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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
Sarah Marino & Ron Coscorrosa

Kyle McDougall | June 23, 2016

For this week’s installment of “The Creative Journey” I’m excited to feature Sarah Marino and Ron Coscorrosa. Sarah and Ron are landscape photographers from the Western United States who spend a significant portion of the year traveling and photographing across the country in their airstream trailer. Their images and approach showcase a very thoughtful and intimate connection with the landscape and an awareness of their own personal interests. They run the website “Nature Photo Guides” where you can find their e-books, blog posts and portfolios. Make sure you visit their website, or check out their FB pages (Ron, Sarah) to view more of their work!

 

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The Power Of Why

Kyle McDougall | June 20, 2016

Why do you create photographs?

That seems like such a simple question, but in all reality, is tougher to answer than you would think. It’s also a question that all too often gets lost in the noise that comes when any creative pursuit starts to be taken more seriously. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seem to realize that having a clear understanding of why you do something is instrumental for both progress and fulfillment.

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The Creative Journey
Guy Tal

Kyle McDougall | June 17, 2016

This week I’m very excited to announce that our featured photographer is Guy Tal. Guy is both an artist and an author based out of the American West whose work provides an incredibly thoughtful and intimate look into his experiences in the wilderness. His work is a constant source of inspiration and challenges me to always be thoughtful when it comes to my choices and approach.  I want to thank Guy for his time and effort taking part in this interview. Make sure to visit his website and blog to view more of his work and writing!

 

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Helping Each Other Grow
The Launch Of A New Movement

Kyle McDougall | June 16, 2016

We all have ideas, dreams, goals. Things that we think about day in and day out that we constantly promise ourselves we’re going to get around to pursuing. In my case (and most likely yours), a number of those ideas and goals are centred around outdoor photography. It’s a passion, that for many, influences a number of actions throughout life, and oftentimes can play a large part in shaping a person’s identity.

Like many other hobbies or passions, what typically starts out as a curiosity with photography, quickly erupts into many other things that were never expected.

A lot of these things are good: relationships, self-discovery, travel, purpose, and growth to name a few. Unfortunately, every passion also comes with a sometimes overwhelming side order of negativity or wasted focus that can stunt growth and even end up influencing people to give up on their dreams completely.

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