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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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The Creative Journey
Lizzie Shepherd

Kyle McDougall | November 12, 2016

For this week’s edition of The Creative Journey, I’m excited to be featuring Lizzie Shepherd.  Lizzie is a professional photographer based in North Yorkshire, specializing in landscape, nature and travel photography. I’ve followed Lizzie’s work for a number of years now and have always been impressed by her ability to create strong images out of a wide range of locations, subjects, and weather. Her eye for detail is impressive! Make sure you check out Lizzie’s website and Facebook page to keep up to date with her work! I want to thank Lizzie for taking the time to share her story Continue Reading

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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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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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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

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

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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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