Soon the trees will burst forth with the beautiful colours of autumn, and everyone with a camera will want to capture the glorious scene. Almost any weather is good for shooting spectacular fall foliage images, including cloudy, sunny, misty, and rainy because each type of condition imparts its own magical element to your photography. The season is short, and you don’t want to let the weather interfere. Pack up your camera bag and let’s get started on an autumn photo adventure.

​​​​The nights are cooler, and the morning air is crisp and invigorating. To the photographer, that can only mean the foliage season has arrived and glorious colour is about to burst forth on trees, shrubs, and plants. It’s a fantastic time of year to be out in nature with your camera. The days are cooler, and most of the bugs are gone. Knowing a few tips will help you capture the true colours of the beautiful foliage season.

Soteeoh – real name Adeyemi Adegbesan – captures vibrant, restless, dramatic images of his city. This esthetic has earned him a following on Instagram (@soteeoh has more than 60,000 followers), and major brands like Adidas, Lululemon and Chevrolet tap him to shoot their ad campaigns. For Soteeoh, Instagram is more than a social platform – it’s the reason he committed to photography as a career. “I’d dabbled in it before, but in 2012 I started shooting consistently, because of the ease and convenience of [the platform],” says the selftaught photographer. […]

It’s easy to become attached to the quality lens that came with your digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera, and if you are like most photography buffs you have put it to good use. Most of these kit lenses provide a good focal range along with some versatility, but is it wise to depend on only one lens? As you strive to develop and hone your camera skills, reliance on a single lens might slow down the learning process. 

Camera stabilizer for creating smooth video footage.

Figure 1: DJI Ronin-M in use, image courtesy DJI. Let’s talk about shooting video when you can’t or wouldn’t use a tripod. We all know why we use tripods – it’s more than just to handle that unsteady look that makes stomachs roil and viewers stop watching while they hiss “amateur”. A proper video head, as we’ve talked about before, makes for smooth pans and tilts. So what do we do when a tripod isn’t the right tool? We use a stabilizer. Manual Stabilizers Back in the olden days, there […]

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Grab your gear and get shooting at these six gorgeous Canadian gardens by VICKIE REICHARDT The stunning stamens, the cascade of colours, an interesting insect perched on a petal – flowers can make for spectacular photo subjects. Here are six of the best spots across Canada to snap some beautiful blooms. ANNAPOLIS ROYAL HISTORIC GARDENS Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia Part history lesson, part botanical utopia, these gardens’ 17 acres of flowers, trees and ornamental grasses are just two hours outside of Halifax. Explore the Victorian Garden’s 3,000 types of annuals; […]

Aiming for the sky

BY September 14, 2018 The Lens

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Chris Gordaneer has captured hundreds, if not thousands, of unique images of the sky, taken from places all over the world. He’s pointed his lenses towards the heavens while on commercial work in the Canadian Rockies, Scotland and Colorado; during personal photography treks to several countries in Africa, including Namibia and South Africa; and even from the roof of Westside Studio in Toronto, where he’s one of the partners. “Anytime [the sky] looks cool, even ominous – so, not blue – and the clouds look painterly, I’ll shoot it. I’ll […]