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How to Motivate Yourself to Carry Your Tripod Along More Often

Cumbersome, heavy and unnecessary are words that often spring to mind when talking about tripods. All of these words are quite accurate and good excuses not to take a tripod with you. The fact is though, in many cases you can get much better image quality if your camera is tripod-mounted as opposed to handheld. Maybe the light has faded fast, you may have seen an amazing flower, perfect for a tripod locked macro or perhaps that scene in front of you is begging for a deep depth of field. These are all shots you may lose if you don’t have a tripod with you. Today, rather than espouse the benefits of tripods, we are going to look at ways of motivating yourself to take one more often.

Pelican's wings by ©Sheen's Nature Photography

Abstract Nature Photography: 3 Effective Tips to Create Captivating Images

Abstract art separates reality of a subject through the use of imagery. Instead of an accurate, concrete image, abstract art instead conveys feeling, mood, color, movement and/or texture. While there is not a hard and fast definition of abstract nature photography, we can apply the principals found in abstract art to create captivating images. Exploring and using an abstract approach in nature photography positively impacts our creativity in 1) composition, 2) use of color, movement, lines and texture, and 3) post-processing. When delving into abstract, a key tip is to bring the focus to the elements of the subject versus the subject itself.

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Autumn Through a Macro Lens: 19 Inspirational Images

“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.


7 Things to Keep in Mind When Doing Travel Photography

When traveling there are things that are not in your control, especially if photography is one of the main reasons you are traveling. That doesn’t necessarily mean that there is nothing to be done. Here are 7 things to keep in mind when doing travel photography.

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Nothing But The Best Photography Links Of The Week

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.

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Hi, I just found this site, hope to learn as much as possible. Hobbyist, off-and-on for many years. Recently got excited about landscape and long-exposure photography so throwing myself into it. I’ve learned more in the past couple of months than any other time in my photographic journey. Who knew there were so many resources?? […]


Hi. I'm a newbie

Hi all. I started taking photographs when I bought a bridge camera on a holiday in the south of France. Love photographing wildlife and people in particular, and really like trying out shots with movement. I graduated to a 3/4 frame digital DSLR two years ago. So still pretty new, but willing (and wanting) to […]


Narrow Alley

I discovered these posters in windows along a 40 foot alley. A shot looking down the alley didn’t do the windows justice so I decided to capture by doing a pano. I worked my way down the alley (10 feet wide) taking 5 shots and then stitched them together. Alley Wall by Dick Brigleb on […]


Weekend Photography Challenge #211 Emphasis

A photograph that uses emphasis of a certain element that stands out or is singled out. Emphasis can set a mood or create an evocative element. Let’s see what you have this week!



Hello, I am a writer, an artist, an adventurer, and a photographer, and a senior in high school. I came across this website when in search for some help with my capstone project, which will be centered around photography (mainly the biological uniqueness of where I live). I got into photography when I began seeing […]


I just happened to have my camera when I went to the bodega for sherry!

Window again? by Duendedelfoto on Light Stalking