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
Congratulations to Alison McDonald for this very beautiful and atmospheric photo of the week! You can comment on her photo here.
The Most Popular Stories from the Last 7 Days
•5 Key Steps to Defining Your Personal Photographic Style – It can be said that as novices we are generalists. This statement is debatable and not universally agreed upon, but the sentiment does contain some wisdom. Every photographer eventually has to define who they are as photographers, as well as why. It's all about creating a body of work that will accurately reflect how you personally see the world around you. There are a variety of techniques you can use to help hone the process of finding your personal photographic style contained in this article. Ultimately, any photographer can benefit from these practices and learn to convey what they see with their heart as well as their eyes.
•The Rule of Thirds and How to Break It – A Comprehensive Guide – The rule of thirds is possibly the most well-known composition tool and is important not only in photography but in other forms of art and design as well. Learning to use the rule of thirds, as demonstrated in this article, will ultimately improve your photography. However, rules are meant to be broken sometimes and this case is no exception.
•Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Self-Portraits So They Stand Out – Most people, including photographers, are uncomfortable in front of the camera and would rather be behind it. Lots of us have self-esteem and body image issues. However, this article isn't really about that. Instead, it's a step-by-step guide to the art of the self-portrait. Learn about the gear, some technical suggestions, composition, post-processing and telling the unique story of who you are with your photography.
•Enough Awesome Photography Links to Sink a Ship – Toad Hollow Photography has done it again. Each week he brings you the best photography tutorials, image collections, photography blogs, reviews, photos and other special features found on the internet. Tutorials this week include using natural window light for portraits, fashion photography poses, using retro props in the studio, and creating a non-destructive vignette in post-processing. Special features this week consist of an article about how to know when it's time to leave your job as well as an article about going back through your personal photo archives as your skills develop over time. Also, read a review on the Rotolight RL48-B LED Lighting Kit, get introduced to some amazing photo blogs as well as a very large collection of hand-collected photographs.
What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community
Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – Candid Shots! Candid shots are not set up at all, but are spontaneous. Most of us primarily shoot these types of photos. Show us some of your best candid shots this week.
We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum. Last week’s photography challenge was Body Parts! – You can let your imagination run with this one. Bits and pieces of the body, both human and non-human, as well as parts in their entirety can be depicted. Please share any photos you have of body parts with us.
Also, check out the Musically Inspired! challenge from the week before. How would you interpret music visually? Perhaps show us a photographic interpretation of a song or photos of musical instruments, bands, musicians and concerts. Be creative!
Other Weekly Photography Challenges:
View this week’s Mobile Monday Challenge. Photos submitted must be taken on, and any editing done on a mobile device.
We’d love to chat with you! Add your opinions here:
•Off-Topic: Blatant Self Promotion!
•Spring has arrived
•Throwdown: Out in the country
•Leaving Your Camera At Home
•How often do you include yourself in your own shots?
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 Drea. Drea can also be found on Facebook, and Twitter.
Photo by MelindaHarvey.
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.