Welcome to my blog, The Lazy Photographer.

So what’s the lowdown with LazyP you might be wondering… Here are a few fast facts to chew on:

I started out as a pure street photographer but I currently consider myself more of a documentary photographer.

How it all started: After being laid off from a job that was pretty much sucking the life out of my anyway, I decided to pick up this old Panasonic point & shoot camera (LZ2 – 5 megapixels – 6x zoom) I had tucked away in a drawer and take the summer off to learn what to point it at. To my inexperienced eye at the time, everything I shot was exciting, new and original, worthy of adorning the walls of Buckingham palace no less. Looking back on those old photos, they were mostly shit.

That’s where the idea for The Lazy Photographer came from, from me taking a summer off work to learn photography rather than finding a new job right away. Sure seemed like a lazy thing to do. Sure glad I did it. 

It wasn’t long before I decided to upgrade to a DSLR. After spending months pouring over photography magazines like a 13 year old who found his dad’s old Playboys, and agonizing about which camera I was going to adopt as my new baby, I ended up with a Canon T2i (aka 550D) with a very sharp and fast Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 lens to point at stuff.

Not soon after, I bought another amazingly sharp and fast, and WIDE, Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 lens. To round off the system I purchased a nice Canon 55-250mm F4-5.6 lens for longer zooms. I really enjoyed that camera system and would recommend those lenses in a heartbeat.

Back in the fall of 2012 I upgraded again to a full frame Canon 5D Mrk III with a 24-105 F4 L glass lens. I also bought a 50mm F1.4 prime lens. What a camera, is all I can say. I sold off my older T2i and those sweet sharp lenses and began shooting exclusively with the big boy camera.

In the spring of 2015 I added a wide angle lens to my family. A Canon 16-35 f4 IS L glass lens. Very sharp and wide.

In the fall of 2016 I bought a Fuji X Pro 2, which is a small rangefinder style camera. Some call it a poor man’s Leica. Along with the camera I bought a 23mm f2 prime lens (35mm full frame equivalent) and a 14mm f2.8 wide prime (21mm full frame equivalent). I’ve since purchased an 18mm f2 prime (27mm full frame equivalent), which remains on the camera most of the time. Nowadays I’m shooting street with the Fuji exclusively. I do use the Canon for paid gigs, though. They rarely come up.

I’ve taken a couple of short photography courses, but most of what I’ve learned has come from reading and the interwebby thing, along with a lot of practice. 

I ended up shooting for a local magazine for a while but have since moved on. I’ve also sold photos for private and commercial use. I sold one of my photos for use in a Nike ad, which was pretty darn cool. I won a small photography contest and was runner up on four other occasions. In 2012 I had my first exhibition where I showcased 29 of my favourite photos at The Beacher Cafe in a neighbourhood known as The Beaches here in Toronto. It was very well received and I sold four prints. 

I’ve published a book of photography and am currently working on a at least three follow-up books.

In August of 2018 I had an article published in Petapixel, an online photography magazine. You can check it out here, if you like: Street Photography and Photographing Children

I’m also an Admin for two street photography group pages on Facebook: Toronto Street Photography and Canadian Street Photographer.

About Me:

  • I live in the east beaches of Toronto, Canada
  • No girlfriend, sadly.
  • My other hobby is creative writing – poetry, short stories, et
  • I am also a freelance writer/editor – articles, marketing material, web content, etc.
  • I am an avid reader and at one time collected rare and limited-edition books
  • I play guitar, poorly.
  • My dream is to one day shoot a documentary.
  • I own a laundry hamper and am not afraid to use it.
  • I love lobster but could never drop a live one in a pot of boiling water.


  • Don’t get too caught up about what gear to use. In the end it’s not the camera that makes you a better photographer but experience. Simply, go out as often as you can and shoot. The more you shoot the better you’ll get. Basically like everything else in life, right?
  • Join a group of like minded folks who can help you learn how to take better photos.
  • Focus on composition.
  • Focus on understanding the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Once you’ve got that down, the rest becomes pretty easy.
  • Don’t photograph people from behind without a very good reason, one that’s easy to see by your viewers.
  • Shoot wide and get close to your subjects. Telephoto lenses in street photography should be avoided.

Follow Me:

I really like hearing from people, so please don’t be shy about leaving a comment or criticism.

So that’s about it for now. I might add more information as I think of it. If you enjoy my blog, please consider adding me to your blogroll.


86 Responses to About

  1. celtwitnes says:

    I really enjoy the content and material on your site, not to mention the design. I’m looking forward to future posts! ~ Sue


  2. Sandra says:

    Awesome blog! Great photos and interesting point of view.

    • davecandoit says:

      Thank you Sandra. That’s very kind of you to say. Hope you drop by again. I checked out your blog and you’ve got some great photos on it. Keep up the good work. I’ll drop by for a look again soon.

  3. y says:

    wow, i just learned a little bit more about you today (smile). still just Dave, eh?

  4. y says:

    i also can’t tell which is your newest creative writing.

  5. I love all your photos and your creative approach to photography!

  6. Just dicovered your blog today, and was impressed! I love your “vision” and your approach to composition!
    I’ll be dropping by again.

  7. John Griggs says:

    Dave, I’ve linked your blog from the “blog roll” on my blog (which I call “Blogs from other Colleagues” because “blog roll” sounds like something you have with coffee, lol).

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  9. lhalc479 says:

    I am new to blogging and I found your site today. I love it, great photography!

    • Hi Lydia. Thanks for dropping by today. I like the portraits on your new blog. Very nice. Hope you pop by again.
      I post pretty much every day, usually twice daily. There’s a “Sign Me Up” button just below the last post on the main page where you subscribe to my blog and receive emails each time I post with a link to the post. Just thought I’d draw your attention to it, in case you might be interested.

  10. Jerome Daly says:

    I still don’t understand the “Lazy” part, Dave… you are very talented with a camera!

  11. didex says:

    I Like Your Blog,,,, Great Job friend… Glad To Know You….

    • Thanks very much Didex. Hope your come again. I’ll be popping by your blog from time to time, also. It’s interesting to see photos from Sumatra. I can’t even imagine what life there is like.

  12. Marlies says:

    Interesting site, lacks star rating for us to leave feedback!

    • Thanks. I used to have the star rating activated but found every photo would get a single star. I began to assume someone was horsing around with me so I shut it down. If they want to say something negative about my photos, then man up and make a comment, I say. I’m a big boy and can take it. 🙂

      • Lucy says:

        My husband had a blog for a couple of years (decided to stop when he found himself updating it every night and losing 4 hours of sleep).
        Same thing happened to him with the star ratings but he discovered that after a month or so the pesky intruders where gone, ratings enabled and all was fine.

        • Yeah, you’ve got to really be careful not to get sucked into the whole blogosphere. I try to manage myself but sometimes all that works is simply turning off the computer.

          Maybe I’ll turn it back on at some point. Frankly, I prefer comments so I can acknowledge them and show my appreciation.

          Thanks again for dropping by.

  13. Enjoyed the presence of your site, especially the photographs! Going to rummage through your site.


  14. Stumbled upon your blog today and was very impressed with your work. Love your photography! Im new to photography and blogging so it’s nice to check out other peoples work. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

  15. Jacob says:

    I just wanted to let you know about photoblogs.com. It’s a fast growing community for photography bloggers, and is a great way to get some exposure for your photoblog. Anyway, just visit http://www.photoblogs.com if you’re interested in signing up.

  16. Your pictures are great. You are very talented. Looking forward to seeing more 🙂

  17. boonlee89 says:

    Hi Lazy Photographer, you have a very nice blog here. love you photos! can’t wait to see more 🙂

  18. very nice work… i may be that old guy standing in the doorway…

  19. EvilPoet says:

    I’ve enjoyed your blog very much! Thanks for sharing your talents so people like me can enjoy your works! 🙂

  20. italsista says:

    I really enjoyed reading some of your poetry. The Party is one of my favourites… thanks for sharing.

  21. aimee says:

    Hello, love your photography and would like permission to use one of your photos in a project I’m working on. Please email me back today if at all possible!!!! Thank you!

  22. I think you’re photos are amazing and I even went and checked out your Blurb book, I Love it. You’re a natural if you’ve only been shooting for a few years. 😉 Keep it up.

  23. matts1970 says:

    I love your work…funny how hobbies are sometimes more rewarding than careers
    although i sure wouldn’t call you “lazy”


    • Thank you Matt. For some people their career is their hobby and all they do is work. I’m glad that’s not me, although I wouldn’t mind figuring out a way to turn photography into a career. Maybe one day.

  24. scottrandall says:

    Nice site. Thanks for reflagging one of my “experimental” (new camera and gear for underwater) photos. I too am a semi serious amateur photographer and dabble at the guitar – a couple of nice ways to stay out of real trouble….

    I’ll be back

  25. I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You don’t have to play along, but I wanted to give your work another shout out because it’s so good.

  26. Hello and congratulations! You’ve just been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award. I do enjoy reading your posts. There is no pressure to take part, but if you wish to know what it entails, click on: http://n0ts0creative.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/versatile-blogger-award/

    Have a great weekend!

  27. I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award, if you wish to accept this award have a look at my post on how to accept it 😀



  28. Ninali says:

    I nominated you as well for the versatile blogger award. I didn’t realize you had been nominated already, but none the less I’d love to dorect more people your way…you have amazing photos and stories 🙂 http://ninalisnap52.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/photolord-chose-my-picture-and-versatile-blogger-award/

  29. The Pal Guy says:

    I stumbled upon your blog today and i find it interesting how we have traveled and photographed in almost the same places. Cheers

  30. QBAPOLSKA says:

    You’re doing a good job – you’re lucky – you live in a wonderful city…
    God bless Toronto…

  31. I love how your photos reflect various pieces of the wonderful City of Toronto and its moods.

  32. smile breathe and go slowly says:

    I don’t know how to do this right but here ya go lol…I nominated you for a Super Sweet Blog award 🙂

  33. Hi Dave. I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks now. Just wanted to drop a note and let you know how impressive your street photography is to me…..clearly you have a natural instinct for really “seeing” things unfold before you. It’s fascinating to see a city like Toronto in this way. I’m looking forward to visiting your blog more often for inspiration. I don’t do a lot of street photography around my city (and I’m not very good at it) but I enjoy it. I feel like I can pick up certain insights for shooting just by looking at your images.

  34. Alex Tran says:

    Hi the ‘Lazy Photographer’,

    I just want to say that your photos are amazing! There is another Toronto that I have never known in every of your photo. Lucky me that I dropped by your blog today. My friend and I are starting up Chase Toronto – a community arts project in Toronto that aims to promote photography, inspire youth and give back to the community. Even though we are very passionate for community projects and photography, as business students, we don’t have a lot of arts background. Therefore, we really need the advice and consultation from professional photographer like you to make this project happens. More information about our project is on this link http://bit.ly/Zwuaf4. Please have a look at it, give it some thought and contact us via email at chasetorontoproject@gmail.com. We would love to know what you think about the project. We sincerely hope that you can be our Project Advisor or taking the Arts Critic position.



    • Sounds cool, Alex. I’ll have a look over the weekend, but at first blush it’s right up my alley.

      • Hi Dave, I tried to contact you via email regarding the invitation to be an Art Advisor for our project but I haven’t heard back from you at all. I am afraid that my emails went straight to your junk mailbox probably? Please check your inbox again, consider this opportunity and confirm if you would be working with us on this project. Our email is chasetorontoproject@gmail.com. Just let me know if you want those emails forwarded to you again. Once again, you are a great fit for the nature of our project. So please think about it :). Thanks a lot!

        • Thank you. I did get your email but have been really busy and also have been trying to make a decision. I’d really like to help out but I’m worried about not having enough time, so I’ve been sort of keep track of my limited free time to see just how much I have to dedicate to your project. Sorry I have not responded sooner. I’ll email you a proper reply this week at some point, if that’s acceptable.

        • Hi Dave, thank you for your consideration and we will wait for your response 🙂

  35. Alex Tran says:

    Awesome! I look forward to hearing from you.

  36. Great photo blog! i like your points of view. i’ll follow waiting for new shots. Best. Gianni T.

  37. I just began a blog myself so nice to hear you started out with a point and shoot camera. I’m enjoying your blog and photos. Look forward to seeing more of your photography.


  38. Ana Jain says:

    Love your photos. and you won a short story contest didn’t surprise me, all your photos tell a story. they say, a picture speaks a thousand words.

  39. Paula says:

    Just wanted to say hi. I like your work and introduction.

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