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It’s About More Than Just The Image

Kyle McDougall | September 24, 2016

What is it that you really want from photography? That’s a question that I believe we don’t ask ourselves often enough.

Without having a conscious understanding of what brings you satisfaction, it can be easy to let your journey trend in directions that really don’t matter that much. Over the years I’ve tried my best to consistently stop and reflect on where I’m at with my craft and what things are bringing me enjoyment. I believe developing this habit can have a big impact on your consistency and enjoyment and is something that all photographers should try and take the time to do.

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The Creative Journey
David Kingham

Kyle McDougall | September 16, 2016

For this week’s edition of The Creative Journey, I’m excited to be featuring David Kingham. I came across David’s work last year and was impressed by not only his images but also the story of his nomadic lifestyle. He is very open and honest about his life on the road, including the challenges he faces and growth he has experienced along the way . Make sure you check out David’s websiteFacebook page, and travel blog to keep up to date with his work! I want to thank David once again for taking the time to share his story.

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Are You Aimlessly Chasing Achievements?

Kyle McDougall | September 10, 2016

I recently stumbled across a post titled “The #FOMO Epidemic” by a blogger named Eugene Phoa. “FOMO” is an abbreviation for the “Fear Of Missing Out” and according to Eugene “has become so rampant in recent times that it was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013.”

The definition of FOMO is as follows: Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.

Eugene goes on to talk about how a lot of us are so easily affected by what others are doing that it can leave us chasing dreams or goals that we might not necessarily want. While reading through Eugene’s article, I was constantly drawing connections to similar thoughts that both myself and other artists I know of have experienced in the past.

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The Creative Journey
Alister Benn

Kyle McDougall | September 2, 2016

For this week’s edition of The Creative Journey, I’m excited to be featuring Alister Benn. I’ve known Alister for a number of years now and he’s always been someone whose approach towards his craft has both impressed and motivated me. Take one look at his work and you can tell that he is an artist who is confident in his direction. Make sure you check out Alister’s website and Facebook page to keep up to date with his work! I want to say a huge thanks to Alister for taking the time to share his story.

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The Creative Journey
Mark Metternich

Kyle McDougall | August 19, 2016

For this week’s edition of The Creative Journey, I’m excited to be featuring Mark Metternich. Mark is a full-time professional photographer based out of the Western United States. His work showcases incredible moments in nature that are captured with an immense amount of skill and creativity. I’ve been following Mark’s work for a number of years now and have always been impressed by his willingness to help teach others and his creative drive. Make sure you check out Mark’s website and Facebook page to keep up to date with his travels and images! I want to say a huge thanks to Mark for taking the time to share his story. 

 

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3 Mindset Shifts That Will Help You Become A Better Photographer

Kyle McDougall | August 11, 2016

When it comes to photography, I really do believe that we’re all our own worst critics. We tend to make things more complicated than they should be and not take action often enough. Because of this, it can be easy to get stuck and lose direction, leaving us questioning the choices we make and restricting our ability to create meaningful work.

I’m a big believer in the importance of feeding the mind the good stuff on a daily basis with the goal of living a better life and making forward progress. So with that being said, I wanted to share with you three mindset shifts that I’ve found have had a large impact on me and helped me grow as an artist.

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The Creative Journey
Paul Zizka

Kyle McDougall | August 5, 2016

This week I’m very excited to showcase Paul Zizka as our featured photographer. Paul is a professional mountain landscape and adventure photographer based out of Banff, Alberta. His work is widely known and showcases amazing and unique moments in nature, including dramatic night sky work. I’ve always been motivated and impressed by Paul’s incredible work ethic and humble attitude. I want to thank Paul for his time and effort taking part in this interview. Make sure to visit his website and Facebook page to view more of his amazing work!

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The Importance Of Embracing Your Own Creative Interests

Kyle McDougall | July 30, 2016

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Clarity and confidence.

I really do believe that those are the two most important things that photographers lack early in their careers. The absence of those traits is what leads to the creation of bodies of work that don’t have a cohesive style and photographers that display a lack of direction in their decisions made.

Discovering both clarity and confidence comes only after you have a solid understanding of what your creative interests are; and figuring out what truly interests you is something that’s shaped over time, through practice, patience, and constant curiosity. And even with that, you can expect your focus to change as you grow and discover new things about yourself and your art. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why having a clear understanding of your creative interests is so important.

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The Creative Journey
Erin Babnik

Kyle McDougall | July 21, 2016

For this week’s instalment of “The Creative Journey”, I’m excited to feature Erin Babnik. Erin is a full-time landscape photographer with home bases in both California and Slovenia. I’ve always been drawn to the connection, passion, and depth Erin displays in her images and writing. On top of her impressive imagery, she also teaches photography workshops and is a member of the Photo Cascadia team. Make sure you visit Erin’s website and Facebook page to view more of her work!

 

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The Creative Journey
Ethan Meleg

Kyle McDougall | July 7, 2016

For this week’s edition of The Creative Journey, I’m excited to feature fellow Ontarian Ethan Meleg. Ethan is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes, wildlife, and outdoor recreation. His sense of humour and passion for his craft are wildly evident when following his journey. I’ve been a big fan of Ethan’s work for a number of years and can say that it has definitely helped fuel my passion for exploring my home province. Make sure you check out Ethan’s website and Facebook page to keep up to date with his travels and images! I want to say a huge thanks to Ethan for taking the time to share his story. 

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