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Expert Tips for Taking Ski and Snowboard Photos

After a calm end to 2014, the new year has blasted in all barrels blazing.  When it isn't snowing, a strong westerly wind has blown all of the new fluffy stuff around, making for interesting driving in this area.

It is cold, slippery and blustery, the perfect storm of miserable conditions.  For a good majority of folks it's a wonderful excuse to hibernate. The more it snows, the greater the reason to stay indoors. 

Then there are the others. The more snow the better for them as they take to hills, slopes and trails for winter fun. They feel no cold as they toboggan, they ski, they snowmobile, making me and my kind look just a little lazy and dull. 

Not that I care. Just being honest.

There are those too though, who might not participate in the full-on energy of winter sports, a passion for photography has them braving the elements to capture the excitement in pictures. What it takes to freeze the speed of a snowboarder or skier, to cope with the conditions and get that perfe…

Tips for Taking Figure Skating Photos

They spin, they twirl, they leap. They cavort, skip and dance. They toss, they turn, they glide. They are poetry in motion.

Yet, try to take pictures of ice skaters and the results can be little indication of the action. The flow and beauty of the sport is something that I've found can be hard to capture in a static image.

During my years covering local events for our community newspaper, I was challenged with the task each winter of grabbing some photographs of the skating club's events.  Every time I went to the arena prepared for tricky lighting conditions. I pushed my way through excited parents and grandparents to find a key spot where I could shoot unobstructed.  And as the skaters went through their routines full of Salchows, Axels and Lutzes,  I went snap crazy.

I also, before the performances and during the intermissions, wandered around for 'mood' and backstage photos because I knew that much of what I had taken on the ice wouldn't measure up to the live …

How to Take Great Hockey Photos

In the community newspaper industry where I worked for over two decades it wasn't uncommon to hear a journalist refer to his or herself as a writer with a camera. With only enough money to hire a skeleton staff,  newspapers expected editorial folks  to take care of the photo ops as well as the news reports and features.

The end results of that camera in my hand when this chapter of my story began in 1989, were a bit of hit and miss at first. Though I enjoyed taking pictures for personal reasons, I'd never really taken the art seriously. Anything better than point and shoot photos I put in  the hands of professionals.

However, it became evident that what I lacked in technical knowledge was compensated by the Libra in me. It seemed, according to my editor, that I had a good eye. Which, fortunately, is something that can't be lost. Over time too, I learned quite a bit more about how to get the most out of a camera, making for some not so bad photos.

One of the biggest challen…

Hundreds of Inspirational Photos

From time to time we all need to heal. Fortunately, we can often find the right therapy in the world around us.

I tend to consider society as a whole as the walking wounded. We've all experienced profound grief and debilitating sadness. We have all lived through pain, through loss, through trials.

Yet, each and every day it's expected that we get out of bed in the morning and cope as best we can.  We put one foot ahead of the other, not just because it's what's expected, but because it's the right thing to do. While there are those suffering through unbearable agonies for whom extended and extensive treatment is required we, the walking wounded, are a low priority in life's triage. The common ills and woes are healed  by time, circumstance and for a while the support and TLC of friends and family.

What generally helps too is faith, not necessarily of the spiritual kind though that certainly works for believers. No it's the faith in knowing that all the ol…

How to Create Fonts in Photoshop

When our daughter was married a few years ago it was important to her that the wedding be a reflection of her and her husband, of their styles, their personalities.  Every detail was meticulously worked out to suit the dream she envisioned, from her venue choices to the stationary and favours. Nothing could deter her from getting it the way she planned.

It's not unusual for brides to  have a strong vision of what they want for their special day. It's not, though, always easy to incorporate everything. You might be able to see what you want, however what you find can be a little off the mark.

The difference with my girl, and others who share her artistic and creative abilities, is if they can't find what they're looking for they have no trepidation about  using those talents to make it.  For example, after perusing endless websites and books for the right invitations, etc., she decided the only way to please herself was to design them herself.

Taking some images, tweak…