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.

Why Smartphone Photography Stinks

why smartphone photography stinks

First – to be clear – I’m talking about the process of using a smartphone camera for photography – not the pics, pix, snaps, shots or whatever it is smartphone togs, shooters or iphoneograperhers call photographs captured with a mobile phone camera.

(Does anyone else really really hate the term “tog” or is it just me?)

Anyway, also for disclosure – yes, I am almost middle aged and I clearly don’t understand modern photography and will be left behind by the new wave of mobile phone photographers because I refuse to adapt.

Right, now that that’s out of the way – here’s why smartphone photography stinks…

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Natural Light Photography In a Parking Garage

natural light photography in a parking garage JPDanko blurmedia

This past weekend I had the extreme pleasure* of attending my daughter’s second (she and I agree last) dance recital.

In what can only be described as a three and a half hour long gong show featuring 56 acts – non stop – it was still an important accomplishment for her, so of course it was up to me to at least snap a few obligatory family photos.

It turned into to interesting lesson on natural light photography and photographing kids that I thought I’d share.
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Top 3 Landscape Photography Techniques To Learn

3 landscape photography styles to learn

Once you have acquired a core understanding of the importance of light and atmosphere in landscape photography (click here for our Top 3 Landscape Photography Tips), there are actually quite a few advanced landscape photography techniques to learn that can help you to progress from good landscape photography to great landscape photography.

In this article, I am going to share what I consider the top three landscape photography techniques to learn.

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Adobe Slaps Creative Professionals In the Face – Launches Re-Branded Microstock Content Leach

Adobe-Stock Fail

Back when Adobe acquired Fotolia I think most creative professionals were really excited to see what Adobe had in mind for the stock industry.

I mean, a player as big as Adobe had the power to totally re-imagine the sale of stock photography, video and illustration for the benefit of their corporate bottom line and their loyal customer base (after all, creative professionals are the reason Adobe exists in the first place).

But, with todays update to Adobe Creative Cloud, instead we get Adobe Stock – in my opinion, nothing more than a re-branded microstock blood sucking content leach and a slap in the face to creative professionals everywhere.

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DIY Hyperlapse Cable Cam Cart for Use With Syrp Genie

syrp genie, diy, cable cam, hyperlapse cart

One of the most versatile and useful products on the market today for time lapse and live action video motion control is the Syrp Genie (Amazon | B&H).

To me, the biggest capability of the Genie that separates it from other time lapse and live action motion control devices is its ability to run long distance cable cam shots – there is no other device on the market that can do this.

But, in order to run a cable cam sequence – you first need a cable cam cart.

In this article, I will share the details of my DIY hyperlapse cable cam cart that I built for use with the Syrp Genie.

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Three Easy Tips For Recording Way Better Audio

three easy tips for recording way better audio

As I have been filming more and more video I have been really struggling with ways to improve the audio quality of my footage.

It seemed that no matter what I did, or what gear I was using, I always ended up with a massive amount of noise in my audio.

This led to more and more expensive gear purchases – without much benefit.  But, as with most things in photography that seem easy but aren’t – the problem was largely with my technique – not my gear.

Fortunately, I recently had the opportunity to hang out with a bunch of musicians for an afternoon and got some really killer tips for recording better audio.

So to help you avoid the same mistakes that I have been making, here are three easy tips for recording way better audio with your video.

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Instagram Hub Feature Photo = Copyright Grab? #Instascam

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I recently decided to finally get on the Instagram bandwagon (shameless plug: follow me @jpdanko) and I came across what apparently is the widespread practice of “hub” users taking other user’s images and reposting them to their own feed as a “feature” photo (please forgive my wide eyed innocence…).

At a glance, this practice essentially seems to be a barefaced copyright grab – even if it does technically comply with Instagram’s Community Guidelines.

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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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