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The “Best” Focal Length for Street Photography? There Is No Such Thing

“What’s the best _________ for _________ ?” Can you fill in the blanks? Even if you stay well within the realm of photography you could rattle off an endless stream of possible answers. We’ve all heard them, we’ve all asked them: what’s the best lens, camera, focal length, aperture? For birds, flowers, fireworks, sports? I understand this sort of question gets asked so often, particularly by those who are in the early phase of their photographic evolution; it’s natural to look at all the impressive work around you and want to replicate what others have done. You figure if you can use the same gear or settings, you can achieve the same results. That’s a rather shortsighted way of looking at things but, again, I understand it because I’ve been there. To make matters worse, there are those who will happily dole out similarly shortsighted advice about “bests” simply because it’s what works for them, not because there is any objective, universal truth to it.

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10 tips 26 3

10 Basic Day to Day Techniques to Improve Your Photography

Photography is a lifelong learning experience. Even the best of the best will tell you that they still have much to learn. This is, perhaps, doubly so in the digital era where new ideas and techniques are constantly evolving. If you are just starting out in photography, all this information can seem overwhelming. So, today, we are going to take a look at ten everyday, very simple techniques to improve your images.

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How Photographers See the World Differently

Have you ever thought about how photography impacts you? I’m not referring to the business side but the personal side. Something inspired us to pick up the camera at some point in our lives. When you used it for first time, did you already know that you would have the eye, the passion for photography? Did the desire to be behind the lens occur after seeing one of your first photos or did it evolve over time?

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What are Smart Objects in Photoshop CC and How to Use Them in Your Photo Editing

A very powerful and yet often forgotten function within Photoshop CC are Smart Objects. Smart Objects were originally created for graphic design use and introduced in Photoshop CS2. Since then, they have evolved into an extremely useful tool for photographers. One of their major uses is their ability to allow non destructive editing not only of the images but also of filters applied to an image. In this article we will take a look at some things that you can do with Smart Objects.

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Coolest Photography Links of the Week: Tutorials, Reviews, Great Photography and More

The photography world is vibrant and alive right now with many artists and visionaries active in creating and sharing great images online. Toad Hollow Photography has been busy searching all over the internet, looking for links to some of the best tutorials, special features and great photography to share here with everyone. We hope you enjoy checking out these amazing posts and pictures as much as the Toad did himself in bringing this list to you.

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Koi Love

ISO 200; 55mm; f7.1; 1/125 Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS Many koi in this pond but these two like swimming together. Any suggestions appreciated.


Cat Nap

20150326-Chino Car Show 386.jpg by dtmacias on Light Stalking



I titled this photograph “Winter” it was taken at a local Lake (Hillsdale Lake Kansas) open for critique. Nikon D600 Nikon 28-70mm 45mm f/7.1 1/200s ISO-100 Shortrun


Oh the freckles….

Canon 70D, 50mm 1/3200 at f3.2 ISO400 My son and one of his best friends on opening day at the ballpark. Hope I am not posting too much. I am just blown away by how helpful this is.


New from Central New York

Hello, My name is Mike.. I have joined Light Stalking to hopefully get some advice and feedback on pictures and different photography questions. I have been inspired by photography for the last 30 years, however the last 10 years has been the time when I have really gotten more serious.



castelluccio.jpg by Antonio on Light Stalking