Photo Tuts
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6 Ways to Get Perfect Backgrounds for Your Photos

There are numerous factors that go into making eye-catching portraits. But an important (and sometimes overlooked) characteristic of a good portrait is that it is free of distractions. Any number of things could act as a distraction and it is easy to take care of the most obvious problems like stray hairs or blemishes. But be sure that you don’t neglect the background. Don’t worry if you don’t have a studio and backdrops for your portrait sessions; there are plenty of other ways to include — or exclude — a background so that it enhances rather than distracts from your image.

smugmug 22 10

Creating Your Own Photo Website on SmugMug: A Beginner’s Guide

The market for photographer’s gallery sites is quite a crowded place. Among the top dogs are Zenfolio, Photoshelter and Smugmug. All of these sites offer very similar content for fairly similar prices. Having just signed up for a Smugmug site, today we will give you a brief overview of what they have to offer.

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What to Do With The Photographs You’ve Created: 3 Ideas to Get You Started

Whether you’ve been photographing for a few months or years, one thing is certain. Your images are unique. They are from your perspective, your view on the subject. Your work is personal. The journey as an artist continues to evolve. Over the course of time, friends, family and acquaintances enjoy seeing your work. Since we live in the digital, social media and web-based world, sharing your work starts here versus just sending via an email or printing for the family album. We’ve all been effectively conditioned to seek, learn and view electronically from our computers and mobile devices. The days of using cloth and leather bound albums are no longer the norm.

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30 Unmissable Photography Links of the Week

Another wonderful week in the world of photography has been and gone, and Toad Hollow Photography has been searching all known corners of the internet for links to tutorials, special features, great photography and interesting blogs to share with everyone. This weeks compendium features a wide variety of tutorials and photographs, covering many different aspect and genres of the craft. We hope you enjoy checking out these links as much as the Toad did in bringing this list to you.

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Close-Up & Macro Photography eBook Review

Are you into macro photography? Are you into eBooks? Good, because I think you’re going to love Introduction to Close-Up & Macro Photography by Ed Verosky. The eBook seeks to alleviate much of the anxiety surrounding macro photography by addressing the most pressing points of inquiry and providing the reader with a roadmap to producing wonderful macro images.

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Garden Sculpture

This is a little bit of a random choice. We recently moved from Hawaii and I loved to visit the Foster Botanical Gardens there. They have a particularly good selection of trees from all over the (tropical) world. I loved this sculpture, but it was hard to frame.


Maine – Foggy Autum Morning

Maine – Foggy Morning (revised).2 by dahlia.darlin on Light Stalking


Winter Seats

winter seats 2.jpg by Ellen P M on Light Stalking CC: anyone


Not Too Heavy

<iframe src=”” width=”75″ height=”75″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe> Lilac-breasted Roller. I wonder if I should take the treeline out and just replace it with field?


Different days

1/640 f/8.0 ISO320 at 16mm – Canon 7D – EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM I like the contrast of subject matter but I’m not sure I’ve done the best here. Is it acceptable to have the sun that blown out? How does the balance feel?


IT guy cum novice photographer, owns Canon 600D+18-55mm+50mm1.8+55-250mmIS

I am an ordinary IT guy who owns a D-SLR and love shooting almost everything and every time. Love to hear critics to help me improve my skill.