Seen by nearly a million photographers each and every month, Light Stalking has grown into one of the top online resources for photography. Nearly every day we publish an article or two and many photos and topics for discussion are posted to the forums by users. When you take all this into account and add in the busyness we all face every day in our lives, it's easy to see how important content can be missed. So, we have decided to sum it all up for. Here is what you may have missed this week on Light Stalking.
Photo of the Week
Congratulations to Light Stalking (our admin) for this stunning photo of the week, ‘Peacock’! Light Stalking can be found on…well Light Stalking! as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. You can comment on this photo here.
The Most Popular Stories from the Last 7 Days
•This Many Great Photography Links May Cause Uncontrollable Happiness – Toad Hollow Photography has done it again. Each week he scours the internet looking for the best photography tutorials, reviews, photos and photography blogs. Since there is so much happening in the world of photography at all times, he never fails to find amazing content to share with you. This week, be sure to check out tutorials on available light portraits, a favorite photography quote from Eddie Adams, getting started with split-toning, reducing noise in your photos with median blending and more! Special features this week include black and white winter mornings in Montreal and the mysterious racetrack playa in Death Valley. Also, be sure to check out the image collections, photos and interesting blogs which were collected for you by Toad Hollow Photography.
•A Brief History of Canon – A recent article on Light Stalking focused on the history of Nikon. Now the focus is on Nikon's biggest rival, Canon. This article briefly walks you through the history of Canon, which wasn't named until 1935, and ends with the Canon EOS-D30. These days Nikon and Canon are at the top of the photography food chain, and there are serious proponents of both brands. However, rather than argue over which brand is better, as photographers we can simply enjoy the fruits of 4 decades of technical competition.
•How to Effectively Deal With Your Photography Critics – Anybody working in any serious artistic capacity, whether you're earning a living from it or not, is no stranger to criticism. Critics may be an unnecessary evil in some sectors of the photography world, but that doesn't make them right. Are you happy with your own work? If so, that's all that really matters. There are also those people who simply wander around the internet spreading their mean-spirited negativity as they go. There may be many psychological mechanisms at play in this case, but whatever the reason, it is best to just ignore them and not let them get under your skin.
•Basic Lighting for Portrait Photography by Ed Verosky – This book review highlights this easy to follow and non-militant portrait photography book by Ed Verosky. While some guides to lighting in portrait photography tend to be too vague, and others too technical, this book hits the “sweet spot” and manages to lay everything out in a step-by-step manner while still encouraging creativity.
What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community
Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – Wide Angle or Panoramic! There are a few ways to achieve this. You can use a wide angle lens, crop to panorama dimensions or photo stitching. Have fun and show us what you come up with! Perhaps you already have some shots that you would like to share with us?
We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum. Last week’s photography challenge was Fine Feathered Friends! Show us the birds around you, in your yard, the zoo or anywhere really. Do you have any bird photos to share with us?
Also, check out the Details! challenge from the week before. Details can be large or small, realistic or abstract. The details are often what makes a subject special in some way. Do you have any photographs which show details to show us in the forum? We would love to see them.
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.
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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
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.