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Join us as we explore a new list of links hand selected by Toad Hollow Photography this week.
In this edition we find a set of tutorials and a selection of great photography to enjoy that covers a wide variety of subjects and styles.
We really hope you enjoy checking all these links out as much as the Toad did himself in bringing this weeks list to you.
Bite Size Tips – Taking Great Holiday “Snaps” – for some of us with the photography bug, going on holidays is much more than just sitting by the pool sipping on Mai Tai’s. This short article is published right here on Light Stalking and talks about some of the keys to balancing enjoying your vacation with getting great shots that will preserve your memories for a lifetime.
How to Prevent Lens Flare – sometimes lens flare is included in an image by design, but in others, it is an unwanted side effect of light placement and lens angles. This great article goes over several different ways of reducing or eliminating lens flare, and it also includes some terrific shots to illustrate the core points.
Zenfolio vs Smugmug: Choosing the Best Photography Portfolio – when you are getting started with your new photography business it’s often things that have nothing to do with photography itself that present the biggest challenges. This great article discusses two very popular portfolio platforms and their relative pros and cons, allowing you to easily choose the right one that works for you.
Going for Consistent Style and Color in Your Social Media Photos? This Video Explains How It's Done – the concept of color grading can be important in terms of creating a consistent style and feel across the spectrum of your images and this great video tutorial discusses this in detail. You can see the post-production in action here, allowing you to visualize how the process unfolds and gives you a greater understanding of how to apply this for yourself.
Tips To Improve Your Grunge Photography – grunge photography is a great genre all its own, covering a wide variety of subjects and themes that all share a common motif; things that are weathered and/or forgotten. This short article discusses how to look beyond the obvious while out exploring places, showing you how to come home with some truly amazing images.
How To Choose The Right Street Photography Lens For You – figuring out which lens is best for a particular application is no small feat these days with so many great options out there. For those looking to do some candid street photography, there are several considerations to take into account, and this great article covers a lot of the key topics with some recommendations at the end.
Beginners guide to long exposure nature photography – this is actually a fairly detailed article that covers quite a few aspects of shooting long exposure images. If you are just getting started with this particular style, this is a perfect launch-point to help you get out in the field with the right gear and mindset and to come away with some great photographs.
How focus stacking can help you to get super sharp landscapes – learn how to use a technique that is often used in macro photography to create tack-sharp landscape images. The sample shot included in this video presentation gives you instant visual feedback on how this process can be applied in your own work.
How to Add a Splash to Your Product Photos – photographs that include splashes when the subject is a liquid can be very dramatic and fun. This video tutorial is just over 9 minutes in length and covers the key aspects of doing this with panache.
3 Great Tips to Capture the Magic of Dinner Parties – this short article covers some great tips and tricks on how to get the most out of photographing a dinner party. These tips should help you both enjoy the evening as well as helping you to come away with some great shots that feature various candid moments of the party.
Sunday Sunday – let’s check out what the best of Vancouver Island living looks like in this terrific article from Diane Schuller who shares a great set of shots. The island here is full of awesome marinas which are fantastic places to visit for photography opportunities. This post is full of great boat shots and seascapes, all of which are iconic scenes that express the feeling of island living on the west coast of Canada.
Heart of fire – it is absolutely amazing what the eye sees when a composition uses a natural formation to mimic something, as we see here in this awesome shot from Evan Gearing. Evan’s shot originates in the world-famous Upper Antelope Canyon in Arizona where light and shadow play with the rich hues of the natural stone found in the caverns.
Snowy View – Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta – the rugged beauty of the Canadian Rockies makes it a place that is amazing to see, particularly in person where the true scale of the park reveals itself. Len Saltiel visits Moraine Lake, one of the more astounding spots in the Rockies, and grabs this gorgeous shot that shows off the mountains with a light dusting of snow while the azure waters of the lake sit pristinely below.
At night – a semi-lit stretch of road leads you into this frame taken in the dead of night in an eerie and dramatic shot shared here by Christophe Staelens. Houses with their lights off line the side of the road and a lone person walking away from camera converge in creating a strong sense of artistic tension.
Salvation lies within – the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia is a place that is certainly on my personal bucket-list in terms of places I would love to visit and photograph. This highly processed shot by Jim Nix is of a long unused jail cell that is full of decay and texture, and Jim’s personal style comes shining through adding to the overall eerie sense of the setting.
beautifull bell – Benny Bulke heads to the basement to capture this terrific shot looking upwards through the spiral staircase of this bell tower. Wondering geometry works perfectly with the low light conditions in the lower part of the building to create a natural vignette that draws the eye through the frame into the vanishing point far overhead.
Wormsloe Shadows – for those photography enthusiasts who love a solid vanishing point in a shot, you won’t want to miss this photograph from Michael Criswell. This shot features a roadway that creates a strong leading line into the far distance, flanked by tall trees of both sides that cast the most dramatic shadows upon the roadway.
DER KÖLNER DOM – two massive cathedral spires dominate the skyline in this shot from Michael Kendziorra that uses the steel bridge span in the setting as a leading line into the picture. The majestic architecture at the end of the bridge sits under a dark and brooding sky which adds a great element of drama to the picture.
Cracked Water – a frozen body of water forms the forward portion of this great picture from CJ Schmit. The ice covering is full of great cracks that create a strong sense of texture as the backdrop benefits from the beautiful colors of morning as the sun rises over the horizon.
. . . – repeating lines gently guide the viewer into this shot that leads you around an invisible corner in this great black-and-white shot. Kai Ziehl uses the architectural elements in this photograph to frame the lady as she walks away revealing how timing is everything when it comes to a strong picture.
Guadalajara – Astaroth takes us along as he explores several incredible locations in this famous city, capturing iconic architecturally themed shot that showcase the beauty of these spots. The intricate details in the photographs along with the brief descriptions share a great sense of the city and its wonderful buildings.
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía – Herbert A. Franke shares a stellar black-and-white architectural study in this vertorama shot featuring the entranceway of a massive opera and music facility. The sweeping lines found in the architecture create awesome leading lines that help the eye move through the frame as you discover great details.
Mount Washington – let’s head way up high in this set of shots from Michael Criswell where the vistas are never-ending and the landscape is both unique and beautiful. Michael shares some information on the mountain that is quite astounding, including temperatures noted while he was there along with a crazy wind speed that was recorded many years ago.
The Dark Towers – Daniel Cheong uses the contemporary structures of Dubai as a main theme in this great shot that delivers his trademark style. The two skyscrapers found in this photograph peer out from under a thick blanket of fog, creating the sense that the buildings rise from an ethereal origin far below.
Urban Vagabond – this untitled shot is shared here by Urban Vagabond and it features a long-abandoned building with a staircase in frame left and a long corridor in the right portion of the frame. The remnants of the building are showing quite a bit of decay and patina as the years of neglect and weathering converge, creating a haunting image that leaves us all with so many unanswered questions.
A Night in Amsterdam – the quaint and character-filled streets and canals of Amsterdam come to life in this wonderful image by Michael Kendziorra. The terrific architecture of the homes that line the canals create points of interest throughout the back portion of the frame as a rippled reflection in the foreground creates swatches of color.
beneath the glorious peaks – the Canadian Rockies are a grand and beautiful set of mountains that host some of the most epic scenes that can be found in western Canada. This black-and-white shot captured by Frank King shows off the resplendence of this place as it appears with a rather thick covering of pure white snow.
november fog – here we find another black-and-white shot in this weeks list, this one featuring a bridge walkway that leads into a fog shroud and an awesome vanishing point. Kai Ziehl uses the monochromatic aspect of the shot to highlight the artistic tension found in the lady who moves away and into the unknown of the fog in the distance.
Beelitz Hallway – Bob Lussier gives us a peek inside the Beelitz Hospital Complex just outside Berlin, Germany in this great urbex shot. This building is quite obviously long unused as the years have really done a number in terms of natural decay, creating awesome textures that are highlighted by the leading lines of the corridor that lead into a great vanishing point in the distance.
Bear Crossing – you simply cannot beat a composition that features a wild brown bear crossing a ribbon of highway directly in front of this camera as we see in this great shot from Johannes Höhn. The highway creates a fantastic leading line that takes you through the subject and out into the beautiful backdrop of the rugged Canadian forest.