Photography can’t be all f-stops and shutter speeds; megapixels and frames per second shouldn’t dominate your thought process each time you reach for your camera. At the heart of meaningful, visually arresting photography lies attitude; how do you think and feel about what you’re shooting? You might try drawing inspiration from a few lessons that can be applied to life itself as easily as they can be to photography.
In portrait photography, it’s not always easy to get the perfect shot. You need to get the right light, framing, angle, emotion, and sharpness. Sharpness is almost always one of the toughest to get right, and that is because it is affected by every other technical aspect of the photograph. Let’s look at how you can get those sharp portrait images – here are the 8 immutable laws on the topic.
Photographer Catherine Opie once referred to sunrise and sunset as “the biggest cliché in photography.” While Opie’s series of photos “Twelve Miles to the Horizon” deals with the very subjects — sunrise and sunset — that she deemed cliché, I think it’s safe to say that Opie succeeded in approaching sunrise and sunset in a slightly different way.
This week’s list of hand selected photography destinations represent the best links to tutorials, special features, great photography and interesting blogs found by Toad Hollow Photography over the course of the week. These pieces are shared online by some of the finest artists working in the field today. We hope you enjoy checking these links out as much as the Toad did in bringing them to you this week.
One of the things we often say about the cities that we live in is that we rarely go out photographing unless we have to. The irony is that these very places that are on your doorstep are often chock full of photographic opportunities. So how can you motivate yourself to shoot your home town? With this in mind, today we are going to take a look at photographing your home city through new eyes.
Panning is a technique where you pan your camera to follow the motion of your subject and render motion blur to the background but capture the subject sharp (see the example below). While it sounds quite easy, it often takes a little bit of practice to master. If you’ve been trying to do a good panning shot, but have found it a difficult challenge for you, the following tips should prove helpful.
Every single one of us holds assumptions. They are part of being human. We assume there won’t be too much traffic on the way home from work, or that there will be way too much. We assume that we’ll be able to pull the details out of the sky, or we assume that the camera doesn’t have enough dynamic range. In doing so, we are putting limits on ourselves. This post sheds light on 10 such critical assumptions.
Travelling with your camera is one of the great pleasures in life. Capturing the sights and emotions of far flung cultures is a great way of learning and understanding the world around you. When you are travelling, photography seems somehow easier, you take more images. However, with this glut of new shots, how can you manage them whilst on the move?
To the surprise of no one, the topic of light is relatively common here on Light Stalking; search the archives and you can easily find plenty of useful advice about shooting during the golden hour, shooting only with ambient light, shooting at night, etc. What if someone among Light Stalking’s loyal readership wanted to know about night photography and street photography?
Photographing pets is a bit more challenging than photographing people. It is due to their unpredictable nature, and due to the fact that they don’t understand what the photographer is actually doing. While it may be challenging, photographing pets can be a lot of fun. Read on for some tips to help you capture better photographs of pets.