Tag Archives: Canadian photographer

interview with dana lauder

Huge congratulations to December’s CMpro of the Month, the incredibly talented Dana Lauder!  Let’s kick this month off with an interview with Dana!
december cmpro of the month | dana lauder
by Marissa Gifford

Hi, Dana! Thank you so much for being with us here today.  I’d love to start off by hearing more about yourself?
Well, I’m 33 years old and I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband, 2 year old son and 2 cats. I’m a chemical engineer by trade, and(…)

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the friendly photographer

by Emily Krbec

*image by Carol Lynn of Freckle Face Photography
The photography world is a fascinating thing to be a part of. Each person is on their own unique journey, exploring the world around them with camera in hand. As exciting and satisfying as this journey can be, it can also be challenging, discouraging, and even lonely at times. I’ve come up with a few suggestions on how each of us can take on the role of “The Friendly Photographer” and(…)

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why use a polarizer

by Jaime Profeta
Polarizing filters are a magical thing! With the advent of digital photography and computerized post-
processing, software is now able to recreate many of the effects that creative filters were used for in the
past. However, polarizers are one of the few types of filters whose effects cannot be recreated in post-
processing. Polarizers change the light coming into the camera and can do some pretty amazing things!

The most common use of polarizing filters is to remove glare from water allowing(…)

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indesign for album design

by Haley Lorraine

I’ve said it before and I will say it again I LOVE designing albums! You can review my ten step album workflow here. InDesign is my favorite album design tool, hands down!

Today I want to touch on one of the best time saving features of InDesign for designing albums – InDesign Libraries.

Libraries allow you to store objects for future use. I have a library filled with each and every album page layout I commonly use. This makes designing(…)

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creating a portfolio

by Jen Bebb
For any visual artist, putting a portfolio of work together can be a daunting task. After all, that portfolio becomes your “message to the world”, if you will and represents the way you, as an artist, wish to be received and seen.
STEP 1: PULLING PORTFOLIO IMAGES
The first step is gathering images you love, images that make you happy, images you are proud of and images you have had a lot of positive feedback about. Choose images that showcase(…)

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hearts | a personal project

Personal projects can be incredibly beneficial to your growth as a photographer.  Whether it be a 365 or a series of self-portraits, it will stretch you beyond your safety zone.  And what could be more fun than seeing what personal projects the CMpros are up to?  In this new series, we’ll feature a different CMpro and follow along as they show off some of their images and share about their unique project.  To start us off, we have Carol Swaitkewich(…)

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winter landscapes

by Jaime Profeta
Much of the northern hemisphere is still blanketed by a layer of snow. Despite the fact that I too grumble about the cold weather and look at my summer photos dreaming longingly of warmer days, winter truly is a beautiful time! I decided to take a day to go out and shoot the landscape around me and use it as an opportunity to share some tips to help you go out and capture some of the wintery vistas(…)

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portraits in the snow

by Carol Swaitkewich
I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada or Winterpeg as we are affectionately called. It snows. A lot. It’s also cold. Like REALLY cold. For 5 months of the year we are surrounded by white and ice. If I wanted to take pictures I needed to learn how to shoot in the cold and snow fast!

The 3 main problems I found shooting in the snow are flat lighting, exposure issues, (blown out or grey looking snow), white balance issues(…)

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thrifting | how to shop for the perfect photography props

by Emily Krbec
When I’m in need of a new prop the first place I head to is my local thrift store. Not only is it easy on the wallet, thrift store shopping is also extremely satisfying. It can be really fun hunting for gems, searching for pre-loved items that can be re-purposed into fabulous props! It requires you to get a little creative and a little crafty too. Shopping at thrift stores will offer you some really unique items that you’ll be(…)

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a day in the life | carol swaitkewich

There’s no doubt that our CMpros are busy.  They have families to care for, jobs to maintain, many have businesses to look after, and they all know how to take stunning photographs.  Have you ever wondered what a day looks like for one of the CMpros?  How do they manage their time?  When do they get it all done?  You loved Sara’s A Day In The Life post so much that we decided to make it a regular new series(…)

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simple high key lighting tips

I know you’ve seen them, those beautiful images with the perfectly blown out backgrounds.  Have you asked yourself, “how do I get that look?”  Well today is your lucky day!  Guest blogging for us today is Marie of Memories by Marie and she’s going to share with us a few tips on high key photography using both studio and natural lighting.
simple high key lighting tips
by Marie of Memories by Marie
I get asked a lot about my lighting sets ups, specifically(…)

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