Nathaniel Smalley discovered a passion for nature that would lead to his professional photography career at the ‘ripe’ age of eight. For many who want to become a nature photographer part time or full time, reaching that dream can be a long, hard road. Nathaniel’s journey can be reflective for many photographers and can help paint a roadmap for others.
Ever seen a photographer in a movie? Well, we’ll leave out the likelihood that it was a male photojournalist in a war zone exposing the “truth” (like no other type of photographer exists) and move straight onto the golden cliches that Hollywood likes to push. Here are a few things that our new hero almost certainly has:
Smiles seem to be one of the fundamental criteria for determining what constitutes a likable portrait. Of course, not every portrait needs to feature a smiling subject in order to be considered good — that could quickly become boring; but beautiful smiles do have a way of grabbing the viewer’s attention. There are numerous ways to brighten teeth and it isn’t as complicated a task as you might think.
As though taking compelling portraits of people wasn’t hard enough, there has been an explosion of underwater portrait photography spreading across the internet that steps up the challenge even more. Stunning images being created by photographers like Brooke Shaden and Ben Von Wong are inspiring others to test out the waters. Here are some tips for you to get started.
Getting good photographs of animals is difficult. Getting good photographs of animals that are notoriously shy and skittish is on a whole new level. These photographers, especially the ones who were shooting in the wild, have managed to get some amazing photographs of foxes. No easy feat. We have put together this collection with a list of relevant links at the end so you can be inspired.
It’s common to hear someone say, “I am my own worst critic”. The idea that we judge ourselves more harshly than anyone else, is merited. But so are that critic’s comments. The artist gets to render judgement over his or her creation, whether it is good or bad. Their judgement is true and binding, if only in this limited courtroom of personal satisfaction. But the story doesn’t end there.
It’s been another wonderful week in the world of photography and Toad Hollow Photography has been searching all corners of the internet in an effort to find links to the best tutorials, special features and great photography out there. This week’s list features a hand selected list, showcasing some really useful and interesting tutorials, a special feature and a wonderful selection of incredible photographs.
If you’re not using keyboard shortcuts throughout your workflow, chances are you’re wasting tons of time. You’d be surprised how much cursor travel time can add up! Life’s too short to spend more time in front of the computer so I’m going to show you how to speed up your photo processing so you can get back behind your camera.
Before WWII Japanese products had a reputation for being seedy and inferior. Sony and Toyota changed that, with help from other Japanese manufacturers. Korea had a similar image problem. Samsung changed it. I think Yongnuo may be the first wave of a sea change in our perception of Chinese electronics. A few months ago I picked up a flashgun and transmitter set to do my own evaluation.
Waterfalls are one of our planet’s most amazing natural features. Whether you’re witnessing the sheer power and enormity of waterfalls such as Jim Jim Falls, Victoria Falls, or Niagara Falls, or enjoying the charm and serenity of one of the smaller falls located all over the world, waterfalls have always held the human imagination captive. Learn how to capture the beauty of waterfalls with these 5 tips.