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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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Awareness While In The Wilderness

Kyle McDougall | October 25, 2016

The process versus the experience—it’s a constant battle that many of us photographers face on a daily basis. If I had to pick a clear winner, I would say that often it’s easiest for the process to come out on top, leaving the experience overshadowed and neglected.

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Conquering The Clutter
Tips For Creating Strong Images In The Forest

Kyle McDougall | October 17, 2016

Now that we’re well into the autumn season, I felt it would be appropriate to talk about creating images in the forest during my favourite time of year. Walking into the woods with a camera can be an intimidating endeavor. The best word to sum up what lies in front a photographer’s eyes is “clutter”.

Forest scenes stand on their own in regards to difficulty and execution. There’s often so much going on that it can be challenging to both find a subject and arrange all of the elements surrounding it into a pleasing composition. You really have to dig deep before elements start to reveal themselves. It would be an understatement to say that patience and practice are key!

In this post, we’re going to take a look at a number of techniques and conditions that will help you create stronger images in the forest.

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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
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 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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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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Three Ways You Can Refine Your
Photography Workflow

Kyle McDougall | June 30, 2016

I’m a big believer that the best way to grow as a photographer is through refinement. Regardless of how strongly you believe that a new camera or plug-in is your ticket to success, the truth, is that creating with direction, focus and a well thought out workflow will have the largest impact on your images.

It’s been said that practice makes perfect. Well, in my opinion, perfect doesn’t exist.  Every time I’m out practicing, I’m refining. I look at refinement as a way of narrowing down the immense amount of options that are available at every location and gaining a better understanding of what really moves me a photographer.

With that being said, there are definitely specific approaches that can be taken while out creating to help ensure maximum growth and understanding with your photography. In this article I’ve listed three ways you can refine your approach to photography.

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