Light trails are an ever-popular photographic treat. The long, flowing streams of illumination can add some serious flair to just about any night scene, particularly night scenes shot in busy, high traffic areas. Even better, light trail images are easy to create. All you need is a camera with manual controls, a tripod (or some other way to stabilize your camera), and a little knowledge of how to manipulate shutter speed to your advantage.
I was brought up in the days of film, the days of one hour mini lab printing on the high street of every small town, a time when having a physical print or slide sent shiver of satisfaction down your spine. But don’t get me wrong. I think digital is, quite frankly, superb. The problem is that in today’s instant, digital world, we tend to look at our images on a computer monitor or an iPad. This post will convince you to print your photos.
Macro photography is also referred to as ‘extreme close up photography’. Macro photography personalizes images by introducing an awareness to details that may go unnoticed in real life or on a typical photograph. Beautiful macro photography begins with the artist’s own imagination in how they see their subject. There’s also the technical side to it which is necessary to capture and bring the image to life.
Like HDR, sepia or selective color, creating panoramas is one of those trends that seems to get in and out of fashion. They are better suited to print rather than the computer monitor but one thing that does remain is their ability to impress and engage the viewer, especially when printed big. Today we are going to show you how to stitch together panoramas using Photoshop.
The topic of color relationships in photography is somewhat akin to the topic of composition in that there are no set-in-stone rules governing these issues, yet there are plenty of useful guidelines that some photographers like to adhere to. Color relationships are essentially a set of principles or guidelines that serve to provide a deeper insight into how two or more colors interact from an aesthetic point of view.
There is an old convention among landscape photographers that getting an interesting foreground is a very desirable element in a lot of landscape photographs. From the shots below, you can certainly see why that would be. But what do you look for in a good landscape foreground and how do you go about shooting it well? Here are some things to think about to get your landscape foregrounds rocking.
This hand curated selection of links was selected carefully by Toad Hollow Photography during the week to reflect the very best the world of photography has published recently. This weeks list features a great selection of tutorials, special features, great photography and interesting blogs for everyone to enjoy. We sincerely hope you love exploring these links as much as the Toad did himself in bringing this list to you.
Many of us have often wondered how the world looks from the perspective of small insects and reptiles. At the level of snails, mantises and lizards, barely an inch from the ground, the world can look truly fascinating. If you’ve read Alice in Wonderland or if you have a good imagination, you can already picture where we are headed to. A world called Wonderland.
Silver Efex Pro is a fast, efficient plug-in offering many black-and-white creative dimensions. “Master the art of black-and-white photography with darkroom inspired controls” is the tagline of Silver Efex Pro, which is a part of Google’s Nik Collection. Silver Efex Pro includes thirty eight different presets that are simply just fun and easy to use. Here is a review of the plugin.
Many of us, when we commence our journey into photography, pay scant regard to the technical side of image making. Chief among those is the exposure triangle, the invisible but vital bond between shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Each of the trinity have unique capabilities to change the way your image looks and today we will take a look at what the shutter speed does to your shots.