Photo Tuts

How to Compose Portrait Photographs for Best Results

Composing the right frame when it comes to portraits may sound like an easy task, but when you take into consideration that you’ll need to have the focus on the right spot, the light hitting from the right angle and keeping in mind the things you can and can’t crop from the photo, while maintaining the fibonacci golden ratio or rule of thirds, you’ll realize it is far from easy. After you get enough practice, you won’t even notice all of the things you’re considering at the same time. But, until then, don’t forget to include all of these aspects when practising portrait photography.

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6 Tips to Avoid Laziness in Your Photography

Once the first flushes of our photographic journey have worn off, a certain laziness can creep in. This can manifest itself in a slight arrogance that we know all we need to know or that we have the required skill to achieve the look that we desire in our shots. Sometimes it can even be a case of photographers’ block, an effect that paralyses our ability to see and shoot good images. Today we are going to look at some ways to shake off laziness and inject some new energy into your photos.

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5 DSLR Camera Features All New Photographers Will Want to Master

The incredible assortment of buttons on your camera can be intimidating. We’re not talking about just pro level DSLRs, either; even entry level cameras really pack it in when it comes to button array. It can be overwhelming, especially for those just getting started in photography. How do you know, of all the features available on your camera, which ones you should learn first? While some might suggest it’s worth the effort to learn everything your camera is capable of, the more measured approach is to master the essentials first then move on to other features. The importance of being comfortable with your camera cannot be understated; mastering the following DSLR features will help you take control of your camera and, by extension, your creativity.

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30 Amazing Photography Links to Tutorials, Special Features and Great Photography

With another very exciting week passing us by in the world of photography, Toad Hollow Photography has been actively searching all corners of the internet for links to the best tutorials, special features and great photography to share here in this list with everyone. This weeks list is composed of wonderful images and articles, all created by some of the finest talent working in the field today. We truly hope you enjoy visiting these sites as much as the Toad did himself in bringing this list to you.


A Beginner’s Guide to White Balance

Getting your first serious camera is an exciting moment. So much to learn, so many buttons and dials to understand, complex menu systems to decipher, it’s no wonder many leave their cameras on auto modes. Slowly we begin to understand the relationships between all the settings but perhaps one of the last things we tend to look at is white balance. Although our eyes do not notice it, light has many different colors depending on what the source of the light is, and in the case of the sun, what the time of day is.

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walnuts by VALERY on Light Stalking sharpness on foreground walnuts was partly lost while uploading.Can I do something about?


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Windmill by sturtjasher on Light Stalking Although I like this photo, I feel it is lacking something. I am happy with most of the colours/tones and the sky was naturally quite dark blue. Perhaps it is the composition and/or perspective. It was tough to get some leading lines into the image. If anything stands out […]



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Large winter scene

Does this work?


Lunch on the street

Difficult lighting under the canopy, but I was attracted by the steam and the guy obligingly gave the pot an extra stir! Several things not exactly optimal, but in the end I preferred this to a closer crop. What else should I have done? [Click image for larger version on flickr]


Frozen shores of Lake Superior

Cant tell if I like this photo or hate it… (taken with a Canon 60D. 55-135mm lens, ISO 100, f/29 and a SS of 1/4sec.) B&W conversion and some dodge and burn in Lightroom Rip it up… IMG_7175-1-2-2.jpg by Jhenson1000 on Light Stalking