Light Stalking has grown into one of the top online sources of information and community for photographers. Nearly a million people each month visit Light Stalking and read our helpful and inspiring articles, and/or participate in our community full of prolific photographers of all skill levels. When you consider all of this activity on our site, it's easy to see how important things can be missed. To help make sure that you see all of the content we have to offer, we sum it all up for you every week. Here is what you missed this week on Light Stalking.
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•8 Common Landscape Photography Mistakes Beginners Make – When we survey a real scene with our eyes, our brains take everything in using all of our senses. Also, the human brain is attracted to beautiful things and will filter out anything that it doesn't like. However, how we view a photograph is entirely different. Since a photo only captures a small part of a scene, and doesn't include input from our other senses such as smell and touch, capturing a compelling composition is imperative. A good landscape photo effectively conveys the beauty and emotion of the original scene as witnessed by the photographer. If you are a beginner to landscape photography, the tips in this article will surely improve your shots.
•The 5 Basic Ways to Publicize Your Photography Business Online – Novice photographers who are interested in taking photos for a living often have an unrealistic and romanticized view of what being a professional photographer is really like. Visions of having loads of fun taking photos all day dance through their heads, but the reality of the situation is very different. The truth is, a large portion of your time will be devoted to marketing, networking, writing emails and performing other bureaucratic activities. Don't let this discourage you though. To help you get started, follow the practical advice in this article, which covers the various ways you can represent yourself and build your brand online.
•85 Photographs and Stories That You Will Love – Every week, terrific stuff happens in world of photography online, and Toad Hollow Photography hunts it all down for you. This week's tutorials include how to read a histogram and us it for perfectly exposed photos, how to watermark your photos, long exposure photography ideas, how to attract and photograph birds and several more. ‘There Goes the Neighborhood' is one of this week's special features, which documents the moving of a house to a new location with time-lapse video. Another, and much more emotionally charged special feature this week shows the grief of mothers who lost their children in a school bus fire in Pakistan. Also, be sure to check out the review of camera bags just for men, this week's interesting photography blogs and a great list of photographs from all over the internet collected by Toad Hollow Photography.
•How to Get Great Prints from Your Digital Darkroom – In this digital day and age, we have the wonderful convenience of making prints in the comfort of our own home with our printers. We no longer need to have use of a darkroom and all the accompanying chemicals. However, there is still something of an art to getting a good print. Often, prints from a home printer can have unwanted aspects such as color casts and lack of contrast and sharpness. Putting the information in this article to use will give you the ability to avoid these issues and make beautiful prints from home.
What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community
Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – It's a Small World! Last week we covered the largeness of the world and this week we are focusing on the smallness of the world. This subject is wide open to interpretation. Do you have any photos of smallness to share with us in the forum?
We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum. Last week’s photography challenge was Wide Angle or Panoramic! You can achieve this with a wide angle lens, cropping to panoramic dimensions or with photo-stitching software. We would love to see your wide angle or panoramic shots.
Also, check out the Fine Feathered Friends! challenge from the week before. Show us your birds! Birds in the yard, at the zoo or wherever you can find them. Do you have any photos of birds to show us?
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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 Trevor Barre.
Photo by Dave Cooper.
If you’re not already part of the Light Stalking community then come and join the fun. We promise not to bite!
What We Recommend to Improve Your Photography Fast
It's possible to get some pretty large improvements in your photography skills very fast be learning some fundamentals. Consider this the 80:20 rule of photography where 80% of the improvements will come from 20% of the learnable skills. Those fundamentals include camera craft, composition, understanding light and mastering post-production. Here are the premium guides we recommend.