Photo Tuts
By Felipe Sanchez from Petruzzo Photography

5 Reasons Not to Feel Weird on Your First Portrait Session

It’s common for photographers to feel weird during their first portrait session. Like learning a new dance and being unsure what it looks like, shooting your first portrait session is full of motions you’re not familiar with yet. Choosing, posing, composing, shooting, refining. The question “am I pulling this off” might be looming and producing anxiety. In the hopes of defusing some of that weirdness for you, and assuming your first portrait session isn’t with a professional modeling agency, here are some things you can probably count on during your first portrait session. So breathe easy.

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6 Ways to Get Perfect Backgrounds for Your Photos

There are numerous factors that go into making eye-catching portraits. But an important (and sometimes overlooked) characteristic of a good portrait is that it is free of distractions. Any number of things could act as a distraction and it is easy to take care of the most obvious problems like stray hairs or blemishes. But be sure that you don’t neglect the background. Don’t worry if you don’t have a studio and backdrops for your portrait sessions; there are plenty of other ways to include — or exclude — a background so that it enhances rather than distracts from your image.

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Creating Your Own Photo Website on SmugMug: A Beginner’s Guide

The market for photographer’s gallery sites is quite a crowded place. Among the top dogs are Zenfolio, Photoshelter and Smugmug. All of these sites offer very similar content for fairly similar prices. Having just signed up for a Smugmug site, today we will give you a brief overview of what they have to offer.

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What to Do With The Photographs You’ve Created: 3 Ideas to Get You Started

Whether you’ve been photographing for a few months or years, one thing is certain. Your images are unique. They are from your perspective, your view on the subject. Your work is personal. The journey as an artist continues to evolve. Over the course of time, friends, family and acquaintances enjoy seeing your work. Since we live in the digital, social media and web-based world, sharing your work starts here versus just sending via an email or printing for the family album. We’ve all been effectively conditioned to seek, learn and view electronically from our computers and mobile devices. The days of using cloth and leather bound albums are no longer the norm.

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30 Unmissable Photography Links of the Week

Another wonderful week in the world of photography has been and gone, and Toad Hollow Photography has been searching all known corners of the internet for links to tutorials, special features, great photography and interesting blogs to share with everyone. This weeks compendium features a wide variety of tutorials and photographs, covering many different aspect and genres of the craft. We hope you enjoy checking out these links as much as the Toad did in bringing this list to you.

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Does brown and white count here. My computer did this with a single click of the mouse. It reminds me of the old stuff my dad had in his albums from the war. image.jpg by the dingo on Light Stalking


Nice to meet you

Hey all. I started taking photography classes a couple months ago. I love it! I remember my mom giving me a little disposal camera when I was younger. I’ve always had an interest, but really got going when I got my first dslr a couple months ago. I’m looking forward to meeting other photographers and […]


Frist attempt to get a picture uploaded…

Dubrovnik Old Town Harbour by Graybe on Light Stalking First attempt at uploading an image into the shark tank… Dubrovnik Old Town Harbour evening view. Later versions have been cropped to remove distractions on left. Shame I could not ask the boat owners to move their boats. CC: @admin


Diwali Festival

I attended a Hindu “Diwali Festival of Lights” last Sunday at Balboa Park in San Diego. There were wonderful costumes and dancers. I cropped this photo out of a larger one because I loved her expression. It was a beautiful (almost too) sunny day. Canon 5D MarkIII ISO 200 50 mm, f 1.4, 1/6400 sec


Weekend Photography Challenge#207 Balance

There were some amazing photographs last week midst those who participated. I too love color, a lot! This week we’ll move from the elements of art to the principles of art and throw out balance. Balance can be used in photography in many ways, to get a particular feeling or general sense in any frame. […]



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Garden Sculpture

This is a little bit of a random choice. We recently moved from Hawaii and I loved to visit the Foster Botanical Gardens there. They have a particularly good selection of trees from all over the (tropical) world. I loved this sculpture, but it was hard to frame.