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As the new year comes into full swing we find that Toad Hollow Photography has been looking in all corners of the internet for links to tutorials, special features and great photography to share with everyone. This weeks list contains a wide variety of articles and photographs that feature a wide variety of styles and interests in the field of photography. We really hope you enjoy checking out all these links as much as the Toad did himself in bringing this list to you.
4 Simple Strategies To Deal With Harsh Midday Light For Portrait Work – don’t let the unrelenting light found in mid-day stop you from shooting great portraits, as we see here in this brief tutorial hosted here on Light Stalking. Several simple tips and tricks are discussed here along with example photographs to show you how to take better control of natural light.
Street Photography Tutorial: How Street Photographer Jonathan Higbee Works a Scene – this tutorial features a video presentation that is just over an hour in length, showing us how a master in the field of street photography works. All aspects of a successful shoot are discussed in this tutorial as we follow along, revealing some inside information on how those iconic shots we’ve all seen are created.
Take Your Landscape Photography Editing to the Next Level with the Perspective Warp Tool – using the perspective tools in Photoshop is not always something that landscape photographers automatically reach for in post-processing. This 10 minute video will show you how to use these tools by working on a real image and helping you to see the subtle, yet dramatic, changes you can make with this technique.
5 Quick Tips to Photograph Parks at Night Like a Professional – there are a countless number of possibilities and opportunities for taking great shots in parks at night, and this brief tutorial covers some tips and tricks on how best to do this. Some sample shots are included in the article to help inspire you to get out and try yourself.
Reaching for the Stars with a McLaren – A Different Take on Automotive Compositing – compositing is an important and powerful skill to master when creating images, allowing you to take a subject from one setting into another entirely. This tutorial shows us how a supercar was transported from a parking lot to the deck of a Star Wars starship set through the use of various techniques in compositing.
Pinhole photography with a digital camera – this fun tutorial will take you through the steps of creating a pinhole camera by modifying a lens cap. The pictures that come out the backend of this process are definitely nostalgic looking with an authentic pinhole camera look to them.
Basic In-Studio Posing Tips – join Joe Farace as he talks briefly about the importance of posing your subject when shooting portraits in the studio. This brief article covers some of the basics that are very important for creating natural looking portraits that translate to happy clients and sold prints.
Here Are The Hasselblad Masters Awards 2018 Winners – there is no doubt that the Hasselblad series of cameras are some of the very best out there today, and when put in the hands of skilled photographers the results can be truly amazing. Check out this set of photographs captured on Hasselblads, each one of a different genre of photography and each one showcasing the amazing images you can create.
Breathtaking Travel Landscape Photography by Max Leitner – this is a great collection of various landscape themed photographs, created and shared by Max Leitner. This set of images includes architectural studies, abstracts, and various landscape themes, each one able to easily stand on its own in terms of excellence.
Dakar Rally: Rugged racers cross desert and dune in South America – I have always wanted to drive in the Dakar Rally being an auto enthusiast, but never had the chance or resources to do this. Here we get to enjoy the feel and excitement of this world famous rally without all the bothersome crashes and getting lost in the deep desert by enjoying some amazing photographs of the drivers as they navigate this intense challenge.
Whoami – videophotoart com shares a wonderful profound shot that features an outward look at a body of water with a pier that creates a leading line and a lone chair sitting on the beach for rich artistic tension. The color tones are all in the blue palette, adding a coolness and certain drama to this mesmerizing shot.
French Canal – Strasbourg, France – Len Saltiel whisks us away to a quaint community in France that features lovely canals lined with old houses and buildings. The incredible character that can only be found in these distinctly European towns and cities makes for great photography opportunities as we see here in this great shot.
Gaudí's Beach – this amazing seascape shot was created by David Alvarez Velicia who captured this scene just north of Spain. Fascinating rock formations come out of the rolling waters in this great shot, and the formation in the front creates a great frame from which to view the entire scene through.
Mountain sunset – the rugged mountains of Alaska make for terrific photography subjects as Ron Niebrugge shows us with this shot. Ron’s image features a vibrant sunset in the sky that creates a dramatic silhouette of the mountain range in the distance, creating a nature based abstract that exudes beauty and drama.
Connection – Adnan Bubalo visits Norway for this shot that features a bridge connecting two land masses. Adnan uses a long exposure to capture this image, turning the dynamic waters into a silky and ethereal presence in the image that adds a great feel.
The 66 Diner – Jim Nix travels the famous highway commonly referred to as Route 66 and visits a well-known diner just as the sun begins to set. The neon signs of the terrific old diner coupled with the art-deco retro architectural styling helps to create an image that transports us back in time by at least 50 years.
Moscow City – Daria Klepikova captures a terrific cityscape shot of the bustling city of Moscow in the evening, and then processes the shot with a cinematic feel to it. The vast city comes to life in this image showcasing the dramatic contemporary architecture of the city center along with the surrounding buildings for context.
Archaeological Notes – while working in the field, west coast photographer Ehpem notes that shadows cast across his notebook creates interesting shapes and designs against the colors of the surface. This shot is a terrific example of finding natural abstracts in shadows.
Vatican spiral staircase – intricate details merge with wonderful elements in this abstract shot from Manjik photography that focuses on a winding staircase. The lights that illuminate the staircase find great harmony with the smooth and sweeping lines of the staircase to draw you into the frame.
Terminal Decline – LensScaper (Andy Hooker) shares a dramatic and evocative shot of a glacier in the Swiss Alps that is going through significant changes due to climate change. This image features a tight frame of a section of the glacier, revealing lines and textures through the various fractures as the glacier goes through a process of change due to melting.
Light Edges – incredible depth in found in the myriad layers of mountains in this wonderful landscape shot from Kilian Schönberger. Perfect natural light streams in and plays with the mountains to create great shadows and context, finishing off this beautiful perspective perfectly.
sentinels in the autumn forest – Frank King shares a great shot that uses a tight frame of a section of forest in the heart of autumn. The beautiful colors of the fall foliage work with a pair of evergreen trees that stand tall in the middle of the grove creating a splash of green in the middle of all the color.
Brooklyn Bridge – David Abbs delivers a very colorful piece with this image taken at a very low perspective on the deck of the Brooklyn Bridge. With this composition we find that many different leading lines are created by various architectural elements of the bridge, drawing you into the picture where a terrific vanishing point leads off into the distance.
Rocky Mt. Storm – a brooding storm hangs over the majestic mountains in Colorado, and Michael Criswell takes full advantage of the lingering drama to create a terrific black-and-white landscape shot. The snow-capped mountains in this shot work in wonderful harmony with the storm clouds to create a sense of drama and peaceful beauty within the frame.
Blue Hour in Prague – all the elegance and history of the city of Prague comes to full life in this great shot from Jason Row. In this picture we see an old stone bridge covered in lights leading you into the distance where the classic architecture of this wonderful city is explored under the cover of a colorful sky captured during the blue hour.
Tucked in for the Night – as the last moments of sunset slowly give way to dusk, incredible colors dance across the sky in this beautiful photograph by Barbara Youngelson. The low tide creates interesting textures on the shore and in the distance a fishing boat sits moored, creating a terrific silhouette.
Egyptian Vulture – crisp details in the feathers and face of this amazing bird are shown in this shot of an Egyptian Vulture in flight by Murat Çalışkan. The depth-of-focus used to create this image does a perfect job of isolating this majestic bird from it’s backdrop, making it really stand out.
American Oystercatcher – a very interesting bird with a long and colorful beak designed to find and eat various bivalves on the shore is captured in this photograph by Wayne Beauregard. The great details in the bird as it makes its way across the shoreline reveals a glimpse into its unique nature.
Notre-Dame de Paris – the grand architectural features of this amazing cathedral form an abstract piece in this detailed photograph by H A N A A • T. The lines and shapes found in the various features found in this shot serve to create incredible leading lines that act as frames into the segments of texture found in the old stonework.
Inner Sanctum – the natural abstract beauty of the Rattlesnake and Antelope Canyons create photography opportunities with light, texture and natural shapes unlike anything most people have ever seen. This amazing shot is the result of a photography tour that Edith Levy took to spend the day taking in these incredible locations.