Category Archives: Cool Photos

Examples of the coolest photos that we have seen.

What You Need to Know Before Buying Your First Serious Camera

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The rise of cameraphones has had two significant effects on photography. First it has dramatically increased the number of images that we are taking and, secondly, it has changed the way many people first get into, what we might call, proper photography. Before, most people that took a step up to an SLR or a DSLR, did so from a compact camera. These days they are much more likely to be doing it from a smartphone. Because of this, entering the word of the serious camera may seem quite daunting to the first time buyer so, with apologies to our many experienced members, today we are going to look at some useful advice on buying your first camera.

How to Use Lightroom’s Lens Correction Controls

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All lenses distort. Most have some degree of barrel distortion as well as pin cushioning. They often also have other issues such as chromatic aberration and vignetting. Modern day lenses keep these issues well controlled but can never eliminate them entirely. For this reason we have lens correction software. Until recently this software often took the form of standalone apps or plugin for Photoshop. Nowadays, however, most higher end software will have lens correction built in. Today we are going to take a look at one of the most powerful of the built-in tools, Lightroom’s Lens Corrections.

30 Latest Links to Photography Tutorials, Special Features and Amazing Photos

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Another terrific week in the world of photography passes us by as Toad Hollow Photography has been searching all corners of the internet looking for links to the best tutorials, special features, great photography and interesting blogs to share here. This weeks compendium is full of great links to images and articles posted by some of the most talented folks working in the industry today. We sincerely hope you enjoy this weeks list as much as the Toad did himself in bringing it to you.

Give Your Week an Amazing Start With These 30 Links to Beautiful Photos and Articles

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As another terrific week in the field of photography passes, Toad Hollow Photography has been diligently searching all corners of the internet looking for links to the best tutorials, reviews, phone camera accessories, special features, great photography and interesting blogs to share here. This week’s list reflects many different facets of the industry, all created and posted online by some of the best artists working today. We hope you enjoy this week’s list as much as the Toad did in creating it for you.

Autumn Through a Macro Lens: 19 Inspirational Images

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“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all,” wrote Stanley Horowitz. It is apparently the succinctness and vividness with which Horowitz describes autumn that has so resonated with people searching for seasonally appropriate quotes. Accordingly, the macro images that follow all embody, to one degree or another, the brilliant patchwork of seasons that is autumn.

Nothing But The Best Photography Links Of The Week

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With another week behind us, we find Toad Hollow Photography searching high and low online, seeking to find the best links to ebooks, tutorials, special features, great photography and interesting blogs to share here with everyone. This week’s list features a wide variety of subjects presented by some of the most talented artists working in the field today. We really hope you enjoy these links as much as the Toad did in bringing this list to you.

An Introduction to Lens Selection for 5 Common Photography Subjects

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As you dive into the world of photography, it will not take you long to notice that there is a lens for almost everything. For a beginner, a dilemma arises when you have to decide which lens to choose for certain photography subjects. Well, first of all, one must know that there isn’t a single lens that will do everything you need on a given subject. The working conditions won’t be the same every time and you’ll need to adapt and improvise. But, you can generalize certain aspects of the lenses available for different occasions.

20 Visually Intriguing Images of Pathways and Trails

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Paths, trails, or whatever else one might call them, are curious things. In some cases, it’s quite obvious that a great many people (and animals) have walked along a particularly rugged route countless times over the years, while other pathways are deliberately placed, meticulously designed, and regularly manicured. No matter their origin or intended use, trails can be enchanting and inviting or they can fill prospective travelers with a sense of foreboding and mystery. And sometimes they can do all these things at once. From a photography perspective, trails have a lot to teach us about composition, framing, mood, and geometry. The images represent all that is intriguing and instructive about pathways. Enjoy.

6 Ways to Make the Most of Night Time Photography

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Night time photography is surprisingly similar to daytime photography in the sense that it’s all about finding the right light. Obviously, things are considerably more challenging at night, and while it may appear your opportunities are severely limited once the sun dips below the horizon, you should think in terms of having a different set of opportunities rather than having fewer of them. If you’ve been looking to get started with night time photography, the tips below should be of some interest to you.

How to Capture Misty, Magical Photographs: 3 Essential Tips on Timing, Tools and Technique

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The eight to five workday starts. Workers swipe time clocks, dash through closing elevator doors and fight rush hour traffic. By this time in a completely different setting, many nature photographers have already had their coffee while watching a kaleidoscope of life emerge. Mornings filled with fog, a light mist highlighted by the sun’s rays or hovering like a blanket over low lands are a delight to photograph. To effectively capture the mood and color, there are three essentials. These include 1) Timing 2) Tools and 3) Technique.