Let me ask you a question: what do you like about the images you create? At what point during your creative process do you start liking what you have created? You see, there’s a principle, something called the mere-exposure effect. It’s a psychological phenomenon observed in people that we tend to like things that are familiar to us. The mere-exposure effect is an important consideration for artists and creative people who want to create the unknown. And for photographers in particular, it’s even more important. We take bits from the real world, interpret and reproduce them as something new–as a new way of seeing. Or, at least that’s what most of us want to do–if we can take our creative side seriously enough, and not settle for what we’ve seen, or felt, or experienced a million times. For us, that’s the question, when we like what we have created, is it because of an emotional process, an inner growth, a divulging of humankind’s secrets, a new perspective? Or… is it just familiar?
Another very exciting week in the world of photography has passed us by, and we find Toad Hollow Photography searching all over the internet for links to the best tutorials, special features, reviews, great photography and interesting blogs to share here with everyone. This weeks list is comprised of a wide variety of topics and photographs, and we really hope you enjoy checking out these links as much as the Toad did himself in bringing this list to you.
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.
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?
Once the first flushes of our photographic journey have worn off, a certain laziness can creep in. This can manifest itself in a slight arrogance that we know all we need to know or that we have the required skill to achieve the look that we desire in our shots. Sometimes it can even be a case of photographers’ block, an effect that paralyses our ability to see and shoot good images. Today we are going to look at some ways to shake off laziness and inject some new energy into your photos.
Panning is a technique where you pan your camera to follow the motion of your subject and render motion blur to the background but capture the subject sharp (see the example below). While it sounds quite easy, it often takes a little bit of practice to master. If you’ve been trying to do a good panning shot, but have found it a difficult challenge for you, the following tips should prove helpful.
The 85mm prime lens is well known for capturing beautiful portraits. Its relatively light weight, fast speed and wide aperture also makes it a superb event lens. However, the 85mm is often overlooked as an effective tool in the nature photography arsenal.
We want you to close your eyes for a moment and imagine the following scenario. You’ve been saving for the last two years to go on your dream vacation; a photographic expedition to a an exotic location, let’s say China. Your budget only allowed a certain number of days, and you’re attempting to take in as many […]
What Photographer Hasn’t Dreamed of Turning Pro? And why wouldn’t they? It’s a seductive thought isn’t it? Spending our days creating beautiful images – and getting paid for our efforts. This is the story of one woman who had the dream and her journey to success. by , on Flickr We first met Lauren Gherardi […]
If you are interested in landscape photography I’m sure you have read lots of “how to improve…” type articles, which are all useful in their own way. But often to get things right you need to analyse what you are doing wrong. With this in mind here are 8 common mistakes that can spoil a […]