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Photography has the power to lighten our lives, and what a great thing it is to start our days by seeing beautiful images in the comfort of our seats!

Here is our weekly wrap-up – you'll find finely curated photos from the general chit-chat blended with some creative shots from Tersha's 615th challenge on Black and White Portrait! And as you might have guessed by now, some worth-seeing shots from the Feedback Forum as well!

Photo Of The Week – November 7th, 2022

Photo by Pat Garrett

guitar player

Words by Jasenka Grujin

Since I’m a portrait photographer and have done countless formal and informal shots of many people over the last 15 years, I tend to be very demanding in this genre.

Effective portraits depict the person and the particular moment in time rather effortlessly. The composition, lighting, and background should follow along gently and never overpower the main subject. It sounds simple, but it’s not because this subtle balance between the main subject and other elements of the portrait is very hard to find and also easy to ruin in post-processing when trying to make the portrait ”stronger”.

Pat’s photo is a perfect example of an effective portrait where all the elements are in beautiful harmony. The lighting, the tonal range, the background, the body posture of the model, and the composition – everything feels right. Because of that, the emotional content of the image reaches the viewer instantly. I can easily imagine myself sitting by the window in that room and enjoying the music.

Congrats @patography!

What Are Our Members Up To?

Pour some coffee or tea and enjoy our favorite black-and-white portraits!

Photo by Click

striped portrait
An exquisite use of light and shadow to enhance the facial expressions in a mysterious yet unique way!

Photo by Patrick

street musician
Great street portraits like this require social skills and a keen eye for capturing the scene before the act becomes obtrusive to the fellow subject in the frame.

Photo by David Chesterfield

stoned and sober portrait
“Stoned and Sober”

Photo by Rose Marie

street bold portrait
Bold capture!

Photo by Charmaine Joubert

rule of thirds portrait
Superb portrait, wonderful expression, brought all-together thanks to our beloved rule of thirds!

Photo by ElinL

pumpkin in black and white
Say hello to Elin's new neighbor!

Photo by Wendy P

halloween portrait
Perfect for this season!

Photo by Jasenka Grujin

surrealist portrait
In case you ever wondered what surrealism is all about, this shot might give you a hint!

Photo by Bucweet

multiple portrait
“A good friend and her family.”

Photo by Dave Watkins

sheep portrait
“Gone but not forgotten. #27 and Slash. Summer of 2019.”

What You Shouldn't Be Missing From The Light Stalking Community

Valery raised a pretty interesting question in the forum the other day, it has to do with art gallery submissions. Swing by to share your experience or insights on this topic!

Dave stumbled into this spired, amazing texture and light!

spider dramatic lighting

Steve captured this crisp reflection in handheld mode:

reflection in the lake

Daniel got a couple of post-processing inquiries; here's one and the other. Both shots are gorgeous and deserve help if you can give him a hand.

landscape shot blue lake
panoramic landscape shot

Robert shared a photo that happens to be a second-place winner in the “Something Discarded” category from the Lensbaby International Photowalk:

something discarded

The Mobile Monday Challenge is open for sharing some shots! And if you want to see more shots, take a look at the Members Picks, a place where our community shares their favorite photographs from our forums every week.

We'd Love To Hear Your Thoughts

Also, our Feedback Forum got some nice pictures, and is clear that some of you have started building a solid photography style. This is the right place for all those people that want to grow fast as photographers.

Here, you'll get your work critiqued by plenty of well-intended people, but you'll also have the chance to critique your peers. We truly believe in the power of criticism and feedback. Here are some of the most interesting shots shared during the last week:

The Shark Tank is a great place to learn and discuss, so please read the instructions in order to get a better critique experience. Share your comments, opinions, and doubts on any or all of the images above. We also will be delighted to see some of your images. Don't be shy, critiques are given to photographs and not photographers.

Also, don't forget to participate in our 616th challenge on Black and White Architecture!

About Author

Federico has a decade of experience in documentary photography, and is a University Professor in photography and research methodology. He's a scientist studying the social uses of photography in contemporary culture who writes about photography and develops documentary projects. Other activities Federico is involved in photography are curation, critique, education, mentoring, outreach and reviews. Get to know him better here.

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