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Interview with Ryan Dyar and Candace Dyar | GBPW Episode 50

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Ryan Dyar and Candace Dyar.

We’re sharing this planet with other life forms that are – every day – just trying to survive. That, to me, is extremely humbling.

Candace Dyar

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landscape panorama by Candace dyar

We have a special episode for our Great Big Photography World listeners! This week, I’m interviewing Candace Dyar and Ryan Dyar, who both specialise in landscape photography. Even though their styles are different, they complement one another beautifully. This is why we were honoured to have them both on the podcast at the same time!

In addition to taking photos, Ryan Dyar is a masterful photo editor with a unique style. As he humorously mentions in this episode, he’d throw his camera out of the window if he knew how to paint. 

Candace Dyar encourages people to appreciate and cherish nature through her work. Her work will inspire you to improve your nature photography skills. 

We talk about:

– How photography brought Candace and Ryan Dyar together

– How to navigate in the world of photography and editing

– Nature conservation tips for photographers who want to contribute

& much more!

If you’re interested in landscape photography, you’ll love this episode. Both Candace and Ryan Dyar have a lot of experience when it comes to this genre, so we’re confident that you’ll learn a lot of amazing things from this conversation.

Both of these talented photographers have different cameras, shooting styles, and editing techniques. Together, they make a powerful team that contributes beautifully to the photography industry.

Here is a preview of our conversation with Candace and Ryan Dyar.

nighttime aurora landscape photo by Ryan dyar

Q: Have you ever experienced analysis paralysis in landscape photography?

Candace Dyar: I was in Colorado when we just had this epic scene unfold in front of us. I was frantic all of a sudden. I thought, “Oh, my goodness, I’m in the wrong spot. There’s no way I’m going to capture this properly.” 

When I know that it’s something I’m never going to experience again in my lifetime, I worry about capturing it properly. Otherwise, I don’t worry too much. I’m kind of carefree about it.

Ryan Dyar: It’s when the conditions get really good and I’ve not found a composition yet that I start to freak out a little bit.

The first time I went up to photograph the Northern Lights in Norway, I’d never seen them before. Our very first night, we got incredible skies filled with aurora. I had to remind myself to take a few minutes and just soak it up and enjoy it. The paralysis happens more often than I’d like it to. I use that to just slow down and enjoy the moment.

detailed landscape photo of mountains by Ryan dyar

Q: Ryan, on your website, you mention that becoming a photographer led to meeting Candace. I’d love to know how that happened.

Ryan Dyar: It was many years ago. Just like any modern millennial relationship, we met on Facebook first. She commented on one of my photos talking about Albert Bierstadt. I was like, “Oh, she knows who Albert Bierstadt is.” He’s a painter from the 1800s.

Then, like any weird guy on the Internet, I commented back, thinking she was cute. (I didn’t tell her that.) We started talking about oil painters and turned out we had a mutual friend. Via the mutual friend, we started chit chatting. The rest is a love story.

Candace Dyar: We met on Valentine’s Day, which wasn’t even intentional. It just happened. 

nature photography by Candace dyar

Q: How would you describe your editing style? 

Ryan Dyar: Mine doesn’t focus on realism. It’s not documentary photography. If I could paint, I’d throw my camera out the window, but I can’t. I tend to take a more painterly type of approach with my editing. 

As far as the way I handle light and atmosphere, I’m constantly manipulating light in the images, manipulating atmosphere for dimensionality. It’s a ton of dodging and burning. A lot of dodging with colour to enhance light. I’ll spend seven hours working on a photo, whereas Candace is less likely to spend that amount of time on a photo. 


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Taya Iv is a portrait photographer, 500px ambassador, and host of Great Big Photography World podcast.
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