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Light Stalking has grown into a thriving community with close to a million people following us or seeing us online in one form or other, every month. In all of the hullabaloo, it’s easy to miss the core of what’s happening in photography on Light Stalking. So that’s why we decided to sum it up for you. Here’s what you missed recently on Light Stalking.

Photo of the Week

baby and grandpa

Congratulations to Mikell Herrick for this very touching photo of the week, ‘Grandpa meeting his first grandchild…’!  Mikell can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Picasa.  You can comment on her photo here.

The Most Popular Stories from the Last 14 Days

Enough Cool Photography Links to Feed a Small Nation – Yet again, Toad Hollow Photography has brought you to the best photography, collections tutorials and blogs on the internet.  This week, read about how to create better photos, shortcuts to becoming a professional photographer,and tips for staying motivated in photography.  This week’s collections feature some gorgeous photos of our planet, vintage portraits and photos that look like they are Photoshopped but aren’t.  Also, see some great photography and read some interesting blogs.

28 Cute and Beautiful Photos of Penguins – Who doesn’t love penguins?  This fun collection of penguin photos showcases these very photogenic creatures.

How to Choose the Best Monitor for Photography – Many of us spend thousands on our camera, lenses and other gear.  Often we then think we can get by with a cheap monitor.  However, there are vast differences in picture quality among monitors and you might find yourself looking at a screen which is only capable of displaying low-contrast and poor quality images.  This article will walk you through the basic things you need to consider when choosing a monitor for photography.

An Artistic Approach to Post-Production in Photography Using Filter Effects – While post-production has always existed to some extent in photography in the darkroom, digital photography allows for even greater self-expression for the artistic photographer.  In particular, Photoshop is used for this purpose.  There are some helpful tips featured in this article that will get you started on creating painterly images out of your photos.

What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community

Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – Warmth!  If you are in the midst of winter or sweltering in the heat of summer, warmth is likely on your mind.  There are so many possible ways to explore the subject of warmth in a photo.  Do you have any photos which convey a sense of warmth to share with us?

We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum.  Last week’s photography challenge was Impressionism!– A style of painting notably associated with artists such as Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Au Renoir, Edouard Manet, and Camille Pissarro.  This is an opportunity to have some fun with your camera and share your work with us.  Perhaps you already have some impressionistic photos to contribute?

Also, check out the Where are you headed in 2013? challenge from the week before.  Where do you want to challenge yourself photographically this year?  Why?

Other Weekly Photography Challenges:

View this week’s Mobile Monday Challenge.  Photos submitted must be taken on, and any editing done on a mobile device.

We’d love to chat with you! Add your opinions here:

THROWDOWN: Birds

The Waterfront

What is a Good Photographer to You?

Dead Petal Society

Dragon Flies

What Are Our Members Up To?

We have some amazing members here at Light Stalking that run the gamut from career professional photographers through to beginner enthusiast. Here’s what a few of them are up to in photography.

Great Shots Uploaded to the Light Stalking Community

bird

Photo by Light Stalking.  Light Stalking can also be found on…well Light Stalking, as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.

sunlight on water

Photo by Photographia64, who can also be found on Flickr.

negative space

Photo by lgal.  He can also be found on Flickr.

water drops

Photo by slowsunfun.  She can also be found on Flickr.

If you’re not already part of the Light Stalking community then come and join the fun. We promise not to bite!

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