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November 9, 2020

A collaborative inspiration

By: Natalie Finney

Living in the digital age as a photographic artist is a blessing and a curse all wrapped up in one handy little device. It’s so easy to get lost in a social media time warp. Inattentively scrolling past image after image, not stopping to actually absorb the work, all the while mindlessly feeding an unhealthy […]

September 13, 2020

Leaf Crown Challenge – ‘Making a Portrait’ with Victoria Andrews

By: April Milani

If you aren’t already familiar with Victoria’s work (because it is totally possible you have been marooned on a faraway island disconnected from the internet world!!), she is a Portrait and Family Photographer based in the beautiful sunny state of Queensland, Australia. Take one look at any portrait of hers and you know it is […]

September 2, 2020

Interview with award winning artist Sarah Bultitude

By: Natalie Finney

Grand Winner of the Black and White Child Photo Comp First Half 2020 When the team here at Gather heard the news that the Grand Prize for the First Half of the Black and White Child Photo competition had been awarded to past student and Gather Academy Master, Sarah Bultitude, we were over the moon […]

August 24, 2020

Five Epic Films for Colour Inspiration

By: Natalie Finney

Colour choice in films is not usually a happenstance accident, it helps to tell the story. Colour can set the mood, create emotion, draw focus to things and define characters.   Here are 5 of my favourite films that use colour in inspiring ways. If you haven’t already seen them, heat up the popcorn and […]

August 1, 2020

Capturing Motion With Lensbaby [or any lens for that matter]

By: April Milani

  Movement Twist 60   In week three in my Lensbaby workshop we learn all about movement. Very few things in this world aren’t moving. When they aren’t, you usually are. The slightest movement will change your focus. Here are my tips and tricks on photographing movement.   Fabric and movement Velvet 56 Wind and […]

July 28, 2020

How to add texture to create stunning images

By: Natalie Finney

Ever wondered how to achieve that stunning painterly look? Adding texture to your images is one way to do just that, and can finish them off with a beautiful vintage, weathered look.   Two of our Gather Instructors, Helen and Nat have put together their top 5 tips when adding texture layers  in Photoshop:   […]

July 6, 2020

He Is Only Human

By: April Milani

Meet Laurence Boswell, a fellow instructor at Gather Academy, but also a passionate artist who shares raw and personal stories through his work. Being in front of the camera can oftentimes be a scary thought, let alone opening yourself up for the world to see. However, everyone has a story to tell, and those stories […]

June 18, 2020

Shooting Through With The OMNI

By: April Milani

This month is all about seeing life in a new way. A few of us here at Gather Academy joined together to show you how we used our OMNI filters and shot through them, just for a little fun. This blog post is packed full of our tips and tricks. “Let’s get started!” First off, […]

June 18, 2020

INTERVIEW WITH NINA KLING

By: April Milani

We love to share and chat about who we have a photo crush on. When we ask Kathleen Clemons, this is what she has to say about her crush. “One of the greatest joys I experience as a teacher is watching my students take the concepts I teach and make them their own. Nina is […]

May 13, 2020

Using Colored Gels to Create Emotion

By: April Milani

We are four photographers who came together to share with you how we used colored gels to create emotion in our images. Although we may all have a different approach, our mission is the same. Emotion, Emotion, Emotion! Let’s get started with David Morel  I use colored gels in a good bit of my photo […]

May 13, 2020

Homeschooling and The Photographer

By: April Milani

Shooting through the days when we are uninspired as a homeschooling parent and a photographer. I know this can be difficult and oh so frustrating. I’m a veteran homeschooling Mom, I get it. I just purchased my oldest cap and gown for his high school graduation. So my time with my children has been all […]

April 11, 2020

INSTRUCTOR REFLECTIONS

By: Natalie Finney

Above image by Aimee Glucina If you were to rewind to this time last year and suggest to your future-self that in 12 months you would be ordered to stay home, move your workspace into your home space, and isolate yourself from extended family and friends, what do you think you may have responded? What if […]

January 31, 2020

ROOTED

By: Michelle Gendreau

I have a love-hate relationship with prompts and challenges.  On the one hand, a theme or topic nudges me to think about something I might not have considered and sometimes leads me to create when I might not otherwise.  On the other hand, prompts can generate distraction and send my mind into a tailspin.  When […]

January 10, 2020

INTO THE HEART AND SOUL OF LENSBABY

By: April Milani

The moment is here!!! Watch this video as Craig Strong and Keri Friedman share their knowledge and answer our questions about how Lensbaby University started, find out who inspires them and listen to advice on how to grow as a photographer. Thank you so much Craig and Keri for sharing with us a little bit […]

December 26, 2019

2019 Student Spotlight

By: Michelle Gendreau

As 2019 comes to a close, we thought we’d take a moment to look back on the work that has come out of Gather Academy in the last twelve months. Much of it has been an invisible type of work: building a learning platform and putting systems in place to help things run smoothly, writing […]

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