Beautifully Creepy Photo of the Week! Plus the Best of Light Stalking for the Past Week

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Light Stalking has grown into a thriving community with close to a million people following us or seeing us online in one form or other, every month. In all of the hullabaloo, it’s easy to miss the core of what’s happening in photography on Light Stalking. So that’s why we decided to sum it up for you. Here’s what you missed recently on Light Stalking.

Photo of the Week

water on spider web

Congratulations to Matthew Cicanese for this beautifully creepy photo of the week!  Matthew can also be found on his website, Facebook and Flickr.  You can comment on his photo here.

The Most Popular Stories from the Last 7 Days

The 7 Common Habits of Remarkably Talented Photographers – There is definitely no set-in-stone route to success when it comes to photography.  However, there do tend to be some common traits among the accomplished photographers we admire.  Some of these traits tend to be true for just about any person that is successful at their art or other endeavors.  In any case, emulation is the sincerest form of flattery and in this case it will surely pay off.  Adopting the practices and attitudes laid out in this article will propel your growth as both an artist and a professional.

87 Cool Web Links No Photographer Should Miss – Toad Hollow Photography has done it again, and brought you another immensely popular list of the best photography links on the internet.  As usual, there is a little something for everyone.  This week, read some great tutorials on subjects like sports photography post-processing, working with umbrellas, shooting from an airplane, ski photography and the use of humor in photography.  Some featured photo collections include artistic street murals, breaking the rules of photography, levitating people and more!  Also, check out this week’s special features, a great collection of hand-collected photos, and some interesting photography blogs.

Noise in Your Images? Use These Easy Strategies to Improve Your Noisy Photographs – In spite of our best efforts and modern digital cameras, noise still manages to ruin some of our photos.  Noise, or grain in film photography, are both basically caused by the same issue. Namely, increased ISO.  It is always best to get things right in-camera as much as possible and there are a few techniques for this introduced in this article.  If the photo is already taken, there are some ways to then reduce digital noise in the post-processing phase.  There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach.  It’s important to at least consider scenarios where digital noise or grain can actually be used as a creative tool to enhance and add atmosphere to your photos.

Panoramic Photography – The Art of Stitching – Panoramas are a very popular type of landscape photography.  This article is a wonderful guide to getting started with this form of photography and offers up some tips that can be simultaneously surprising and informative.  Getting the shots right is only the beginning, although essential. The second part of the panorama process, where the individual shots get stitched together, can be done in software such as Photoshop or dedicated panorama software.

What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community

Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – Freedom! Freedom is a subject that is highly conceptual.  Show us what it means to you photographically.

We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum.  Last week’s photography challenge was Crowded or Filled Frame!– Do you have photos to share which show business or commotion? This would be the diametric opposite of simplicity.

Also, check out the Simplicity! challenge from the week before.  Do you have any photos to share with us that demonstrate simplicity via subject or composition?

Other Weekly Photography Challenges:

View this week’s Mobile Monday Challenge.  Photos submitted must be taken on, and any editing done on a mobile device.

We’d love to chat with you! Add your opinions here:

Abstract Realism in Photography

Meanwhile on the plains of Kansas

See World Press Photog of the Year Got Disqualified?

Full Frame or Glass?

Who looks up?

What Are Our Members Up To?

We have some amazing members here at Light Stalking that run the gamut from career professional photographers through to beginner enthusiast. Here’s what a few of them are up to in photography.

Great Shots Uploaded to the Light Stalking Community

old car

Photo by Leroy.  Leroy can also be found on his blog, and Facebook.

farm

Photo by Lisa.

freedom to do nothing

Photo by Lisa Hill.  Lisa can also be found on Flickr and Picasa.

spirals

Photo by lgal.  Lgal can also be found on Flickr.

If you’re not already part of the Light Stalking community then come and join the fun. We promise not to bite!

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