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Roundup: Laptop Cases


I finally joined the cool kids and got a laptop. It arrived yesterday afternoon, and I’m super excited about all the possibilities owning a laptop opens up. (Working out on the patio? Yes please!). This also means that I spent yesterday evening dream-shopping for the perfect case for my new techno-baby. I’ve pulled together some of the best the internet has to offer, as well as a few sweet local finds!Continue Reading →

Students to Watch: Image Arts, Ryerson


One of the exciting things about this time of year, is getting to visit various schools’ end of the year shows. It can be a bit overwhelming seeing so much new work in such a short period of time, but there are definitely many gems to be found. Today we’ve got a selection of some of our favourite work from Ryerson’s Image Arts Programs and in the coming weeks we’ll be posting our picks from other schools. If you’ve been going to shows as well, please let us know in the comments what work has caught your eye! Continue Reading →

Roundup: The Money


With nearly 200 posts under our belt, we thought it might be time to round up a few of our faves so those of your who are new to the site don’t miss out on all of our earlier content. One of the main topics readers ask us about is money; how to negotiate for it, how to make more of it, how to keep it, how to document it, and so on. Today we round up a few of our favourite posts about handling your business money.Continue Reading →

Roundup: Online Photoshop Tutorials

Photoshop Tutorials

A while ago we talked about Lynda tutorials in the post Knowing What You Need to Know. While Lynda is awesome, not everyone has the money to spend nearly $40 a month for a subscription and sometimes you just need to learn one specific skill so subscribing doesn’t make sense. There are many other tutorial websites (free and paid), but a lot of them are about hyper sensational composite images or random photo effects no one would use for a real job. Here is a roundup of several great websites for quality Photoshop tutorials that teach skills you’ll use again and again.Continue Reading →

Roundup: Five Photo Blogs to Follow


With the holidays approaching, you may have some time to rest up and refresh. You might even have some time to do a little reading. Though there are many photo blogs worth reading, we’ve rounded up five we think you should know about (if you don’t already). But if you have any suggestions to share, blogs you write or follow, please leave us a comment (we love checking out new material!).

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Roundup: Finding Grants

Finding Grants

It isn’t uncommon for artists to fund projects or exhibitions through grants. We’ve had a few readers ask us where one can find listings for grants and granting bodies. We’re lucky in Canada as we have a pretty good granting system that is accessible to artists at all levels in their careers, from what I hear other countries are not so fortunate. However, almost all countries have some sort of public arts grant organization that is worth having a look at if you’re pursuing that method of funding.Continue Reading →

Roundup: Work Space Improvements


I’ve been in the same house for two years now, and I still feel like I’m settling in. Especially when it comes to my work space. It’s kind of ironic that the place I spend the most time has gotten the least attention from me. It’s important to have a space to work that is both functional and comfortable. I know a lot of people dislike Ikea, but it really is a great resource for shoppers on a budget. I’ve rounded up a few things to improve your workspace. The best part is that they’re all under $10!

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Roundup – Developing Film in Toronto


It seems it’s getting harder and harder to find places that develop film in the city if you’re looking for anything other than regular 35mm C41. At the same time, there is still quite a bit of demand from artists and art school students. Luckily you can still get almost any type of film developed, though you might have to trek across the city to do it. Here is a roundup of shops in the city and the film types they service. If you’re not from Toronto please let us know of a good spot in your city!Continue Reading →

Round Up: Renting Equipment in Toronto


One of the great things about art school is access to expensive equipment – DSLRs, lenses, 4×5 cameras, strobe kits – it isn’t cheap. Once you graduate and that access is gone it really hurts. Often times you need a specific piece of equipment for one shoot or something is just too expensive, enter equipment rental. Renting is a great way to up your production level without draining your wallet and to test equipment out before you buy it. Here are some great equipment rental places in Toronto, if you have a favourite place in another city please share it in the comments.Continue Reading →

Roundup: Sheridan College Creatives


As Ryerson Alumni, Eugen and I often feel somewhat biased towards their student work.  To be fair, Ryerson fosters some talented photographers (you can see some here), but so do other institutions. Sheridan College has it’s own share of creative talent (and illustrators, and painters…..), and their student magazine, Travis, is amazing! It’s well written, interesting, and the production quality is awesome. I recently looked through their photography and illustration issues, and rounded up five emerging Sheridan artists we think you should keep on your radar.Continue Reading →