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Beginner Basics — Free or Cheap Things to Add to Your Camera Bag (Full Story)

Story and Photography by Don Komarechka Dipping your feet into the world of photography can be a wonderful, creative experience, but it comes with challenges. Because photographic topics and genres can be so varied, you might want to spend some time exploring various facets of the art form; this can get expensive. Photographic equipment usually […]

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Posted in Articles, Don Komarechka

Profile — Don Johnston (Exclusive online interview)

Story by Stephanie Hounsell Photography by Don Johnston Whatever it takes Nature photographer Don Johnston knows the easy way isn’t always the best way Outdoor photographer Don Johnston has a simple mantra: Photography trumps everything. He’ll do whatever it takes to get the best shot (so long as it’s safe and does not endanger or unduly […]

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Discovering Canada — Prairie Giants (preview)

As I travel across the Canadian Prairies in search of scenic photo opportunities, I’m amazed and saddened by the number of ghost towns, abandoned farm homes and dilapidated grain elevators lost to the climate, the economy and the evolution of society. Yet they draw me in. I wonder about the lives lived inside those walls, […]

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Posted in Articles, Mike Grandmaison

2014 Online Spring Photo Contest

Contest Theme: Canadian Landscapes Contest deadline: Midnight, June 30, 2014 Show us your best Canadian landscape images. There’s a $15 entry fee (includes taxes), with up to 10 photos uploaded to our website gallery per entry. An additional entry fee is required for 11-20 photos and so on. Your name and photo location MUST be clearly […]

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Discovering Canada — Greater Sudbury (Preview)

Story and photography by Mike Grandmaison It’s known as the home of the Big Nickel and the Science North, but to OPC’s Mike Grandmaison, the City of Greater Sudbury is so much more. Grandmaison’s hometown pride shines through as we embark on a journey through an area of Ontario that offers a variety of stunning […]

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Bird Photography Tips — The Key Ingredients of a Good Bird Photo (preview)

Story and photography by Ethan Meleg Learning to critique your photos is fundamental to improving as a bird photographer. It’s OK to be hard on yourself and compare your photos against the best ones out there. I’ve been my own harshest critic since the day I started shooting photos and have used this as an […]

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Posted in Articles, Ethan Meleg

Advanced Shooter — The Myth of Documentary Landscape Photography (preview)

                                              Story and Photography by Darwin Wiggett I used to think I was a documentary landscape photographer, especially during the period when I only used slide film as my medium to capture images. […]

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Beginner Basics — The Next Steps: What to do With Your New DSLR (full story)

Story and Photography by Don Komarechka A new camera is always exciting, especially if it’s your first DSLR camera with plenty of bells and whistles. The whole contraption may be a little overwhelming, but a few settings and fundamental techniques can help you get started on the right foot. After assembling the camera and setting […]

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The Art of Fine Art Photography (preview)

Story and Photography by Brian Merry What’s the difference between a landscape photograph and a fine art photograph? While both a well-structured landscape photograph and an emotionally-cohesive fine art photograph are beautiful things, photographer Brian Merry tells us about what sets them apart, and how to compose a good landscape image. To read more of […]

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Wild Side — Destination Jasper (preview)

Story and Photography by John E. Marriott It’s official. After following my column advice for the past three years and spending a kazillion dollars on shiny new gear, you’re now a full-fledged wannabe wildlife photographer. You’ve stalked your neighbourhood ponds, combed every forest for miles around your local town and you’ve even ventured to the […]

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Profile — Andrew McLachlan (exclusive interview)

The stories behind the pictures Story by Stephanie Hounsell/Photography by Andrew McLachlan Although it’s true a picture’s worth a thousand words, sometimes a few words of explanation can provide valuable insight. Barrie, ON-area photographer Andrew McLachlan recently opened up to OPC readers, explaining how he took three of his favourite photographs. Agawa River at sunrise The […]

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Discovering Canada — Tallgrass Prairie (preview)

Story and Photography by Mike Grandmaison Don’t let the name fool you — Manitoba’s tallgrass prairie has plenty to offer photographers beyond the obvious. In this issue, Mike Grandmaison  takes us through the ecosystem in the western province that may be dwindling in size, but still boasts an extraordinary variety of more than 150 plant […]

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Bird Photography Tips — Best Lenses for Bird Photography (preview)

Story and Photography by Ethan Meleg One of the great challenges of bird photography is getting the bird large enough in the frame to make a decent image. Why? In general, birds are small and difficult to get near. There are plenty of techniques for getting closer and making frame-filling images, which I’ll share in […]

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Discovering Canada — Alberta Badlands (preview)

Story and photography by Mike Grandmaison Explore the rugged, desert-like terrain of the Alberta badlands and all of the photographic opportunities they present with OPC‘s Mike Grandmaison. The veteran shutterbug takes us on a tour through the three largest badland areas he explored: Red Deer River Valley, Dinosaur Provincial Park and Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park. To […]

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