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Choose Your Own Adventure

Kyle McDougall | December 14, 2016

The World Wide Web was created only a short time ago back in 1990. Since that time, to say a lot has changed would be an understatement. I can still remember sitting at my desk listening to the dial-up modem squawk as it tried multiple times to connect to a server. Like with any advancement in time, new technology and platforms are created that are both embraced and criticized.

More recently, social media has without a doubt been the biggest game changer in recent times when it comes to both the way we do business and the way we interact each other. Love it or hate it, it brings with it a lot of opportunities. Never before have we been able to reach an audience so quickly and easily (although you could argue it’s becoming more difficult) and because of that, the ways that we create, share, and socialize are constantly changing.

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When The Well Runs Dry
Overcoming Creative Dry Spells

Kyle McDougall | December 1, 2016

Creativity, passion, drive—these are all things that over time I’ve come to realize can never run constantly at a hundred percent. As photographers, we live creative lives with the next image always on our minds, constantly striving to take our work to the next level.

Both consciously and sub-consciously we analyze light, texture, shape, and form throughout our daily travels. We become obsessed with golden light, to the point of becoming extremely disappointed with ourselves if we miss the perfect sunset. We get soaked in rainstorms, just about near freeze ourselves in the winter, and get devoured by mosquitoes in the summer, all to get the perfect shot. It’s only inevitable that eventually we all hit a wall where picking up a camera all of a sudden becomes a struggle.

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Freeing Your Creative Mind

Kyle McDougall | October 6, 2016

There is a good chance that we all became interested in landscape photography for similar reasons. I know for myself, the bold, dramatic images that I saw online and in books were what first caught my attention. Contrasty saturated pictures that jump off the page do a good job of giving people a quick dose of visual satisfaction. When I started shooting, it was only natural that those images, or what I refer to as the “award winners”, were what I tried to emulate.

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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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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 Importance Of Embracing Your Own Creative Interests

Kyle McDougall | July 30, 2016

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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Discovery

Greg Russell | July 14, 2016

I was born on a cold January day along the banks of the White River in northwestern Colorado. After leaving the small town I was born in, the White meanders into northeastern Utah, paralleling the Yampa to eventually join the Green River, which itself is eventually consumed by the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park. For millions of years, the Colorado has herded her children—the rivers of the West—carving her way across the sandstone heart of the Colorado Plateau and Southwestern United States before finally working its way toward the Gulf of Mexico. In the same way that the Colorado River binds the Western United States together, the people who live here are joined by a common thread, despite superficial political and ideological differences.

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