OFFBEAT recently had a chance to sit down with OFFBEAT contributor and Prince Edward Islander Stephen DesRoches to pick his brilliant photographer and web designer brain and learn more about his photo journey. Turns out, he is a fountain of knowledge and as down-to-earth as they come…
What are some tips that you would give to a beginner photographer?
Study but don’t compare. Ask questions but don’t copy. Think about why instead of how. Many will learn so much more simply by doing and practicing and we could all spend a little less time wishing we would have created the image we saw on social media. Find a good resource that teaches the basic principles of how the aperture relates to the shutter speed and then go out and create, and then create some more. Ignore the marketing and advertising promising new equipment will make you better and understand that all you really need is the motivation to actually create. Buy only to solve problems that you have self-identified.
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By Lizzie Gadd
I’ve heard it said among landscape photographers, “Keep walking until you see what you want to see”. Get past the distracting objects. Go further than the norm. Go the extra mile to find that perfect perspective.
The same sort of mindset can be applied to any type of photography. I remember realizing about eight years ago how much of a difference it makes to take that extra step with each shoot. To come up with ideas on how to bump a photo from mediocre to awesomeness.
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By Colleen Gara
My favourite way to photograph wildlife is on foot, whether hiking or snowshoeing, or walking out to a quiet spot in the woods to sit and wait.
But sometimes, circumstances such as the proximity of the animal, type of animal, or weather can prevent me from venturing out too far. This is when my ‘mobile blind’ comes in super handy. A blind is a shelter (usually camouflaged) that is used to observe and photograph wildlife and often I will use my car as a type of blind, allowing me to photograph wildlife both safely and discreetly.
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For over a year we’ve been working on an exciting new program at OFFBEAT: the Business of Photography. What started as a bit of a pipe dream has blossomed into a beautiful resource for all of you, and we’re finally ready to share it!
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By Lizzy Gadd
When I look at my work now, I admit I do feel very fortunate to have somehow fallen into this niche of ethereal self-portraiture/landscape mixtures that, I humbly also admit, I am kind of proud of.
It was a long process getting there. I don’t really know how it happened. But the moment I found it, it felt right. It’s what speaks to me, being able to express myself, and my love of nature, together. And so I’ve been doing exactly that for nine years now, and it still feels right.
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By Wayne Simpson
I remember when I first started out using lighting in portraiture – it was nerve-wracking! I recall things going wrong and I would just keep trying things blindly until something worked. Many times, I had no idea what I had changed or why it worked… but it worked and I got the hell out of there as soon as I knew I had what I needed!
Things happen. Lights fail, transmitters don’t communicate, random unwanted light appears in photos. Heck, I’ve seen it all! The difference now is that I have a plan A, B, C, and sometimes D! Knowing various ways to approach a shoot is not only a great way to be sure you don’t let a client down, but it also brings your stress level down BIG TIME!
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By Kahli Hindmarsh
One lesson I wish I could have learnt the first time around, and continue to be reminded of over and over, is to get it right the first time, in-camera!
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By Elena Bazini
‘Even walls fall down.’
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my comfort zone.
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All photography by Paul Zizka
There are few places on the planet that possess the same sense of mystery and wonder as Easter Island. Rapa Nui, as it’s also known, will surprise you at every turn, from the scale of the ancient Moai carvings (“big heads”) that adorn the island, to the diversity of the landscape. Here you’ll find rugged coastlines, jaw-dropping volcanic formations, and peaceful grasslands that grace the interior. Wild horses rule the land while birdlife soars above.
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By Kyle McDougall
What are you trying to say?
A question that I revisit often. It grounds me and gets me back on track whenever I’m pulled in different directions during this wild creative journey. But maybe even more importantly, the answer to that question plays a huge role in helping me make decisions in the field and later on while back home processing.
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