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5 Common Mistakes Beginners Make in Photography

So you have had your first DSLR camera for a month or two now and you are very excited about using it. If you are new to photography, there will be a lot to learn and try. Being a beginner in photography, you are bound to make mistakes too. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the most common mistakes and how you can avoid them.

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28 Images of Photographers Getting Their Shot

Sheen Watkins recently wrote brilliantly about the way photographers see the world; the way we feel about our subjects — animate and inanimate; the way we identify and interpret beauty; what motivates us and keeps us passionate about the craft of image making. As Sheen revealed, a photographer’s vision is a direct extension of the way she thinks about photography. It all starts in the mind, abstract thing that it is. So, there’s a mental element to photography. What about the physical aspect? I don’t know about you but I’m fascinated by watching other photographers. I watch them bend, stretch, double over, contort in ways that sometimes seem almost inhuman — or superhuman. I always assume that such displays of concentration are representative of a good idea; otherwise, why get your clothes dirty just for a shot of a flower? Well, to that photographer it’s obviously more than just another flower shot; he’s got a vision he needs to realize. This collection of images is about photographers in action, doing whatever it is they do to get the perfect shot. Surely, many of you will be able to relate.

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30 Links to Beautiful Photography and Inspiring Articles

Another very exciting week in the world of photography has passed us by, and we find Toad Hollow Photography searching all over the internet for links to the best tutorials, special features, reviews, great photography and interesting blogs to share here with everyone. This weeks list is comprised of a wide variety of topics and photographs, and we really hope you enjoy checking out these links as much as the Toad did himself in bringing this list to you.

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The “Best” Focal Length for Street Photography? There Is No Such Thing

“What’s the best _________ for _________ ?” Can you fill in the blanks? Even if you stay well within the realm of photography you could rattle off an endless stream of possible answers. We’ve all heard them, we’ve all asked them: what’s the best lens, camera, focal length, aperture? For birds, flowers, fireworks, sports? I understand this sort of question gets asked so often, particularly by those who are in the early phase of their photographic evolution; it’s natural to look at all the impressive work around you and want to replicate what others have done. You figure if you can use the same gear or settings, you can achieve the same results. That’s a rather shortsighted way of looking at things but, again, I understand it because I’ve been there. To make matters worse, there are those who will happily dole out similarly shortsighted advice about “bests” simply because it’s what works for them, not because there is any objective, universal truth to it.

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10 Basic Day to Day Techniques to Improve Your Photography

Photography is a lifelong learning experience. Even the best of the best will tell you that they still have much to learn. This is, perhaps, doubly so in the digital era where new ideas and techniques are constantly evolving. If you are just starting out in photography, all this information can seem overwhelming. So, today, we are going to take a look at ten everyday, very simple techniques to improve your images.

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Wide angle focus

This was shot with a Rokinon 14mm f2.8 prime lens, the first time I ever used it. I had some difficulty focusing the lens. The light painting in the lower left did not work out well, and the city lights of Fresno, Ca. some 70 miles away were a distraction. Any tips on focusing a […]


New clown in the Circus

Hi the name is Karl i just love landscapes more specifically seascapes and thats what got me hooked. Since then I’ve expanded to shoot a whole lot more and I just love chasing the light


Bright Red Flower

Blossom In the Morning by Dwan on Light Stalking


Hello from a new Light Stalker

Hi all I´m Heino, an amateur photographer from Denmark. I look forward to learn a lot from these forums and from all of you!


Notifications logging me out

@admin you’re probably aware of this because it has been happening for a while: if I access a post via my notifications then I get logged out implicitly. I have to re-logon to replay on the relevant post. @tersha @dchester1001


Garden Day

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis by Dwan on Light Stalking


East African Crested Crane #2

ISO 400; 138mm; f/4; 1/250 Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS I took several shots of him in profile. This is the only one looking at me. I’m wondering if this pose is awkward or do I stick with the ones in profile? Also did I sharpen his crown too much? CC: @albirder