Articles Written by Alan Steadman

5 Toys and Tricks to Improve Your Light Painting

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It’s easy to plateau when you’re experimenting with light painting photography, and as a result, this fun genre can often turn into a flash in the pan hobby.

And so, in order to help sustain your interest in what I think is a worthwhile endeavor and an under appreciated form of photography, I’ve decided to provide a few of the toys and tricks I’ve picked up in my experiences. These are things that have helped respire my interest in the past. Hopefully they’ll motivate you to continue experimenting as well. Read more…

Kill Your Darlings: 3 Techniques that’ll Help You Honestly Evaluate Your Own Work

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One of the biggest hurdles we must overcome when we begin any creative endeavor is getting past the honeymoon phase of, “look at this awesome thing I created” and on to the more realistic and productive phase of, “just because I created it doesn’t make it awesome.” Read more…

Striking Adventure Sports Photography: An Interview with Garrett Grove

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Garrett Grove is the type of photographer it’s easy to be jealous of. Looking through his work you’ll notice an effortlessness to the beauty he captures. This element of his photography is deceiving and likely to cause hours of frustration in your personal photography as you try in vain to achieve the same impressive results he nails on a regular basis.

This dual nature, of ease and awe, is what’s so appealing about his work. We recently got to talk to Garrett to try and figure out how he makes it look so easy, and why it really isn’t.
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7 Photos that Every Photographer Takes

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There are a few photos that every photographer takes in their lifetime. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from, you’ve taken these photos or will take them one day in the future. They’re mostly tired shots we’re all probably best avoiding, yet none of us can. Even having read this, someday you’ll catch yourself mid click, snapping off one of these photos.

Yes, much like the proverbial photographic flame to our poor, moth-like eyeballs, these photos have an allure we can’t deny. No matter how self-aware or disciplined we are, we’ll forever be incapable of escaping the seven photos every photographer takes. Read more…

Interview with Action Sports Photographer Gabe L’Heureux

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Gabe L’Heureux isn’t just one of the busiest men in the business, take one look through his work and you’ll quickly realize he’s one of the best. His photos expertly showcase stunning forces of nature and athletes brave enough to endure them. Yet, despite the rugged qualities of his subject matter, his work tends to have an ethereal quality to it, lending a particular brand of beauty to the harsh environments he captures.

It’s this rare ability to capture the balance of violence and elegance that has earned Gabe jobs with the likes of Oakley, Target, ESPN and Red Bull, just to name a few. And this is all on top of his normal gig as senior photographer/team manager for Burton Snowboards.

We were recently lucky enough to catch up with Gabe during a brief break between trips to see how his year has started off. Read more…

Get Educated: Recommended Projects and Tutorials

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As with most fields that are technology driven, in photography, if you don’t keep moving you’ll quickly find yourself dead in the water. This is why seasoned pros and amateur hobbyists alike should always be learning and expanding their abilities. It’s really the only way to stay competitive. And I don’t even mean that in a financial sense, I mean that just in terms of your skill set. Read more…

A Quick Word On Photography Etiquette

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Let me start this off by saying that one of my biggest pet peeves is inconveniencing people, or being inconsiderate to those around me. I’ve always hated the idea of being a burden on others, and thus, I often go above and beyond to avoid being a nuisance to anyone around me.

As a result though, I also hate it when other people are inconsiderate around me, or to me directly. In my opinion it shows a serious level of self absorption that is often quite literally outright offensive.

All that said, as a photographer, it can be hard not to be invasive of people around you and thus this little pet peeve of mine can often be at odds with the job at hand. Read more…

9 [More] Adventure Sports Photographers You Need to Check Out

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In my last post, I said that Adventure Photography doesn’t get much attention; however, based on all of your feedback and reactions it seems I may have been mistaken. Perhaps it’s just quiet attention? Regardless, I wanted to go ahead and compile a second list because, as I said in the first post (and as many of you pointed out) there were clearly some people missing.

This happened for a number of reasons, the most common being limited communication due to shoot schedules. But now, with a little more time for people to respond, I’ve been able to rectify the problem and include a lot of the great photographers that got left out the first time. So without further ado, here are nine more adventure sports photographers you should check out. Read more…

My New Years Resolutions: Simple Enough to Stick to, Helpful Enough to be Beneficial

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New Year’s resolutions can be very bittersweet. Everybody loves the sweet sensation of starting off a new year fresh, cleaned of your bad habits and motivated to charge in with high hopes and grand goals. But unfortunately there’s that slight bitter taste as well. It’s that knowledge that we often shoot too high and end up falling flat on our faces and that this year likely won’t be any different.

We’ll find reasons or excuses to cheat on our resolutions; or worse, we’ll just forget about them. Often, our unrealistic expectations are to blame for our failure, so with that in mind I’ve listed some of my personal, photography oriented resolutions for the coming year that I think are simple enough to stick to, but helpful enough to be beneficial. Hopefully they’ll provide some inspiration for you as well. Read more…

Finding the Silver Lining: Why It’s Actually a Great Time to Be a Photographer

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Over the years I’ve tried to get better about reflecting on my work and life at the end of each year. Sure lots of people will claim to do this, but that usually just boils down to reviewing their Facebook page for a quick ego boost.

I’m talking about going in-depth. Go pull up those photos you loved at the beginning of the year and try looking at them again with a newly critical eye, do it when you’re free of the fresh-born-photo sentimentality all photographer’s (and really artists in general) suffer from. Try to figure out what went wrong in your failed work and what went right (purposefully or accidental) in the work that turned out good. Regardless of the conclusions you arrive at I can guarantee you’ll be a better photographer as a result. Read more…