Sometimes things just click. Sometimes you need to do a hike up the side of a mountain to an interesting place, lay on the bare ground and get the moment just right for things to work out how you want. Describe the best picture you took in 2021. We had booked a week in the mountains during the lull in the pandemic, checking into a hotel we wouldn’t have sprung for if the borders had been wider open and tourists were filling them for higher prices than we were paying. We spent our days exploring, day trips mostly, driving from short hike trailhead to short hike trailhead, snacking in the car on the way between and keeping the dog calm…

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Three dSLRs Four GoPro action cams. Two tripods. One flash. Nine lenses. A fistful of memory cards. Drawers packed with gadgets, clips, hooks, meters, caps, filters, batteries, microfibre cloths, and a random assortment of other camera accessories. And in 2021 I took a lot of photos like this… on my iPhone. What do you wish you’d done more of this past year? There was a time I would have told you that my dream job was being a photographer. I worked to make money so that I could buy camera equipment and travel. Heck, when I was a teenager I built my own camera. I exposed a roll of film, brought it to the local photo store, told the guys…

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Regular readers may have noticed that I often include my own photos with many of my daily blog posts. It’s not an accident that I often have a pretty great shot to accompany something that I’m writing about, or have actually just sat down and written about a photo that I liked. This is because I count photography among the most consistent of my hobbies. There are so many tips and tricks that photographer use to make their shots more visually interesting, and many of those do not require any special equipment. On this meta Monday I thought I’d dig a little deeper into that. One example of a simple trick is just this: adjusting your perspective. How often have…

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