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19 Sunflower Photos to Brighten Up Your Day

19 Sunflower Photos to Brighten Up Your Day

Did you know that sunflowers are capable of growing between 8 to 12 feet (2.4 to 3.7 meters) within just six months? There are many other sunflower facts that you probably don’t know. What I’m sure everyone here does know is that sunflowers make beautiful, intriguing photography subjects. Feast your eyes on these lovely sunflower images, and check out the links at the end for some cool resources on flower photography.

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This Photoshop Tool Can Save You Some Serious Time

This Photoshop Tool Can Save You Some Serious Time

We all love to save a little time, but when it comes to Photoshop, some things are trickier than the others. Getting the right color look to an image can be quite a painstaking exercise, a lot of minute adjustments to colors, hues and saturation. However, there is one tool, not often talked about, that can allow you to make very subtle changes to the overall color look of an image with the use of a few sliders. It’s called Selective Color.

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The Truth About Vignettes in Photography

The Truth About Vignettes in Photography

Traditionally, photographers and gear makers have done their best to avoid vignetting in their imaging. While there are exceptions, the general tendency has always been to approach what we experience with natural vision as the goal. While that’s been done with varying levels of success, there is one thing that you really need to remember. In the right circumstances, vignettes can look fricken awesome.

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17 Wilderness Photographs That Will Make You Want to Go Hiking!

17 Wilderness Photographs That Will Make You Want to Go Hiking!

One of the great pleasures of outdoor photography is simply getting outside and into nature. To be honest, for some of us, it’s the main motivator. So we thought we would put together a small collection of wilderness photographs from some clever photographers who managed to get some very inspiring shots. Check the list of resources at the end of the collection for tips on how to get some of your own shots like these.

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33 Photography Links That Will Leave You in Awe

33 Photography Links That Will Leave You in Awe

Welcome to yet another wonderful week in the wide world of photography!  Toad Hollow Photography has been searching in all corners of the internet over the course of the past week to find the best links to tutorials, special features, great photography and interesting blogs to share here with everyone.  We truly hope you enjoy […]

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Know Your DSLR Camera: What Do All the Controls Mean?

Know Your DSLR Camera: What Do All the Controls Mean?

If you are a new DSLR owner or if you’re seriously considering moving up from a simpler camera to a DSLR, the very sight of a more complex camera might cause you to quiver with fear — all those buttons and dials and indicators. What are they all for? How long will it take to learn how to use them? This post will help you understand what all the buttons and controls on your DSLR camera mean.

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5 Blend Modes in Photoshop Every Photographer Should Know

5 Blend Modes in Photoshop Every Photographer Should Know

Photographic compositing has been with us since the dawn of photography. The merging of two or more separate images into one is seen as a way of extending our creativity. In the digital age, of course, this has become a whole lot easier with the use of Photoshop’s layers and blend modes. Today we are going to look at five of the best blend modes for a photographer, but before we start we should briefly look at what a blend mode is.

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12 Simple Ways to Bounce Light and Capture Better Portraits

12 Simple Ways to Bounce Light and Capture Better Portraits

Bounced light has always been an important component of lighting, especially in portraiture. It gives a little more illumination to the subject and eliminates or lightens unwanted shadows. There are different techniques you can use and these variations are all based on the direction, material, color, and even angle of the object or surface used to bounce the light. Here are 12 different ways to bounce light.

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Histograms: The Key to Perfect Exposure

Histograms: The Key to Perfect Exposure

Many of us will go about our photography without ever looking at those magical graphs called histograms, yet by doing so, we are severely restricting our ability to get the perfect exposure. Histograms are perhaps the most powerful, and often overlooked tool in the photographer’s skill-set. By understanding what they are telling us and reacting to that information, we can dramatically increase the quality of our exposures.

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3 Reasons To Use a Circular Polarizing Filter (Plus Purchasing and Usage Tips)

3 Reasons To Use a Circular Polarizing Filter (Plus Purchasing and Usage Tips)

There are many types of filters a photographer can use – from circular polarizing filters to neutral and variable density, color/warming/cooling, UV and special effects filters. With so many options, a filter collection could grow quickly while the pocketbook shrinks a bit. Choosing and prioritizing which one to buy first and use may become a bit more time consuming than intended.

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