Blog

This page is a syndication of the oopoomoo blog – a shared website with partner Samantha Chrysanthou about photography and keeping life not so serious.


Creative Pet and Dog Photography Workshops

by Darwin Wiggett
We’re excited to announce two new photo workshops for pet lovers! Held at the Cochrane and Area Humane Society, there will be live demos in one and a chance for participants to photograph the animals in the other. Anytime we include animals in a live show there are sure to be hijinks so that’s worth […]

Wag Wednesdays (and help for the Cochrane and Area Humane Society)

by Darwin Wiggett
If you are a member of the oopoomoo Creatives Facebook group you already know that every Wednesday we encourage people to post creative photos of their pets (or anything else with a tail that could be wagged, wiggled or waved). To participate, just post your photo to our group with the hashtag #wagwednesdays – once […]

The Best of oopoomoo Creatives 2016

by Samantha Chrysanthou
We are thrilled to showcase the best work of our oopoomoo Creatives Facebook group. This group of our students, friends and colleagues have produced creative and thoughtful work over the course of 2016. We are proud of their creative vision… most of the pictures were not taken at far off places or in iconic locations […]

Photography with Meaning – What Do You Do for Exposure?

by Darwin Wiggett
If you’ve been in photography long enough you’ll get a request from someone to use your pictures in exchange for ‘exposure’. What that means is they want the benefits of your fine photos but don’t want to pay you. Having the privilege of them publishing your photo is reward enough… or so they say. The […]

The Camera Club Rules of Photography – Do they Stifle Creativity?

by Darwin Wiggett
Note this article was previously published over a year ago in Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine – to get articles freshly pressed be sure to subscribe to this fine magazine! Camera clubs are excellent places for photographers to learn and share photography. In my own development as a photographer I owe much of my early inspiration, […]

Lights of the Season

by Darwin Wiggett
For December we challenged our oopoomoo Creatives Facebook group to interpret the theme #lightsoftheseason. Below are some of their results that we liked best. Congratulations to Drake Dyck who we think did the most creative interpretation of the theme. Drake wins a copy of our eBooks: The Icefields Parkway Winter Edition and Kootenay Plains and […]

Love is Blind

by Darwin Wiggett
It’s funny how our expectations and biases colour how we see the world. Sam and I spend much of our time teaching photographers to shed their visual biases and see the world as it is instead of how they think it should be. By being open you’ll get inspiration anywhere and not be shut down […]

Where’s Your Photography Honeypot?

by Samantha Chrysanthou
Darwin and I have a secret photo place we go to. It’s close by, it’s easy to access and it almost always delivers something. Here are some images from an outing to the  historic Cochrane Ranche site made last spring. We only spent just over an hour, but had a much higher ‘keeper rate’ than […]

The Urban Tiny House

by Darwin Wiggett
Here at oopoomoo we are interested in people who have carved their dreams out of the impenetrable bedrock of societal structure. One local person who has done just that and who is a huge inspiration to us is Jackie Skrypnek. For years Jackie has quietly volunteered behind the scenes in the local food, environment and […]

The oopoomoo Pokie Awards!

by Darwin Wiggett
Anyone who has been to oopoomoo seminars or workshops will be familiar with one of the most common compositional flaws in photography – the dreaded pokie. What is a pokie? No, it’s not a friend of Gumby but rather it’s: Little objects that stick into the edge of your frame accidentally. Pokies are not purposeful […]