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Light Stalking is now one of the top online sources for photography information and community and we have a huge audience each month. We provide helpful and entertaining articles for photographers of all skill levels and may just have one of the friendliest photography forums in existence. Many topics of discussion and photos are submitted by our members each week. With all of this activity, it's easy to see how important updates and content can be missed. To make it easy for you to keep track of it all, we compile the best of Light Stalking into one easy format each week. Here is what you may have missed in the last 7 days on Light Stalking.
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•88 Amazing Photography Links that You Won't Want to Miss – Each week Toad Hollow Photography scours the internet to bring you the best of what's happening in the world of online photography.
This week's tutorials include a mathematical look at focal length and crop factor as well as a tutorial on photographing orbs. Other tutorials this week focus on building your own ring flash and low-light photography tips for professional photos.
This week's review features the Samsung Galaxy Camera, which is basically a camera with a smartphone. Sample images are included.
Special features in this edition include skateboard travel photography, ants sipping iris nectar in time-lapse photography and photos of the world's biggest shark.
Also be sure to check out the rather enormous collection of images which were hand cultivated by Toad Hollow Photography as well as this week's list of interesting photography blogs. Of special interest to some might be the rather contentious article by Trey Ratcliffe on Adobe's new Creative Cloud subscription service.
•How to Shoot Amazing Portraits Indoors With Nothing But Window Light – For many portraits, nothing really beats the beauty of natural ambient light. While it may seem limiting, shooting with natural light can bring out great skin tones and a good balance between shadows and highlights. The trick is learning how to use it to your advantage. This article offers tips on such aspects as posing, manipulating the light and camera settings. Mostly, it's a process of experimentation to find what works best for each setting and subject.
•Polarizing “Lenses” – You're Doing it Wrong! – If you're still calling them “Polarizing lenses” you're doing it wrong! They are in actuality polarizing filters. Now that you know what to call them, do you really need one? Yes, probably. This article does a great job of explaining what the different types of polarizing filters are, what they do and how to use them. Some people think that you can achieve the same effect in Photoshop, but you really can't.
•Is Your Camera Gear at Risk in Extreme Weather? – If you are a fair weather photographer you are missing out on some great opportunities for taking evocative and moody shots. Learn about the various extremes in weather and how to shoot in them with this helpful guide.
What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community
Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – Flowers! It's summer in the northern hemisphere. Perhaps spring is the most bountiful when it comes to finding flowers to photograph, but summer has its fair share to choose from as well. How about sharing some of your flower photos with us in the forum? We would love to see them.
We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum. Last week’s photography challenge was Roughin' It! This subject is open to interpretation so anything from camping in the wilderness to a craggy shoreline could apply. Whatever roughin' it means to you, do you have any photos to share with us?
Also, check out the It's a Small World! challenge from the week before. How would you interpret this subject? Perhaps it could be interpreted to mean a macro shot or a small thing next to a big thing. Do you have any “small” photographs to show us in the forum?
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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
Photo by Melissa VanFossen.
Photo by Howard Metz.
If you’re not already part of the Light Stalking community then come and join the fun. We promise not to bite!