a computer cabinet that isn’t totally enclosed, the available openings can be clogged with wires or ineffective if pushed up against a wall.

So, in this article I am going to share a few really easy ways to add active computer cabinet cooling with fans.

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In Praise of Photoshopping – Photography Is Easy – Art Is Hard

in praise of photoshopping photography is easy art is hard

As an artist, it makes me really sad when I read the comments from articles like this: “How To Take Magical Family Candids” or this: Alexia Sinclair’s Breathtaking Photo Shoot in a 350-Year-Old Frozen Castle or this: Ordinary People Shot As Superheroes with so many simply whining about the level of Photoshopping involved.

I have been a photographer for a very long time – but only recently have I actually started thinking about my work as art.

And that, I think is the difference…

I am going to go out on a ledge here and say it: If you are one of those people complaining how much Photoshop editing has been used to produce what is otherwise an amazing, gripping visual work of art – you’re not an artist – you’re just a photographer.

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Hands On Datacolor Spyder5 Elite Review

Hands-On-Datacolor-Spyder5-Review

Datacolor was recently kind enough to send us a Spyder5 Elite to review prior to today’s official launch.

I spent the last couple weeks using the Spyder5 Elite to calibrate four of the screens that I use on a regular basis: both IPS and TN displays, my laptop and an HD TV.

Here are the results of our hands on Datacolor Spyder5 Elite review.

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5 Cheap & Indispensable Photography Gear Recommendations

5 cheap and indispensable photography gear recommendations

Over the years we have all accumulated a secret stash of photography gear and photography accessories we’ve sourced from a number of inexpensive internet suppliers.

However, finding legitimate suppliers online can be a bit of a gamble, so this week, I though that I would share 5 of my go to sources for photography gear that are inexpensive and super useful.

I hope you will share some of yours in the comments too!

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Who’s Killing Freelance as a Viable Career in the Creative Industry?

whos killing freelance as a viable career in the creative industry

In my recent article “Who’s Killing the Photography Industry?”, I made the argument that photographers who choose not to charge licensing fees for the commercial use of their work are destroying the viability of photography as a sustainable career.

In the discussion that followed, I was very surprised that many readers viewed licensing as some sort of cash grab at best, with many voicing the sentiment that licensing is a relic that is no longer relevant to the reality of today’s creative industry.

I couldn’t disagree more – so in this article, I am going to expand a little on the value of licensing, and on a wider scale, look at who’s killing freelance as a viable career in the creative industry.

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Studio Binder Aims to Simplify the Chore of Coordinating Talent

Studio Binder

For a recent bridal photography fashion session, I had over thirty emails flying around between myself and my talent just to confirm availability, let everyone know what time to be there, where to go, and what to bring.

And that doesn’t include all the reminder and clarification text messages.

This was a a relatively simple shoot with just me, a model, makeup artist, video guy and location owner involved.

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