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Five Ways to Get a Real Smile From Your Portrait Subject

One of the challenges photographers face is posing. It’s a conundrum because it requires a kind of authority most of us aren’t used to having: The authority to say if something looks good or bad. So much of this authority is earned and demonstrated to your subjects in the swiftness and confidence with which you pose them. Therefore, photographers spend a lot of time working on just where to place a loose hand, and exactly how a person’s back should arch, or how their legs should cross. But in all this fuss, they frequently lose sight of the spirit in their subject.


Wes Armson’s Photographs Are A Great Example of Creativity in Photographing Kids

Photographing kids is always fun, but it can also be extremely challenging and doing it in a creative way is downright difficult. That is why we were pleasantly surprised to come across the photography of Wes Armson. Wes has some exceptionally creative ways of photographing his own kids and was kind enough to let us share some of his results here on Light Stalking. Take a bit of inspiration from his creative photographs of his children.

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30 Amazing Links to Great Photography and Cool Tutorials Every Photographer Will Love

Another wonderful week has passed us by in the world of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been searching points far and wide online looking for the best links to tutorials, collections, great photography and interesting blogs. This week’s list features a wide variety of subjects, with the hope that there’s something here for everyone. Please enjoy this collection of links with the Toad’s regards.

Daisy Delight by ©Sheen's Nature Photography

The Art and Science of Bokeh: 3 Simple Ideas to Create Better Background Blur

Both bokeh and blur are terms that are used interchangeably in photography. Bokeh comes from the way the lens pulls in the points of light that are not in focus. Bokeh or blur can be good or distracting depending on the preference of the photographer and how it’s used in the image. Bokeh may create a smooth, buttery background with almost a painterly effect. Or, it can be busy, with multiple shapes and colors. Experience and practice enhances the effective and intentional use of bokeh.

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5 Little Known Lightroom Tools That Will Make Your Photos Better

Chances are you’re using Lightroom and getting along with it just fine. But, as is the case with nearly any application, there is always some “hidden” or overlooked feature that would certainly be beneficial if only you knew it existed or knew how to use it. So whether you’re a recent Lightroom convert or adoptee just getting acclimated to a new workspace, or a longtime Lightroom user who has simply been content to use the same few tools each time you work, I will show you 5 Lightroom tools that you may want to put to use on a regular basis.

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Jin Mao Tower

Canon Digital Rebel XSi Canon EF S17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM FL 17mm ISO 800 f/4 1/5 sec Handheld I’m ready for your critiques! <br>Jin Mao Tower – Shanghai.jpg by Albirder on Light Stalking


More about me

I have always had a creative flair and expressed this through many different hobbies over the years… until I found photography. I hope to grow this passion from a hobby to a part-time profession.


The Glory of Pink

1) Exif: ISO:400 Fstop:f/8.0 Shutter Speed:1/40s 2) Exif: ISO:400 Fstop:f/8.0 Shutter Speed:1/40s 3) Exif: ISO:200 Fstop:f/5.8 Shutter Speed:1/40s Took three shots since i was not satisfied with just one composition.. Still confused as to which to keep ….


you make a photograph

was Inspired by Ansel adam qoute – You dont take a photograph you make it .


Unending education.

I got hooked on a Baby Brownie camera in 1960s. Ever since it is an ongoing love affair. I have always been an amateur, and will remain so. Film, digital, DSLR, translucent mirror and mirrorless cameras, I have used them all.


My Photography Journey

I first started observing the nature (the sunset, flowers, butterflies etc.) when I was 14 years and I thought the best to portray it is by clicking pictures. I started clicking with my iPhone 5 and I did enjoy it. My interest towards it became stronger and I got my first DSLR this year (2014) […]