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Photographer’s Lifestyle – Eco-Responsible Lodging in the Rockies (full story)

Story by Roy Ramsay with photography by Alan Ernst In the past, I’ve written of places that photographers can go and stay while out shooting landscapes and wildlife. As the spring thaw warms the landscape around us, I’m reminded of these spots you can call home while out on your photo adventures. Aurum Lodge, located […]

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Beginner Basics – Creating Mood (full story)

Story and photography by Viktoria Haack When does a photograph change from being purely documentary to something more? Something closer to art? For me, it’s when the image either captures a mood or generates a mood or emotion in the viewer. My personal definition of a moody image is one that captures or draws forth […]

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Profile – Ramtin Kazemi (exclusive online content)

Story by Stephanie Hounsell with photography by Ramtin Kazemi Live and Learn Outdoor photographer Ramtin Kazemi has learned more than one lesson the hard way Ramtin Kazemi isn’t one to pretend he never makes mistakes. On the contrary, the Ontario-based outdoor landscape photographer is often the first to poke fun at some of the lessons […]

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Gear – Platypod Pro/Max (full review)

Gear review by Jason DiMichele When outdoor photographers think of camera supports, they will most likely think of tripods, monopods, car window mounts or beanbags. A lot of photographers prefer not to carry around a tripod or monopod due to the bulk, weight or setup time. What if a camera support existed that was extremely […]

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Gear – Contour Design’s ShuttlePro v2 (full review)

Gear review by Jason DiMichele There’s no shortage of accessories and gadgets released into the photographic industry. A lot of the camera gear is exciting and fun to buy. Although spending money on equipment designed to maximize workflow efficiency isn’t necessarily fun, sometimes they are some of the better investments. The ShuttlePro v2 looks very […]

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Gear – UniqBall (full review)

Gear review by Jason DiMichele If you use a tripod, you’ll know that a tripod head is almost always required. There are a few different styles of tripod heads, with the ballhead and pan-tilt heads being the most common. The tripod head industry isn’t one that has had a lot of revolutionary designs, but one […]

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Out of Focus – The Selfie Stick (full story)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg Of all the photo gadgets I’ve ever laid eyes upon, my reaction to seeing a selfie stick for the first time went something like this: “That is the stupidest, most ridiculously douchie camera accessory EVER invented! What kind of shallow, narcissistic human being, so devoid of self-worth, would ever […]

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Editor’s Assignment – December 2016 winner (full story)

December 2016 winner — Quincey Deters (Triptych) Title: Weathered Photo: ©Quincey Deters   Here is the winner of the December 2016 online Editor’s Assignment contest. To enter the contest and for full details, please visit our website at www.opcmagazine.com. — Editor-in-Chief Weathered Our December Editor’s Assignment was brought to you by Mike Grandmaison. The theme […]

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Pushing Limits – Fluorescing Nature: Using Ultraviolet Light to Make Your Subject Glow (preview)

Story and photography by Don Komarechka  I’ve often referred to the world of macro photography as “the universe at our feet,” with unending details to explore everywhere you look. Photographers can capture magical qualities in this unseen world, but there are techniques that push further into a realm of fantasy: ultraviolet fluorescence. Many natural and […]

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Your Image – The Key Elements to Environmental Portrait Lighting (preview)

Story and Photography by Kelly Funk Environmental portraiture and artificial lighting done properly go together like a fine wine and a gourmet meal or a beer and great barbeque — take your pick, both are delicious! Utilized too strongly or from a direction that’s not complementary to the available light and it can have results […]

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Bird Photography Tips – Photographing the Grey Jay — “Canada’s National Bird” (preview)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg The Royal Canadian Geographic Society recently concluded the National Bird Project, a process to pick a national bird for Canada. They held a public vote and expert panel debate, and in the end the grey jay emerged as the winning species, which the society will put forward to the […]

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Wild Side – Doing Your Background Checks (preview)

Story and photography by John E. Marriott During a recent critique session at one of my workshops in Jasper National Park, I realized there’s one key compositional misstep that continuously slides under the radar in wildlife photography, whether people are photographing bears, beavers or bald eagles. Most photographers, young or old, male or female, tend […]

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Advanced Shooter – The Resurgence and Importance of the Photographic Print (preview)

Story and photography by Darwin Wiggett Abundance blinds us to the inherent value of things. As the old saying goes, “You never miss the water until the well runs dry.” In the case of photography, the digital revolution has created a paucity of the printed image. Twenty years ago, nearly every photo we took ended […]

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Discovering Canada – Newfoundland’s Western and Northern Shores (preview)

Story and photography by Mike Grandmaison The landscapes of Newfoundland and Labrador are vast and diverse. They include soaring granite cliffs, deep fiords, dramatic coastlines, ancient rock formations, boreal forests and extensive barrens. Join OPC’s Mike Grandmaison as he shows us how to make the most of a photography trip to Canada’s east coast … […]

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Saskatchewan – A province to photograph in all seasons (Cover Story preview)

Story and photography by Ian McGregor While many will associate Saskatchewan with an expansive Prairie landscape, photographer Ian McGregor is here to tell us much of the province is anything but flat. From thick forests and lakes to sand dunes and badlands, McGregor reveals that the western province has a little something for every photographer’s […]

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Life in the Yukon – A photo essay by professional landscape and wildlife photographer Peter Mather (preview)

Photo essay by Peter Mather with narrative by Roy Ramsay See Canada’s far north like never before through landscape and wildlife photographer Peter Mather’s breathtaking images of the Yukon. From scenic mountain vistas to an up-close-and-personal view of the wildlife that call the Yukon home, Mather has covered it all … Peter Mather’s inspiration began […]

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Bird Photography Tips – Bird Identification (Part 2) – Using Distinct Characteristics to Identify Birds (preview)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg In the last issue, I wrote about how to find out which bird species can be expected in the areas where you’re photographing. Now, I’m focusing on tips for identifying bird species by observing their unique differences and characteristics. The great thing is that since many of the identification […]

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Your Image – Create Your Own Inspiration (preview)

Story and Photography by Kelly Funk Creation deflation, frozen shutter syndrome, photographer’s block, stimulation stagnation. I could go on, but then we would end up talking about neurosis and therapy and B.F. Skinner, etc., so let me stay on track and ask, have you been there? I certainly have, on many occasions, and feeling that […]

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