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An example of wallpaper used as a background. Photo by Louise Docker

10 Creative Background Ideas for the Broke Macro Photographer

If you have an attic, a closet, or even a junk drawer, I guarantee you can create a unique background for your close-up photos! My favorite thing about macro photography is that you can work on the tiniest sets; and tiny sets don’t need too much of any one material to fill your frame. You could create a stunning scene in a shoebox if you tried. I’m sure you have a ton of odds and ends that would make excellent backgrounds in your macro photography, so get digging! Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Sweet Honey-Bee ©Sheen's Nature Photography

Exposure Compensation: Use it to Master Exposure and to Explore Your Creativity

Exposure Compensation provides the ability to make small adjustments to the your camera’s exposure. While our cameras produce high quality images, we may have individual preferences that are just a bit different from how our camera reads various scenes. Or, when working with a subject, we may want to add another dimension from a creative, artistic perspective using Exposure Compensation.

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7 Latest Web Design Trends for Photography Websites in 2014

In today’s world websites play bigger part than a practical communication. They are supposed to drive attention, traffic and sales, especially in photography business. Fortunately for photographers, along with the development of the web, a lot of new opportunities have come into scene. For instance, a few years ago we could not even imagine a system that will allow us to create a functional nice websites without knowing how to code, but today it’s reality. In this article I’m going to determinate the top web design trends of this year and show how they can be useful for photography websites.

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Has the Age of Mirrorless Cameras Truly Arrived?

Mirrorless is a bit of a misnomer. In fact virtually all non-DSLR cameras, by their very nature are mirrorless. However, the term generally refers to cameras with either or both, a micro 4/3rds sensor or bigger and an interchangeable lens system. However it is defined, 2014 has been a good year for the mirrorless class, they are one of the few growth areas within the photographic business. So are we in, or about to enter the golden age of mirrorless cameras?

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A Gazillion Photography Links to Cool Tutorials, Great Photography and More

Another exciting week in the world of photography rolls on past and we find Toad Hollow Photography searching for links to tutorials, special features, great photography and interesting blogs to share here with everyone. This week’s list features a wide variety of tutorials and styles, showcasing some of the very best content online today created by some of the finest artists. We really hope you enjoy these links as much as the Toad did himself in bringing this list to you.

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New to HDR, any advise

I took these at midday with a cloudless sky. Super contrasty. I thought HDR would be a good way to make it work. I think I should take the time to remove the trash can from the second one.


Group Composite

A Queen inspired group composite shot. Single speedlite used on 4 individual shots and put together in Photoshop.



Shot at a local zoo. I’d love to say I got this out in Alaska, but no. Canon XSi, 1/200th, ISO200, f/5.6, 250mm. On-camera fill flash @ -2EV to fill shadow and provide a catch light.


First Photo

Hi, my name is Sharon and I love photography. I purchased my first good camera in 2005 before a trip to Sweden. Before that it seemed like every picture I took was a head cut off or some other distraction to the picture and I wasn’t good at it so I wasn’t interested. Wanted to […]


Paris Pass

<br>France00125.jpg by navid on Light Stalking


Me from Tehran

I’ve been using cameras as a tool to make images for a long long period. I live in Iran, but travel a lot. As a 14 years old kid, I always stopped in front of a photo shop near my dad’s home and stared at old black and white photographs. Some years later, I got […]


catch light or no

I shot this at a zoo. It was mid day and very sunny. This bird was in shade. I used an on-camera flash at -1.6EV to fill in shadows and create catch lights in the eyes. What are your thoughts on this approach? Flash or no? I guess it is hard to tell without a […]