The Craft

Inspired by the Tangible


Any company whose mission revolves around being inspired by the tangible and getting images off our devices and into our hands is a company run by people I want to hang out with.

So I’ve been ordering prints from Artifact Uprising and am seriously impressed with them – their quality and their service are spectacular. And their blog is inspiring, too. Go to the Ambassadors page, on which I am self-consciously featured among some truly talented people – people whose work you might just want to check out. I preach the “print your work, live with it, and share it” mantra a lot. But it’s not feasible for everyone to run out and buy a printer, never mind the inks and papers, a small print order – even a couple prints a month – gets you closer to real photographs on real paper.

So there’s two things I want to draw your attention to – the first is Artifact Uprising’s Square Print set – you get 25 beautifully printed photographs, all in square ratio so you can easily print images from your Instagram feed – for $21.99. Do that with your best 25 every month and after a year you’ll have 300 prints. If you like those but want something larger, their [Signature Print] offering, which is shown in the image above – is really beautiful – printed on thick matting medium, the prints are beefy and gorgeous. The ones above or 8×8 and 8×10 – 2 for $29.99. I’ve been creating paired images, and have this feeling I’m going to be filling my drawers (that didn’t sound quite right, did it?) and my walls,  with more of these. And they do books and cards, though I have yet to order them, I’ll be doing books of this year’s adventures.

So – first things first, Artifact Uprising has given us a 10% discount on orders placed before the end of November – that code is: BLGDD1110. Enjoy!

Secondly, they’ve given me a $100 gift card to send to someone.

And, thirdly, I’m going to give away two of the prints they just sent me. I’ll sign them and put them in the mail to you, anywhere in the world, with my thanks for being part of this great community.

*UPDATED Nov. 13/14 – The comments are now closed and the winners drawn. Brooke Reynolds and Tom Kostes, you’ll be hearing from me.

All you have to do is go check out Artifact Uprising, then leave a comment here on the blog (RSS readers, you’ll have to click through to the actual blog, sorry).  I’m leaving to photograph polar bears next week and there will be some blog maintenance done over that time (2 weeks), so I’m going to do the draw a week from now, on November 15. First one drawn from the names in the comments (be sure to leave your email address, too, so we can tell you!) gets their pick of the prints or the gift card, the second one gets whatever’s left. And all of you get the discount. I hope you enjoy their work as much as I do – might make for some beautiful holiday gifts.

The Created Image, Vol.02

This July we hosted the second Created Image conference here in Vancouver. This time I was joined by Steve Simon and Piet van Den Eynde for this intense photography weekend. Over two days we talked about making compelling photographs – from learning to see and honing the skills that have nothing to do with the […]

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Starting with Filters

Banff National Park, Canada, 2014. I used both a full and graduated ND for this. When I first started making photographs, optical filters (the ones you put on the front of the lens, as opposed to software filters) were common. You’d screw them to the front of the lens and it was all pretty simple. […]

Oct 21st


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CategoryPosted in: Creativity and Inspiration, The Craft, The Life Creative

On Noise Reduction

Cavendish, Prince Edward Island We fear missing out, so we read it all, and listen to every voice we can, seldom aware that by doing so we’re missing so much more. This is not the post you think it might be. This is not about reducing the noise in your low-light, high-ISO, photographs. There’s software […]

Sep 30th


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CategoryPosted in: The Big Q, The Craft, Vision Is Better

Bodies of Work

Another question from my recent Q&A on Facebook. Some of the questions needed more time and space to answer, this is one of those: How do develop from taking random images to working on projects? What makes a good project? When is it finished? First, I think it’s important to recognize that there are no […]

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