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Bird Photography: 4 Basics that Will Get You Great Shots

Birds, birds, birds. For those of us who love our birds, it’s not uncommon for us to hear, “I saw a bird yesterday and it looked like…, do you know what kind it was?” The hobby of birding is one of the fastest growing hobbies. Facebook pages, books, birding field guides, movies continue to generate an interest and it leads to more photographers delving into bird photography. In this post we will look at 4 basic bird photography fundamentals that will help you leave the field with some great shots to work with. 1) Think Big! 2) The Right Equipment (does not mean the most expensive equipment!) 3) Effective Techniques & Use of Settings and 4) Understanding their Behavior – Go Where They Go.

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Making Sense of Creative Commons: What Does a CC License Signify?

There has been a bit of a fuss recently over Flickr’s decision to start selling prints of it’s members photographs. There is a potential 50 million images that Flickr can sell but the uproar has come from the fact that the photographers will not see a single cent of any picture sold. The reason for this? The Creative Commons license. Flickr is exploiting this license to monetize the images it hosts and despite the protestations of the photographers who will lose out in this, they are legally within their right to do so. Whether they are morally right is an entirely different question and one that is not for this article. What they are in fact exploiting is the fact that a significant number of photographers do not understand Creative Commons. With that in mind, today we intend to give you a brief overview of that license and how to avoid being exploited by it.

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2 Easy Ways to Capture Brilliant Starbursts in Your Photographs

Have you ever wondered how photographers are able to depict lights with a star effect along piers, boardwalks or a sunrise with trailing rays peering through beams? One easy way is with a star filter. The other requires a simple technique using the light, the camera and the aperture (f/stop) settings. Either way, the stars are within your reach (couldn’t resist the pun). Examples of lights that can be cast into starbursts include (but are not limited to) lighted street posts, holiday lights, leading lights on a pier or street, the sun, a candle and even a lightbulb.

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How The Human Element Takes a Photograph to a Whole New Level

When I was just starting out in photography (photographing using my cell phone since I couldn’t afford film or DSLR), I was photographing mostly nature, some architecture and similar things. Back then I thought it would really suck if I was bothering people just to photograph them with my cell phone (hadn’t gone over the fear of photographing strangers yet). However, besides the low resolution jpeg file which lacked details, in every shot, no matter how good it was framed, there was always something missing. Really, I could have the most gorgeous sunset but at the end of the day it would be just that, a sunset, an event occurring every single day.

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These 30 Links Will Take You to The Finest Photos and Photography Articles of The Week

Another wonderful week passes us by and Toad Hollow Photography has been busy searching the internet looking for links to the best tutorials, special features, great photography and interesting blogs to share here with everyone. This week’s list features post and photographs from some of the finest artists working in the field today, and we really hope you enjoy checking out these links as much as the Toad did in bringing them to you.

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I am a female hobby photographer and commute between Turkey and Germany. I’m fascinated the possibilities of digital photography. I like to have further treatment on toast. There are many pictures that I like, some I admire for their performance demands, its subject, its atmosphere or statement


I got the shootfever and I'm addicted to my RX100II

I’m Stefan, I travel around the world and love to take pictures. My favorites are landscapes and night shots. Having limited luggage as Backpacker I learn every day to squeez more out of my compact camera Sony RX100II. Following the basic principle, knowledge is more than just heavy equipment. All my top 5 can be […]


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Hi, I am new to this forum, so apologies for any mistakes in procedure. I just thought that I would dip my toe in the Shark Tank, to see whether I am thick skinned enough to take any criticism! raindrenchedleaves2_edited-1irf – Version 2.jpg by billbir on Light Stalking


Hi I'm Kai

I got interested in photography because there’s once I went out hiking with a friend, we met a snake, and he took a photo of the snake. The snake photo is so beautiful that I decided to buy a real camera (instead of using iPhone). So I bought a Fuji X-e2 18-55mm 2.8-4 kit. I’m […]



Merry Xmas to one and all! The final “Photo of the Week” for this year is from [email protected] AKA @simonbendi-co-uk. Check out this wonderful shot titled “Little lottie”. Simon adds: Skiing last week I managed to get my reluctant daughter to pose for about 2 seconds during a heavy snow fall. Ive not done a […]



Cycle.jpg by Ritz on Light Stalking Camera- Cannon 1100D Exposure time – 1/100s F-stop – f/5 ISO – 800


Starting to explore my camera(Moto X Camera)

Animals Stills CC: @ritz