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As a special gift for readers of Hack the System web site  I present:

10 exercises designed to help you improve your photography

I teach photography classes and do private tutoring and one of the things I preach to my students constantly is that to improve you have to get out and do some actual photography!

Practice, practice, practice!

So I’ve created these exercises to get your creative juices flowing.  You can get out and photograph in you own city, or even your own home.  Pushing your boundaries and challenging yourself to think differently, look at things different, and go where you haven’t gone before will help you be a better photographer.

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About Me

I am a professional photographer with over 24 years experience who’s passionate about teaching and mentoring new photographers.  Some of the things I love include:

  • travel to exotic places with one of my goals to step foot on all 7 continents (2 remaining)
  • to help other less fortunate through charities and using my photography whenever possible
  • salsa dancing and latin music, and South America in general
  • good food and good friends
  • but first and foremost I live, sleep, eat and breath photography and love sharing my passion with others!
  • …if you’d like to know more, please check out my about page

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend a Photo Walk

I’ve talked about photo walks before and if you’re a regular reader, you may have already figured out that I’m a big fan of them!  But you may still have some reservations or questions about why you’d want to attend, or maybe even lead one.  Hopefully this Top Ten list will clear up some of […]

Using Your Photography to Make a Difference

Every year the Bissell center of Edmonton serves a New Years meal to the inner city homeless and low income persons. I have participated in the days events for over 20 years and this year I was asked to photograph it. I hope that my images of the event will help others understand what they provide and how they help the people who need it the most.

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About Your Tutor

photography tutor in Edmonton

Born and raised in Edmonton, Darlene has had formal training in photography at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. She enjoys portraits, fine art, and travel photography. She is a seasoned traveler having spent time in Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Peru, Thailand, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Cuba and Australia. Darlene loves exotic locales, exotic food and experiencing different countries directly through the local people and the cultural arts.Her vision is to share her artistic talents through teaching “the art of seeing”, and to spread love and tolerance through the experience of truly connecting with and understanding people of different cultures.