Things are getting busier at Light Stalking as our numbers grow. When you factor in our prolific community of photographers and writers as well as the nearly million monthly visitors that visit Light Stalking each month, it can be easy for important goings-on to slip through the cracks. Each week we summarize the best articles, weekly contests and photos uploaded to Light Stalking to be sure you won't miss anything.
Photo of the Week
Congratulations to annie for ‘St. Elias Church in Brampton, ON’ making photo of the week! The level of detail and the processing are beautiful. You can comment on this photo here.
The Most Popular Stories from the Last 7 Days
•Full Frame vs. Crop Sensor Cameras: Which One is Right for You? – While so much about photography is debatable, especially when it comes to gear, there really are some factors to consider when making the choice between a camera with a full framer sensor or a crop sensor. Neither one is going to make you a better photographer per say, and there really is no need to feel disheartened if you can't afford to upgrade from your current camera. There are some distinct advantages to using a camera with a full frame sensor as opposed to a crop sensor. Likewise, there are some advantages to using a camera with a crop sensor as well. While not an all inclusive list, the points made for both types of sensors in this article should provide enough information to sway your choice should you be in the position of purchasing a new camera.
•When Photographers Tell You to Be Original, This is What They're Talking About – There are lots of great photographers in this world, but when you spend a lot of time each day looking at other people's work it can be easy to become jaded. After awhile, it can be challenging to get excited about a photographer that you haven't seen before. However, a truly outstanding and original body of work can still create the all-important “wow factor”. Wayne Levin has let us share some of his beautiful aquatic photography with you.
•A Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Camera – Most of us love the feeling of starting fresh every spring. We give our homes a spring cleaning, so why not our camera's? Keeping our camera's clean not only keeps them looking nice, but it's important in the maintenance of their function as well. Just be especially sure to follow the advice on safely cleaning parts like the sensor and lenses to avoid damaging your valuable equipment!
•These Two Simple Elements Can Improve Your City Photography Compositions – Some subjects have been photographed to death. There is just no way around it. This fact doesn't mean that you shouldn't still take these shots if you feel the need to, but a lack of response from potential viewers just might be the result. However, finding a compelling and unique way to photograph the mundane or well-photographed subject can be attention getting. Reflections and distortions can be just the right elements to propel these types of photos to the next level, if done well. The tips and examples in this article are excellent examples of how to utilize these techniques.
What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community
Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – Architecture! Structures as a whole or interesting details, show us your architecture shots!
We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum. Last week’s photography challenge was Eggs! – Easter has come and gone, but eggs are forever. Do you have any photos of eggs to share with us? Colored, scrambled or waiting to hatch in a nest, there is lots of room for creativity and variety with this subject.
Also, check out the Staged Photographs! challenge from the week before. The opposite of candid shots, staged photographs are set up ahead of time. What staged photos might you have to show us?
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:
•Shooting fast moving subjects
•Ever Shot a Wedding?
•Is Photography a “Man's World”?
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 Lisa Hill. Lisa can also be found on Flickr and Picasa.
Photo by David Chesterfield. David can also be found on his website, and Flickr.
Photo by Dave Garner.
Photo by lgal who can also be found on Flickr.
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.