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4 Truths About Photography Every Serious Photographer Should Know

When starting out, photography looks like a fun thing to do. In the beginning, you have the mindset that after a little practice, you will be able to make excellent photos all the time. Well I’m sorry to be the one to ruin the fairy tale, but that is just not true. Yes, photography is fun, motivating, inspiring and fulfilling most of the time, but often can be frustrating. This is due to the fact that no matter how good you are, there are many things that are out of your control. For one, you can’t control the weather, nor you can do much about it if it goes bad. But this is just an example. Here are 4 things to watch out for.

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11 Stocking Stuffers Under $50 for Photographers

Just a few days left before it’s December 25th. Hopefully all of your online, cyber, mall shopping is done and gifts are already under your tree. If you need a few more stocking stuffer items for photographers in your family, these last minute gift ideas will go directly to their camera bag for use throughout the year.

 These gifts are available at several online stores (Amazon.com, B&H and company direct too). If you’re running out of shipping time, these stocking stuffers will more than likely be available in your local camera retailer too.



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30 Awesome Photography Links to Dial Up Your Inspiration Quotient

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.

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15 Outstanding Examples of Photographic Minimalism

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.

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What You Need to Know Before Buying Your First Serious Camera

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.

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I as far as I can remember has been in love with photography. It’s an art that speaks to the heart.

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Please Critic This Photo – Man Portrait

Portrait by Harrison Knowles on Light Stalking I am really just looking to hear what improvement you think needs to be made when you just look at the image, knowing nothing about specs or what I was going for. What needs to be improved in editing, and what could better in the poses?

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Please Critic This Photo – Fashion Woman

Fashion by Harrison Knowles on Light Stalking I am really just looking to hear what improvement you think needs to be made when you just look at the image, knowing nothing about specs or what I was going for. What needs to be improved in editing, and what could better in the poses?

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Please Critic This Photo – Fashion Model

Model by Harrison Knowles on Light Stalking I am really just looking to hear what improvement you think needs to be made when you just look at the image, knowing nothing about specs or what I was going for. What needs to be improved in editing, and what could better in the poses?

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Please Critic This Photo – Band Photo

Count To Four by Harrison Knowles on Light Stalking I am really just looking to hear what improvement you think needs to be made when you just look at the image, knowing nothing about specs or what I was going for. What needs to be improved in editing, and what could better in the poses?

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Please Critique The Pose and Editing – Holiday Photo

Holiday Photo by Harrison Knowles on Light Stalking I am really just looking to hear what improvement you think needs to be made when you just look at the image, knowing nothing about specs or what I was going for. What needs to be improved in editing, and what could better in the poses?

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Curved perspective

Arches – LR4-7010919-web.jpg by DavidN on Light Stalking but better to follow this link to Flickr: https://flic.kr/p/obgwto. I see this as an alternative perspective, but a real and accurate one, not a “distortion”. I think that the classic, boring, Renaissance straight line perspective with a vanishing point is only one possible perspective – and no […]

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