Photographers are always looking for new subjects to photograph. We typically think of vacations, special events in our cities, national parks, zoos, or a trip to the sea shore when we want to go out photographing. But did you know that practically all of us have a wealth of subject matter almost right outside our door? Have you ever considered photographing farms and the life in and around it? No matter where you live in the world, you can always find agricultural farms to photograph – even in the desert!
There are other lenses out there; lenses that may not be talked about as often, or lenses that don’t hold much of a market share, but lenses that nevertheless are proven performers and occupy a special place in the hearts and camera bags of all those who use them.
Today we are going to do something a little different. Lightstalking has many many great articles advising you about both composition and learning new techniques, in short how to make your images “work.” In this article however, we are going to look from the opposite direction and have a look at why an image “works” by reverse engineering it.
As much as we love natural light, there are times when you have to rely on artificial light to create striking portrait images. Artificial lighting allows you to rework the look in your portraits in multiple ways. From a dramatic look that emphasizes strength and character to a softer look that highlights innocence and compassion, you can have full control over the final result.
The folks at NASA are prolific in releasing mind blowing photographs of the solar system on a regular basis and should be a regular stop on your web travels for a bit of inspiration. But this week was something pretty special when our sun decided to release a few solar flares which NASA managed to capture on film. We could look at this stuff all day!
Artists around the world have long been inspired by the works of Old Masters like Rembrandt, Raphael and Vermeer. Emulating their style has never been easy, especially in photography. When Australian photographer, Bill Gekas, wanted to recreate the style through his photographs, he chose to feature his five-year-old daughter as the subject. The results are amazing.
Photography is such a huge industry that there are always great deals happening around the place. The problem is that it’s easy to miss them unless you’re really putting some time into searching them out. Well, this post is a bit of an experiment for Light Stalking – we decided to search out the ones we can find and present the current deals in the world of photography and some offers that are ending.
The internet has been a busy place this week in the world of photography and Toad Hollow Photography has been searching all corners looking for the best links to share here. This week’s list features some really interesting tutorials, reviews, special features, great photography and interesting blogs for the avid photography enthusiast.
You’ve seen it on the spec sheets for cameras you considered purchasing, you’ve read about it on one photography blog after another, and you’ve heard your photographer friends talk about it — shooting raw. But do you know what it is? What implications it has for your images and whether you should be doing it?
Once upon a time during the film era of photography…photographers had to keep a light meter handy at all times so they could take readings to get proper exposures. Experimenting on-scene was simply out of the question; it was expensive and time consuming. Being caught without a light meter — or several other pieces of gear that we take for granted in modern times — meant trouble; but just in case that ever happened, photographers devised various principles and guidelines designed to help them navigate their fully manual cameras. Among the most famous of those guidelines is the “sunny 16 rule.”