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.
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!
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!
By Elena Bazini
‘Even walls fall down.’
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my comfort zone.
“One of the most rewarding parts of what I do now as a professional photographer is playing a part, ever so small, in helping people connect with their creative side and immerse in the wilderness, and encourage them to tell their own stories and share their own view of the world.”
By Elizabeth Gadd
We all experience them. (If you don’t… you’re probably not human and I need to know your secret. Seriously.)
Some ruts last only a few days. Some are much longer and more intense. I often experience a 2-3 month hiatus in my work every year, usually during the late winter to early spring months.
Words by Stephen DesRoches
Feature image by Paul Zizka
My introduction to OFFBEAT began in a hotel room in Whitehorse, Yukon, after a workshop in Kluane National Park and Reserve. It was from this hotel room that Dave Brosha and Paul Zizka launched and announced the first version of the OFFBEAT website to the world – the beginnings of a community of photographers geared towards pushing each other further.
Wow. So, here we are.
Today is the day that OFFBEAT launches.
OFFBEAT – an idea that both Paul and I have been talking about for over a year. An idea that we’re finally putting “out there” to the wind, and the world, to see if it will take flight.
OFFBEAT came out of us talking about building a community of like-minded people. We have so many passionate, amazing people who have attended our workshops, or that we’ve met on or offline over the past number of years who we feel truly connected to. People who share our love of creating, our love of the world around us, and share in the belief that you can only raise everybody up by having a positive, sharing, compassionate outlook on life, and by default, photography.
What is this new online photo community all about? The main goal for OFFBEAT is simple: to create the most supportive, relatable, helpful, engaging photo community out there!
For many years, the OFFBEAT Team has been involved in many aspects of the photography industry, including other online communities. We have greatly benefited from being involved in other web-based platforms – so much so that we wanted to create a platform for others where we could put our own twist on the things we love the most!