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Welcome to another weekly list of links, a list that represents some of the best tutorials, special features and great photography found by Toad Hollow Photography over the course of this past week. This week's compendium features a great variety of topics and photographs with something here for photography enthusiasts of all genres. We really hope you enjoy checking all these links out as much as the Toad did himself in bringing this week's list to you.
6 Fundamental Composition Techniques That Will Improve Your Portraits – strong portraits are a form of photography that can produce stunning images that draw the viewer into the frame. This series of compositional tips is posted here on Light Stalking and covers some very helpful tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your own portraits.
Lightroom Tutorial: How to Edit Photos Like a PRO – post-production is an area of photography that many of us strive to master in this day-and-age of the digital landscape. This video tutorial, just over 11 minutes long, covers a lot of great tips and details for getting the most out of your photography using Lightroom.
What are the Best Street Photography Camera Settings and Why – learning to get the most out of street photography can be challenging due to the dynamic nature of the subject matter being captured. This article covers a brief set of useful tips that come from years of experience from other street photographers.
Ten quick tips for photographing northern lights – the Aurora Borealis are an amazing natural phenomenon that paints the night sky in glorious colors as the swirling lights dance across the horizon. This short video tutorial and the accompanying article gives some great insight into how to capture the most stunning examples of this beautiful natural occurrence.
This is How One Photographer Dodges and Burns His Photos – check out this short article that shows us how one photographer goes about applying dodge and burn techniques in post-production, along with the results this approach produces. The images themselves are quite amazing and contemporary looking, and being able to visualize the process used to create them provides some great insight.
Five Ways to Shoot More Effectively Using Natural Light – we have all heard before about how light is everything in photography, and this statement is largely true, however, it also doesn’t really tell us how to manage this element in a composition. This article covers a lot of great concepts in regards to natural light photography, and it also includes some terrific sample shots to allow us to see how to use these concepts to our advantage.
25 Quick Tips to Make More Interesting Pictures – there are so many different elements to great photography, and this article covers a broad range of key things to consider when shooting. Understanding and taking control of these key fundamentals is sure to help you take your photography to the next level.
A Three-Minute Guide to Food Photography – food photography is a fun genre to shoot, often producing images that are as mouth-watering as they are appealing visually. This tutorial includes a short video feature that shares some terrific tips and tricks that everyone can use when photographing food.
Interview: After 30 Years, Photographer Reveals Historic Archive of NASA Space Shuttle Images – this fabulous article covers both an interesting interview with the photographer along with his body of work from the early years of the Space Shuttle program. After the Challenger accident, this set of images went into storage out of respect from the disaster and now has been released as a collection. This in-depth article is full of images never seen before by the public.
The Beat Goes On in Burt Glinn’s Photographs of a Legendary Era – the year was 1959 and the jazz scene was in full motion as Magnum photographer Burt Glinn was emerging in photography as a master of the craft. This series of photographs are part of a larger collection from the time and do a great job of expressing the unique times and the people who thrived within them.
Wonderful Oregon’s Nature Landscapes by Steve Schwindt – beautiful, colorful and detailed are just some of the descriptors that come to mind while checking out the terrific work of Steve Schwindt. These terrific shots are all captured in the northwestern region of the United States and do a great job of revealing the beauty of the natural environment in the region.
This Photographer Builds His Subjects with Cardboard – the title of this article may make the work sound a tad bit mundane, however, the pictures created by Juhamatti Vahdersalo are nothing short of amazing. Each of the shots presented in this post are created by hand by creating miniature models and then compositing them in Photoshop with other key elements, creating pictures that are as ethereal as they are mesmerizing.
before sun rise – this incredible composition comes to us from Tiger Seo who shares a terrific shot of a set of power lines set in a very unique landscape. The lines create a perfect natural leading line that guides us into the frame and out towards a vanishing point, all accented wonderfully by the great colors in the sky and the gentle reflections in shallow waters.
Hotel Silver Swan, Austria – check out this haunting series of photographs taken inside a long abandoned hotel on a mountainside in Austria. Obsidian Urbex Photography gives us a terrific set of photographs taken inside the derelict facility, capturing all the character that once thrived inside a now-defunct hotel that hasn’t had guests in quite some time.
A Dam Fine Night – Brett Gasser whisks us away to Amsterdam where a row of character homes the line the canals cast terrific reflections in the waters. The homes are all captured with crystal clarity, showcasing the incredible city and its world-renowned buildings that give it a distinctive presence perfect for photography.
Périgueux – Mathias Lucas takes us a wonderful exploratory journey of the community of Périgueux in France. Mathias has a great eye for composition, and as we always find with his photographs we find the true spirit and character of this wondrous town.
Tunnel – deep contrasts play with each other in the creation of this almost-abstract shot from Daria Klepikova that uses architecture as a means of casting shadows and creating lines. As the eye follows the natural lines in this shot, people are seen in the distance for a perfect touch of artistic tension.
Assembly Gone Bad – I personally find that Urbex themed photography is an amazing genre that gives us some insight into history through the visual study of the contemporary human condition through places that were once filled with people and now stand abandoned. This post from Michael Criswell takes us inside an assembly hall in Detroit city where the ravages of the post-modern economy have taken their toll leaving many places like this in a deep state of disrepair.
Portrait – this tight shot of the face of a primate reveals the spirit and personality behind the eyes in this wonderful photograph by Gitta Sladič. Gitta uses a very shallow depth-of-focus with this picture, guiding us gently into the eyes and producing a very strong portrait of the gentle creature.
A good night in Victoria – Jim Nix visits my hometown here on Vancouver Island where he captures a pair of iconic shots of two of our architectural treasures downtown. The first shot features the Legislative Building, and the second showcases the epic beauty of the Empress Hotel, both captured late in the day and both expressing the historic flavor of our little corner of the world.
Fields… – vivid greens create a strong sense of joy for the viewer in this shot from Krzysztof Browko that showcases the incredible beauty of South Moravia in the Czech Republic. The undulating flows of the fields create a dynamic composition here that invites everyone into the picture where the landscape ultimately tells its own story.
The Light Within – Edith Levy takes us to the famous Slot Canyons in Arizona where countless years of erosion have left behind amazing natural rock formations that are a mecca for most abstract photography enthusiasts. These canyons play with light and shadow, casting various tones of color that lead to their natural allure.
Death Valley National Park in twilight – the golden hour creates perfect light for this landscape shot that features the sand dunes of Death Valley with rugged short mountains in the distance to create a natural horizon. This shot from William Freebilly photography creates a bit of an abstract look with some great colors and tones from the waning light of day.
Tivoli At Night – Scott Wood’s shot of the water fountain on the capitol grounds here in Olympia, Washington reveals the beauty of a long exposure and the effect it has on water like this. The silky waters of the fountain blend perfectly with the classic architecture of the building behind it, creating a strong composition.
Dark Fortress – brooding skies and a foreboding castle dominate this incredible photograph that features a fortress that appears to step out of time. Alexander Riek’s composition takes full advantage of the dramatic sky to highlight the overall medieval feeling created by the stone and turrets that create a striking form against the landscape.
Walk on by – Christophe Staelens creates a terrific black-and-white shot of what appears to be a train station with a lone person striking a silhouette against the lighted opening to draw you in. The inherent drama of the monochromatic presentation helps to accent all the key elements that make this shot what it is.
In the neighborhood – Diane Schuller shares a small set of photographs from a great spot on Vancouver Island called Qualicum Beach. We visit this place often as it holds a special place in our heart, and a quick meander through Diane’s series of images here will show you just why.
Magnolia Gas Station – Evan Gearing creates a very nostalgic looking image of a classic gas station adorned with vintage signs and old gas pumps. The texture and tones used to finish this shot do a great job of creating an authentic looking picture from a historic time in American culture.
the opening light of day – a small rural pond creates a perfect subject for Frank King to capture as the first light of day crosses the horizon. The serene shot features some great colors and tones, as well as a perfect leading line found in the shore of the pond.
China Travel .. – the Li River in China is a photographers haven, revealing rugged mountains and beautiful waters that often cast near-perfect reflections, as we see in this great shot from Smoothy. The incredible orange color palette that dominates the sky finds perfect harmony with the silhouettes of the boats to create a truly compelling image.