I feel like I have been trapped indoors in the Great White North for ages due to the horrific Toronto weather. I have had the worst cabin fever ever and was dying to be able to shoot outdoors but my body immediately rejects the cold as soon as I take one step outside. So here I am in beautiful sunny Miami Beach and am finally able to dust off the cobwebs from my camera and shoot outside.
After being an avid Instagram user for several months and over saturating my account with numerous photos I decided it was time to try another photo sharing social network, Flickr. I was starting to become more serious about my photography and I was tired of seeing scantily clad females, photos of over-priced gourmet coffee from across the country, #ootd (outfit of the day), and shameless selfies to name a few. I thought that creating a Flickr account would help inspire me to grow as a photographer, which in turn it did.
At first glance, many of the images posted on Flickr are really well composed and edited as well as have a slightly more professional feel in comparison to those on Instagram. Some of the photographers I follow are present on both social media sharing sites. Other photographers still have a preference to only one specific photo site.
Here is a list of my top 10 favorite Flickr photographers:
I was thrilled to escape the early signs of the harsh Toronto weather and bask in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic sun in early November. My primary reason for vacationing in the Caribbean was to attend one of my girlfriend’s wedding. Visiting someplace new is always an exciting opportunity for me to be able to add more photos to my travel portfolio. It also allows me the opportunity to improve the images I wasn’t happy with the last time I visited a similar destination as well as capture things I did not have the chance to photograph in previous trips.
Also, this holiday gave me the opportunity to shoot with my new Sony A7 for the second time. I am accustomed to traveling with my Canon 70D, lugging around a massive backpack and two tripods. When I switched to the Sony A7 I was able to downsize my camera bag to something that would not break my back.
Summer was quickly coming to an end so my friend Kally and I thought that a trip to Montreal for Labour Day weekend would be a stupendous idea. One of my best girlfriends had recently moved to Montreal and I have been missing living in Paris so I thought visiting an old friend and taking in some European culture would be the perfect weekend getaway. Kally and I wanted to research the best places to take pictures in Montreal before we endured the five plus hour drive. Especially since we both we are both extremely passionate about photography.
Achieving an architectural photography image that invokes excitement with the viewer can be extremely challenging. The following are tips that have worked best for me…
5) Shoot During the Golden Hour
My absolute favourite time to shoot is during the evening just before sunset. The golden hour is when the sun shines a glowing light and anything that it reflects off of often creates a beautiful image. When an image is shot during this short time, the viewer’s eye is immediately drawn to the brightest spot of the photo which adds a new exciting dimension to the shot.
4) Try Un-boring Compositions and Perspectives
When composing my image I often find that I avoid taking images facing straight at the subject . I try to find an angle that is interesting to the eye and will add a different element to my image other than just the structure itself. I aim to find a perspective that allows the details and colours of my subject to really stand out. I find it best to do a few test shots from different angles to see which will give me the best composition and perspective. In the image below, I shot the Sacre Coeur Cathedral in Paris from as low to the ground as I possibly could. I aimed my camera upwards on a short tripod to give the illusion that the Cathedral is grander against the blue sky and cloudy background.