All Posts by Jason D. Little
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?
With so many photography apps available across the two most popular device platforms, it can be an overwhelming endeavor to try to find the best apps. Keeping in mind that “best” is a subjective term, here are 5 apps that will hopefully appeal to a diverse segment of mobile photographers. As of this writing, each app is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Insects can be a somewhat divisive topic. People tend to have clear cut feelings about bugs: some love them, others hate them. There’s usually no ambivalence about it. Naturally, these feelings extend to photography. Whatever side you choose, bugs can be amazing subjects for photographs. And you don’t have to be a professional to catch stunning insect photographs. Here are some tips to get you started.
Did you know that sunflowers are capable of growing between 8 to 12 feet (2.4 to 3.7 meters) within just six months? There are many other sunflower facts that you probably don’t know. What I’m sure everyone here does know is that sunflowers make beautiful, intriguing photography subjects. Feast your eyes on these lovely sunflower images, and check out the links at the end for some cool resources on flower photography.
If you are a new DSLR owner or if you’re seriously considering moving up from a simpler camera to a DSLR, the very sight of a more complex camera might cause you to quiver with fear — all those buttons and dials and indicators. What are they all for? How long will it take to learn how to use them? This post will help you understand what all the buttons and controls on your DSLR camera mean.
Daytime photography makes perfect sense for most photographers; it’s the time of day when they will go about all their landscape, portraiture, macro, and street photography. But there are plenty of others who refuse to call it a day just because the sun vanishes below the horizon. In fact, there are photographers who prefer the night and revel in the creative opportunities embedded in very low light photography.
If there is one essential ingredient for photography, it is light. It really wouldn’t matter how much money you put into your lenses and cameras if they were unable to gather, focus, direct, and record light; your gear would be nothing more than a collection of overpriced paper weights. Any photographer who wishes to reach their full creative potential should make it a point to understand the vital characteristics of light.
Light trails are an ever-popular photographic treat. The long, flowing streams of illumination can add some serious flair to just about any night scene, particularly night scenes shot in busy, high traffic areas. Even better, light trail images are easy to create. All you need is a camera with manual controls, a tripod (or some other way to stabilize your camera), and a little knowledge of how to manipulate shutter speed to your advantage.
The topic of color relationships in photography is somewhat akin to the topic of composition in that there are no set-in-stone rules governing these issues, yet there are plenty of useful guidelines that some photographers like to adhere to. Color relationships are essentially a set of principles or guidelines that serve to provide a deeper insight into how two or more colors interact from an aesthetic point of view.
It seems some photographers have a natural inclination for portraiture; nearly everything they do has all the elements of a great portrait and they make it seem so easy. With practice, one can learn to create amazing portraits. Here are some tips that can help you with that. These tips are less about technical information and more about the practical intangibles that lie at the center of portrait photography.