Don’t Miss This Week’s Photography Challenge (and More!)

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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

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Photo by Mike Dean.

The Most Popular Stories from the Last 7 Days

Photographers, Grab a Coffee.  These Links Will Keep You Busy for a While– Our resident “photography addict”, Toad Hollow Photography, shares the best photography resources he's found this week!

26 Clever Silhouette Portraits–Being creative as a photographer can be difficult, but these photographers pulled it off nicely with these amazing silhouette portraits.

Priceless– Short but so very funny…

A Brief History of Photojournalism– A hugely popular topic among photographers on Lightstalking, this article gives a brief a brief history as well as some possible pitfalls in modern-day photojournalism.

What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community

Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – Breaking the Rule of Thirds!

We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum. Last week’s photography challenge was Leading Lines– Do you have any photos featuring leading lines to share with us?  Also, check out the fantastic images from the week before in Crowds.

Other Weekly Photography Challenges:

View this week’s Mobile Monday Challenge.

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

•Waves

•Which Photograph Turned You to Photography?

•Shadow Play

•Photos of the Photographer

What Are Our Members Up To?

We have some amazing members here at Light Stalking that runs 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

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Photo by Mikell Herrick.  She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Picasa.

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Photo by Richard Taylor.

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Photo by Toad Hollow Photography. Toad Hollow Photography also has a website.

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

Rachael Towne is a photographer and can be found on her photography blog as well asTwitter.

 

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.

  1. html cleaner  Easy DSLR –  Friend of Light Stalking, Ken Schultz has developed this course over several years and it still remains the single best source for mastering your camera by identifying the main things that are holding you back.
  2. Word to html  Understanding Composition – As one of the core elements of a good photograph, getting your head around composition is essential. Photzy's guide to the subject is an excellent introduction. Their follow-up on Advanced Composition is also well worth a read.
  3. Word to html  Understanding Light – Also by Photzy, the other essential part of photography is covered in this epic guide and followed up in Understanding Light, Part 2. This is fundamental stuff that every photographer should aim to master.
  4. Word to html  5 Minute Magic Lightroom Workflow – Understanding post production is one of the keys to photographs that you will be proud of. This short course by one of the best in the business will show you how an award-winning photographer does it.

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