The Joy of Photography – When You Capture Great Photos Without Knowing It

If you have ever shot film, you know it – the feeling you get when you sit down with that stack of prints that just came back from the lab.

The nervous anticipation: Is there anything good in here?

The initial disappointment:  Flipping through the first bunch of mediocre prints….meh, meh, ohhh…nope…meh…

Then you see it – its like getting a new bike for your birthday when you’re 10: The killer shot!  Yesssss!!!

If you began your career with digital, you still know it – the feeling you got when you didn’t really know what you were doing and just when you were about to give up: Bang – there is a fantastic photo staring back at you from your screen.

I have noticed recently that I don’t get that surprise of a completely unexpected great photo very often any more, or the joy that comes with it.

I mean, I have a pretty good idea how any photo I take is going to look before I take it.  Sure, I still produce a massive amount of duds compared to keepers, but it is rare that I capture something completely unexpected.

So, I though I’d share the stories behind a few of my favorite accidental photos.

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White Water Kayaking Photos – Surprisingly More Difficult Than You Might Think

I can’t believe that its late August and summer is almost over.  It seems that every year I have a list of summer time photo sessions that I never get around to.

One thing I have had on my list for a while now is white water kayaking photos.

There is a world class white water course just down the road from one of the cottages we spend time at every summer, yet somehow I never end up with enough time to get out and photograph the kayakers.

Well, this summer I finally made time for it – and as it turns out, white water kayaking photos are surprisingly much more difficult than you might think!

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In this article, I will share the thought process, camera settings and post production behind this series white water kayaking photos.

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Beautiful Natural Light Photography Camera Techniques You Can’t Do With An iPhone

I recently spent a long weekend with friends at their cottage up north (“up north” is Canadian for not in the city and not in the USA).

Of course, I spent a portion of my time with my camera (or more accurately cameras – because who goes away with just one…), and the inevitable question was asked by my friends:

Why bother carrying that huge camera around – couldn’t you just use your mobile phone?

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In this article, I will explain two beautiful natural light photography techniques that you can’t do with an iPhone.

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The Complete Black and White Conversion Lightroom Tutorial

In a world of over-saturated color, candyfloss HDR and fake vintage film apps, its easy to forget about the simple allure of black and white photography.

Its also easy to forget that Lightroom has a fantastic set of black and white conversion tools built right in.

In this Lightroom tutorial, I will take you through my Lightroom black and white conversion workflow step by step.

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Florida – The Worst Place In The World To Take Good Photos?

After coming back from a family vacation to Florida and downloading all of the images from the trip, I have come to the conclusion that Florida just might be the worst place in the world to take good photos.

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If you’re not sure where I’m going with this, I think this photo pretty much sums up the photographic opportunities Florida has to offer.

Read on and let me explain!

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Why It Sucks To Be A Mid-Level Wedding Photographer

Most photographers have been there at some point in their career – wedding photography.

Some of us move on to other things, like commercial photography.  Some actually enjoy wedding photography and make a career out of it.

But too many photographers are lured into wedding photography under the illusion of quick money, only to get stuck in the evil clutches of the mid-level wedding photography market forever (or until they give up and find a real job).

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Lets be honest here.  Wedding photography can be fun with the right clients  – but it is always a colossal amount of hard work.

And life as a mid-level wedding photographer sucks.

In this article I am going to share the wedding photography business plan that is followed by the overwhelming majority of wedding photographers on the planet – and why it is not a sustainable way to make a living.

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Smartphones Won’t Kill GoPro – But Licensing Ripoffs, Boring Video and Bad Videographers Will

You may have heard the controversy around the recent Barrons article GoPro’s Thrill-Filled IPO Adventure May End Badly, by Alexander Eule that caused GoPro’s stock to take big hit in response.

It even sparked a rebuttal by Gizmodo: No, Smartphones Aren’t Going To Kill GoPro by Michael Hession.

Well, you’ve heard it here first – smartphones aren’t going to kill GoPro – but licensing ripoffs and boring, stylized GoPro content created and shared by bad videograpers will.

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Keep reading and I’ll explain.

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Top 10 Talents Photographers Don’t Know They Have

Sometimes the phone rings and someone asks you to go photograph a floor.  Sometimes they will even agree to pay you a pretty decent chunk of change to go do it.

No models, no makeup, no wardrobe, no lighting – just a floor.

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My first reaction is usually something like “I’m not a floor photographer.”

But then I remember that people who own big buildings with floors often have money, and I figure income is better than no income, so I agree to go photograph a floor.

Which brings me to the question: Why would anyone go out of their way to find a floor photographer and pay them a healthy sum of money to go out and take what I consider to be natural light snapshots of a floor?

The answer is that as photographers, we have developed some considerable talents that many of us take for granted on a regular basis.
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How To Become A Wedding Photographer In 10 Easy Steps – Photographers Hate This

Starting a career as a wedding photographer is EASY – all you have to do is follow these 10 EASY STEPS TO BECOME A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER!

If you have ever wanted to start a fun, glamorous and profitable ($$$$!!!) career as a wedding photographer, I will share the secret to success that professional wedding photographers don’t want you to know.

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The best part is that you don’t even need to know how to use a camera – or even have a camera to get started!

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