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Your Image – Mini-Adventures, Big Rewards (preview)

Story and photography by Kelly Funk Does the thought of getting up a couple of hours before dawn to trek to the same tried and true local areas have the appeal of brushing your teeth, washing your car or taking out the garbage? On a planned shoot day, do you roll over in bed and […]

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Your Image – Handling the Wow Moments (preview)

Story and photography by Kelly Funk It’s probably a safe bet to say that many people have experienced moments in the great outdoors, or even in an urban setting for that matter, that makes one feel like you’re having an out-of-body experience, that literally leaves you captivated and unable to think of anything else as […]

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Your Image – The Style’s the Limit (preview)

By Kelly Funk If you’re shooting almost exclusively landscape or wildlife content and you’re wanting to move into environmental portraits, even if it’s just a small portion of your content, incorporating elements into those portraits that fit your already existing style is a great way to get started. My photography career got underway like I […]

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Photographing the Unique in the Iconic (preview)

Story and Photography by Kelly Funk Join OPC’s Kelly Funk as he tours Iceland — a photographer’s paradise where waterfalls seem to plummet from everywhere, old lava beds are covered in lush mosses and seascapes showcase rarely seen features. This beautiful location does come with its own challenges, and Funk tells us how to overcome […]

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Your Image — Crop Sensor vs Full-Frame: Should I Switch? (full story)

Story and photography by Kelly Funk If you’re like most, you started out in the bold world of DSLR photography with a crop sensor camera. You may have made the switch to full-frame, or perhaps not, each for a variety of reasons. I dare to say most pros use a full-frame system (depending on their […]

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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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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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Your Image – Handling Back-Lit Landscapes in Camera (preview)

Story and photography by Kelly Funk There are distinctly different approaches and visionary angles when seeing a dynamic landscape image at sunrise or sunset. The approaches are more stylistic and personal in nature, while the angles are more precise. How precise? About 180 degrees, give or take. By this I mean, do we approach the […]

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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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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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Your Image – Finding Compositional Balance (full story)

Story and Photography by Kelly Funk When we think about the compositional value of an image there are certain phrases that immediately come to mind, such as rule of thirds or element arrangement. There’s nothing wrong with these phrases, but when it comes to the creation of an image, there’s much more that can and […]

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Your Image – Maximize Your Landscapes – Add Someone! (preview)

Story and photography by Kelly Funk We’ve all seen amazing landscape images; they’re moody, dramatic, captivating, and the descriptive list goes on. Personally, I will forever refrain from the much, much too-often-used word “breathtaking” (sorry, just a personal pet peeve). Nevertheless, when we’re out in the field — or mountains, or valley or… well, you […]

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Your Image — 2016 Dare to be Challenged (With Assignments) (full story)

Story and photography by Kelly Funk As photographers, we can talk about technical issues, composition, directional lighting and depth-of-field until we’re so blue in the face that people call 911. But I’ve always felt it’s part of my job to inspire people to improve their work, and I also think this can be the key […]

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Your Image – Insurance: Do You Need It? (preview)

By Kelly Funk Fact: Photography equipment is expensive! Second fact: None of us would even dream of giving it up because of fact one. If that were the case there’d be a lot of people out there struggling through cheaper creative outlets such as bead design, chain saw carving (fine if you can get by […]

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Your Image – Concept Junkie or Opportunist — Which One Are You? (Full story)

Story and photography by Kelly Funk Everyone has their own style of shooting, whether they know it or not; a style that allows them to create the most powerful images based on their inherent personality and traits. Sound like a textbook excerpt from behaviorist B.F. Skinner? Well, maybe it should because over the years I’ve […]

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Your Image — How to Achieve Infinity Focus (preview)

  Story and Photography by Kelly Funk As it’s time for a question and answer column, in this issue I’ll cover an inquiry by Don. Q: I’ve been reading the latest issue cover to cover and in your article you talk about anchoring the image. It’s a great article by the way, but one thing […]

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Your Image — Key Elements of Environmental Portraiture (preview)

Environmental portraiture needs certain aspects to be effectively executed. It should be simple with limited distractions, well-composed, well-lit and engaging. Produce those elements and it will translate into strong, impactful imagery. Like landscapes, sports or even wildlife, the recipe for success in your pictures is identical with portraiture. Let me discuss the particulars in each […]

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Your Image — Anchor Your Images for Impact (full story)

When looking at a powerful image, have you ever felt that you could just reach in and touch part of it, step in the frame and continue walking through it or lean in and smell the flower that’s portrayed? If you have, then you’ve experienced an image with a great anchor point; something that solidifies […]

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