Author: Barbara Cameron

Is it Weird to Take Travel Photos of Walls?

Travel photos of walls – is it weird or not? How many times have you seen a travel photographer standing close to a wall taking a photo of… well, just the wall? It looks pretty weird, I know. And I know because I have giggled at my own photographer friends doing the very same thing. It’s a good thing they have thick skin and sense of humour because these travel photos of walls have caused a lot of giggles! Recently I began looking through my travel photos from Europe and I started to see a pattern. Well, different patterns, or textures, I guess I should say. In each location I visited during my European travels, I took quite a few photos of textures. Those texture photos came from standing in front of walls or doors. And they make some compelling photographs to use for telling stories in pictures. What follows are some stories behind the travel photos of textured walls and doors I took while travelling through Europe, and reasons why it’s not really weird to take travel photos of walls.   How to talk to strangers when you are travelling Who knew that travel photos of walls could get you a travel buddy?! Solo travelling has a lot going for it. But sometimes you just want to talk to someone, and for an introvert like me, it can...

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A Big List of Great Things About Portland

Great Things About Portland – My Travels There are so many great things about Portland and the first thing that comes to mind is my first encounter with the city. I think I was about 6 years old the first time I visited Portland, Oregon. It was a family camping trip in one car with 4 kids, 1 big dog and 2 parents who smoked (in the car) and played opera music on the radio. That’s about all I remember from that vacation. And to this day I shudder when I hear opera music! Two years ago my friend Margaret said, “Hey, let’s go to Portland, I’ve got free tickets to a concert”. Live music, road trip, summer… three of my favourite things… it was an easy “yes” and we had a blast. But we only scratched the surface of Portland. So last fall when my friend Charlene said, “Hey, do you want to go to Portland in January?” it took no time to say yes! Here’s a big list of great things we discovered on our 4-day weekend in Portland in January, plus some things I want to do next time… so you can plan your own visit to this iconic American city. Great Way to Get to Portland Road trips are fun, but someone’s always got to take the wheel. Why not take the train? Among all...

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12 months as a pro photographer

12 months as a pro photographer: a look back at 2017 It’s fun and interesting to look back and view the images I create as a pro photographer in a year. What follows is a collection of photographs from 2017, images I created both for business clients and for personal fun. What you will see is a real mixed bag. My business work focuses on specific subjects like food photography, architecture photography, corporate headshots and branding, and product photography. But my personal photography covers a broad range of subjects. I hope you enjoy this look back to 2017! January...

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Why professional photos are like blue jeans

The 16-headed jeans shopper The other day I went shopping for a new pair of jeans. The retail shelves were filled with rows upon rows of jeans, in all different styles and prices. It was so hard to choose which pair of jeans would suit me best. So I said to the clerk, “I will just take all of the jeans home, try them all on for size, walk around a bit with them, work in them, and then I will pay you for the pair I like best. I might even pay for more than one pair.” Well, you can only imagine that the clerk looked at me like I had 16 heads! (And probably would have called the police had I actually walked out with all of the products.) The 16-headed image buyer The other day I did a business photo shoot. I came back to my studio with about 1000 images on my camera card, all in different orientations and featuring different subjects. After hours of carefully selecting, I gave my client a proofing gallery of about 300 professional photos to choose from for the website they were building. They found it hard to choose which images suited their marketing needs best. So they said to me, “Just send all of the images from your camera, don’t worry if they aren’t edited. We will try them...

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