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2017 Spring Photo Contest Results (full story)

The 2017 Spring Photo Contest “What is Canada?” was a big success with over 400 image entries. The judging by OPC photo editor Kelly Funk wasn’t easy, but these images rose to the top to reveal themselves as this year’s winners. Thank you to everyone who entered, and thank you also to our sponsors, Panasonic […]

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Photographer’s Lifestyle — Giving Back (full story)

Story by Roy Ramsay Photography by Roy Ramsay and Mike Gamble I’ve spent the better part of 30 years photographing everything from weddings and portraits to landscapes and wildlife. What originally started as a hobby grew into a profitable business that also grew my passion into what it is today. I’ve been very fortunate over […]

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Hand-Held Macro Workshop with the Toronto Digital Photography Club (full story)

Story by Roy Ramsay Photography by members of the Toronto Digital Photography Club This past spring OPC hosted a hand-held macro workshop at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. The photography was based on a technique I wrote about back in Issue #33 (Spring/Summer 2015). The Toronto Digital Photography Club asked me to take them out on […]

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Photographer Profile — Daisy Gilardini (full story)

Story by Stephanie Hounsell Photography by Daisy Gilardini Seek and you shall find (unless it finds you first) Photographer who specializes in polar regions knows patience is the key to getting a great shot. But sometimes special photos just appear Wildlife photographer Daisy Gilardini knows all-too-well the need for almost super-human patience when it comes […]

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Discovering Canada — The Digby Neck and Islands of Nova Scotia (preview)

Story and photography by Mike Grandmaison While the Digby Neck and islands comprise a small geographic region, they offer splendid scenery for those who venture off the beaten path. From quaint coves to lighthouses and a plethora of wildlife, OPC’s Mike Grandmaison shows us where to go to capture the best images on Canada’s east […]

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Creating Art with Autumn Colour (preview)

Story and photography by Patrick Di Fruscia Unlock the endless image potential that fall has to offer with colourful reflections, bold leaves on wet rocks and silky waterfalls, to name a few. Photographer Patrick Di Fruscia knows exactly where to go and what gear and techniques to use to maximize the beauty of this glorious […]

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Gear – DFi Gear Flash Porter (full review)

Reviewed by Jason DiMichele Some photographic accessories aren’t usually at the top of a photographer’s wish list, and backup solutions tend to be one of these. For a long time, in-the-field backup solutions have existed, some cheap and fiddly, and some very expensive with all the bells and whistles. A new product on the market, […]

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Gear — Pluto Trigger (full review)

Reviewed by Jason DiMichele Have you ever missed a great photo opportunity because you weren’t quick enough pressing the shutter button, or were fumbling with camera settings? There are many products on the market that allow you to remotely control your camera, removing the mundane process of doing repetitive actions. One of these products, the […]

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Gear — ViewSonic VP2768 (full review)

Reviewed by Jason DiMichele The computer monitor market is very competitive. ViewSonic has been making monitors for a long time, beginning with the CRT versions; they were some of the best monitors on the market. ViewSonic has recently introduced a series of high-quality monitors to compete in the demanding professional photographic market. Let’s find out […]

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Travel and the Fine Art Pano (preview)

Story and photography by Steven Friedman For British Columbia photographer Steven Friedman, capturing images is all about travel, adventure and patience — often staying at a location for a week at a time waiting for the light and other conditions to be just right. The experienced photographer shares his tips and techniques for shooting the […]

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Editor’s Assignment – July 2017 Winner (full story)

Story by Kelly Funk Here is the winner of the July 2017 online Editor’s Assignment contest. To enter the contest and for full details, please visit our website at www.opcmagazine.com. Faces I chose this image as the winner for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it grabbed me with its authenticity, lack of reservation […]

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Out of Focus – And Now There Are Kids… (full story)

Story and Photography by Ethan Meleg   For the past 43 years, I’ve enjoyed a freewheeling, staunch bachelor lifestyle where I’ve basically done just about whatever I wanted. My house was clean, tidy and quiet. I slept all night, making it easy to wake up early each morning and seek out the tranquility and beauty […]

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Your Image – Expand Your Content and Strengthen Your Skillset (preview)

Story and photography by Kelly Funk There was a time early in my career when all I photographed and was interested in was wildlife; that lasted quite a while and I learned so much about the craft. When I knew I wanted to try to make a living out of photography, I worked with a […]

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Bird Photography Tips – Airline Travel with Camera Gear for Bird Photography (preview)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg Autumn is here and with any luck you’re planning an exciting bird photography trip somewhere exotic this winter, in search of new species in different environments. There’s nothing I love to do more than photograph new bird species in far-away places, but it took me a long time to […]

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Beginner Basics — Changing Your Perspective (full story)

Story and photography by Viktoria Haack How often does a scene catch our eye and we almost immediately start shooting? I know I’m guilty of this, and sometimes there’s a danger that you will miss a shot altogether if you don’t start to shoot immediately, especially if the light is changing or an animal or […]

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Wild Side — Finding Compositional Balance (preview)

Story and photography by John E. Marriott Like mastering ancient Jedi skills, finding the right composition in your wildlife photography can prove to be a lifelong commitment. In previous issues, I looked at two of the most common errors wildlife photographers make when composing their images: ignoring the background behind a subject (and realizing afterwards […]

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Advanced Shooter — Do We Need a Code of Ethics in Nature Photography? (preview)

Story and photography by Darwin Wiggett Every week there’s another story in the news or on social media about photographers behaving badly out in nature. I’ve read about people making selfies up close and personal with roadside bears, defacing rock formations with graffiti in national parks and setting up staged camps at iconic overlooks where […]

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Pushing Limits – Pushing Back: Treating Images with Respect in the Digital Era (full story)

Story and photography by Don Komarechka I want to use my column in this issue to bring up an important matter that affects all photographers, even if you don’t know it: image theft. Copyright infringement in the digital era is rampant and it has a significant impact on photographers, especially those who depend on their […]

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