Holiday songs and jingles, decorative sights and sounds – holidays are here! It’s been sung as the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” for many reasons. The beautiful colors and soon-to-be memories of the season present a palette of holiday photography moments. From city sidewalks, neighborhoods, decorated trees to festive reds and greens in nature, holiday photography ideas are all around us. So take a pause from the online, cyber and mall shopping. It’s time to grab your camera and embrace the season.
For a little inspiration and encouragement of the happy holiday spirit, check out these traditional and not-so-traditional holiday images to get you started. We’ve included 1) Holiday Decorations, 2) Holiday Reflections, 3) City Sidewalks, 4) Warm Climate Cheer which sounds pretty nice right now as it is 28 degrees in Michigan with gray skies, 5) Winter Wonderland Scenes and not to be forgotten our 6) Friends, Family and Pets.
As another week passes us by Toad Hollow Photography has been busy searching the internet for links to the best tutorials, special features, great photography and interesting blogs to share here with everyone. This week’s list features a wide variety of topics and images, created by some of the best artists working in the field today. We truly hope you enjoy checking out these links as much as the Toad did in bringing this list to you.
Less is more. It has become a rather trite expression, but that doesn’t make it any less true. There are times when creative works benefit by being constructed from only the bare essentials, no extraneous stuff. No distractions. Minimalism, or the use of stripped-down design elements, is about, as comedian Bob Newhart once declared, “saying the most with the least.” It’s not always necessary to fill the frame in order to make an interesting photograph. To be sure, minimalism is wide open to interpretive flourishes; macro, negative space, and abstract photography can also be minimalist photography. This a highly effective artistic strategy, beautifully demonstrated in the images in this post.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.