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Have you hit a brick wall in your creative life? Writers get blocked, photographers get shuttered, podcasters get muted (mentally, that is). Whatever your creative pursuit is, sometimes you get to the point where moving forward or creating your next big thing seems impossible.

On the Live Life Creative Podcast, join me, Dylan, in conversations with both well-known creators and local creatives just like yourself as we talk about their journey in creativity, some of their biggest challenges, and how they overcame those challenges. You’ll come out the other side inspired and equipped to break through your personal brick wall and ready to create your best work.

Live Life Creative Dylan Kraayenbrink

    • Kunst

Have you hit a brick wall in your creative life? Writers get blocked, photographers get shuttered, podcasters get muted (mentally, that is). Whatever your creative pursuit is, sometimes you get to the point where moving forward or creating your next big thing seems impossible.

On the Live Life Creative Podcast, join me, Dylan, in conversations with both well-known creators and local creatives just like yourself as we talk about their journey in creativity, some of their biggest challenges, and how they overcame those challenges. You’ll come out the other side inspired and equipped to break through your personal brick wall and ready to create your best work.

    What I Learned Photographing a 5k in Harsh Sunlight

    What I Learned Photographing a 5k in Harsh Sunlight

    I photographed the first 5k to Fight Human Trafficking held at my alma mater Cornerstone University. It was organized by a friend I met there, Katie McNabb (who was also a guest on the show), and a couple of her friends.

    This was an event to raise funds for their former youth pastor who’s now a missionary in Thailand with an organization that works to free people, mostly young girls, from being trafficked and sold, so I was glad to be a part of it.

    This is another event where I’ve been trying to learn to take photo and video at the same time, still struggling with getting proper exposure. Another new thing that I tried for this was shooting with two bodies during the race.

    These were both good experiences, but I want to help you bypass the hard parts with what I learned from this experience. Take a listen and level up!

    Link to the show notes: http://llcpodcast.dkphoto.xyz/?p=453

    Follow the show on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/livelifecreativepodcast

    Subscribe for free on whatever podcast platform you're listening on, and share the show with a friend!

    Thanks for listening this week,
    Dylan

    • 24 Min.
    How to Photograph Multiple Harsh Lighting Conditions

    How to Photograph Multiple Harsh Lighting Conditions

    Today, I'm breaking down how to photograph an event with three major, and very different, lighting conditions:

    Indoors, outdoor sunny, and outdoor shade.

    I definitely made a bunch of mistakes with this event and learned a lot, so I want to help you skip the making mistakes part and go right to the learning part!

    First though, I need your opinion on something. I started this podcast very broad, covering the whole of creativity as a focus for the show.

    I realized that’s way too much and I don’t know enough to make that podcast, and so I decided to focus on just photography and that’s where we’ve been at for the past couple episodes.

    Since It’s just focused on photography now, does the show need a new name?

    I love “Live Life Creative” as a name and it’s great to put on a hat or a tshirt, but does it fit this podcast anymore?

    Let me know what you think, send me a message on IG @livelifecreativepodcast or tweet me @dkphotoxyz.

    Here's the link to the show notes: http://llcpodcast.dkphoto.xyz/index.php/episodes/

    Thanks for listening again this week,
    Dylan

    • 12 Min.
    Photographing at a Brewery, a Camera Mini-Review, and a Free Photo Editor?

    Photographing at a Brewery, a Camera Mini-Review, and a Free Photo Editor?

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    Thoughts about the photographic direction of the podcast? Do I need a new name for the show? Let me know! Send me a DM on Instagram @livelifecreativepodcast

    This time around we're talking about photographing a Yelp Grand Rapids event at the New Holland Knickerbocker, another great brewery in Grand Rapids:

    How do deal with a beautiful natural light scene that fades at sunset, leaving you with less-than-ideal indoor lighting?

    How should you treat guests at the event, and what can you do to get them to relax around the camera?

    What should you do when a great photo unfolds in front of you?

    Plus, I give a short review of the Nikon D750 (only five years too late) and compare it to the Nikon D7000, my first camera.

    And at the end, I talk about the free, open-source photo editor darktable (the lack of capitalization is their choice, not mine), and whether you want to learn more about using a great free alternative to Lightroom.

    Thanks for listening to Live Life Creative!
    Dylan

    Find the show notes at http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz/episodes

    • 20 Min.
    Shooting at Sunset at Atwater Brewery

    Shooting at Sunset at Atwater Brewery

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    This week in adventures with Dylan, we learn some good stuff about shooting in shade white balance and dialing it back in editing, the sweet, sweet goodness of shooting at sunset in a room with giant windows, and maneuvering around terrible backgrounds.

    I'm glad to see you've stuck around with the photography stuff, and you'll learn more about improving your own photo game with this episode as well.

    Let me know your thoughts on Instagram, DM me @livelifecreativepodcast

    Show notes at http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz

    Support the show on Patreon for any amount: https://www.patreon.com/livelifecreativepodcast

    Cheers,
    Dylan

    • 14 Min.
    Using Flash and High ISO in a Dark Restaurant

    Using Flash and High ISO in a Dark Restaurant

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    Welcome to the second episode of the photo-centric direction of the podcast, hope you're liking it so far.

    If you've got an opinion on the evolution, let me know:

    You can send me a DM on Instagram @livelifecreativepodcast or an email through the website, http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz

    This episode I'm talking what I learned by photographing an event at the Green Well, a tasty restaurant here in Grand Rapids, MI.

    Mostly it was a lesson in combining flash with the limited ambient light, plus a bit about snagging photos of event attendees who are nervous around a photographer.

    Enjoy,
    Dylan

    • 15 Min.
    What's in My Camera Bag & The Future of the Show

    What's in My Camera Bag & The Future of the Show

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    I've enjoyed creating this podcast up to this point, but I underestimated the time commitment it would require and take away from my other projects in the works.

    I've spent time retooling the idea of the show and what topic I want to pursue, and I've decided to veer towards photography.

    I hope you enjoy going on this journey with me. To set up future episodes, I wanted to touch on what's in my camera bag to give you context for my experiences and better enable you to apply those lessons to your own photography.

    Find the list in the show notes at http://livelifecreativepodcast.xyz

    Sharing the podcast with a friend is the number one way to help grow the podcast. Tell them to listen and help them get set up with a podcast app if they don't already listen to podcasts.

    You can follow along on Instagram, @livelifecreativepodcast

    Thanks,
    Dylan

    • 24 Min.

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