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How To Be an Artist: Following Your Intuition

We love to believe that we are reasonable. We love the thought that we are rational, and that we weigh evidence, and make decisions. But from our brain’s perspective, that’s not really quite how it works. In the human mind, we feel first. The feeling is then interpreted into rational thought. Just like our eye receives light milliseconds before our brain knows what to call it, we feel before we think. In photography, it’s easy to spend a lot of time on the thinking part, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If we want to be amazing photographers, we’re going to have to put that time in eventually. But that doesn’t make us better artists, just perhaps more technically proficient ones.

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Using Vintage Camera Lenses With Ease: 5 Simple Considerations

A while ago, I wrote an article on vintage lenses. I personally adore vintage lenses. But the reality is that they aren’t that easy to use. In fact, they aren’t easy to use at all. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t ease it up a notch. Vintage lenses are being used out of nostalgia and (mostly) due to the fact that they are cheap (well most of them). Added bonus is that some of them are really sharp and others produce unique effects.


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 (, 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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The Tourist

And a second one. Different. Don’t know whether this works, sometimes I think, I think too much regarding my pictures … Thanks again!



Another one I’m pleased to hear your opinion to. Not fishing for compliments here in the shark-tank! Took that in Aurangabad, India, late this summer. Only now am able to scroll through my pictures with some time … Exif included in flickr. Thanks for looking.


Hi from Devon UK

Hello, I’m Ian Duke and I’ve joined here because the philosophy of ‘pictures first, equipment whatever’ displayed in some of the articles I saw on my Feedly reader. This chimes with me although I spent many years selling the equipment. As far as I’m concerned there are very few images that can ONLY be created […]


Late spring light

Just like the way the blurry green light from leaves mixed with blue sky. I’m looking for feedback. iso 100 55mm f/7.1 1/20 sec


What Inspired Me

When I was in the Navy, I took some photos of the Religious parade they had for the Pope in Sicily. I still have them to this day and I retired in 2001


Indio Chiquinha

I would love to hear y’alls thoughts and feelings about this photo. What does his expression convey? How do you feel about the post processing? The composition? Thanks so much for any and all feedback. Indio Chiquinha by Samy St Clair on Light Stalking


My First Light Trail in B&W

Hi all. This was my first attempt at a light trail shot. It was taken with a 5 second exposure at f9. ISO 400 to try and reduce noise. I was not too successful in that regard. I would like to hear your thoughts on how this could be better. I am going to try […]