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As another terrific week ticks on by, we find that our friends at Toad Hollow Photography have been searching in all known corners of the internet for links to tutorials, special features and great photography to share here with everyone. This weeks list is full of great content and photographs created by some of the best working in the field today. We really hope you enjoy checking all these links out as much as the Toad did in bringing this list to you.
The 7 Secrets Of Getting Better Photos In Low Light – Jason D. Little right here on Light Stalking covers some of the key fundamentals when it comes to shooting in low light conditions. Shooting in low light can yield incredible moody and dramatic looking shots, depending on the genre you are shooting for, and these tips are sure to help in that regard.
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Five Landscape Photography Tips for Beginners – landing great landscape shots time and time again is usually what follows a relentless desire to learn as much as you can about this type of photography coupled with countless hours behind the camera. Get a fast-track to capturing those wow shots we all want with this great primer article that talks about some of the key fundamentals.
How to create frozen ice effects in Photoshop – in just over 18 minutes you can learn the process behind creating a frozen ice look to your photography subjects. Each step of the process is carefully covered in this video, allowing you to easily see how to apply this to your own images.
A More Nuanced Three-Light Setup for Studio Portraits – this video covers just over 8 minutes of instruction that shows us how to use a rather complex lighting setup designed to take full control over the lighting with specific results. This unique configuration produces great results as we see in the video as the tutorial unfolds.
8 Tips For Using People In Your iPhone Landscape Photography – cell phone photography is most definitely a thing these days, with almost all of us carrying one in our pockets making it the obvious choice for capturing the shot that appears in front of you right now. This tutorial discusses this genre of photography in the context of landscape photography and talks about how to include people in your shots to add a truly compelling element.
How to Really Make Hair Pop by Adding Shine, Color, and Volume in Photoshop – presented in a 13-minute video, this tutorial shows us how to process pictures in post-production that highlight and accent hair in a portrait. This feature is quite in-depth and goes over quite a techniques that can help you take your portraiture to a new level.
10 Simple Travel Photography Tips – getting the most out of your travel photos is something many of us strive for, and this great article shows us how to achieve this by sharing some great tips. As with most great tutorial themed articles this one includes some awesome sample shots to help inspire you.
11 Ways To Add Motion To Your Photos – this article leads us off into other articles that talk about a few ways you can add a sense of dynamic motion to your photographs. Each concept is illustrated with terrific sample shots to help you see how the technique plays out in a finished image.
This 80-minute documentary is an in-depth study of Ansel Adams' life and work – this video documentary was created in 2002 and covers the life and work of Ansel Adams, one of the masters of contemporary landscape photography. This video is just over 1 hours and 20 minutes in length and covers his career in good detail.
Sydney from the sky: the aerial photography of Milton Kent – in pictures – in today’s time where drones are the easiest way to get a camera airborne for aerial photography, it’s always a delight to see the work of someone who did this the old-fashioned way. This series focuses on the black-and-white shots captured by Milton Kent, who happened to have the distinction of being both a pilot and a photographer whose work spanned the timeframe between 1926 and 1971.
The Flying Darkroom – today we can check our exposure by looking at the screen on the back of our DSLR or see the picture almost instantly on our smartphones, but back in the day, this wasn’t quite as easy as that. This article covers the very interesting story of Swissair founder Walter Mittelholzer who turned a washroom on his plane into a flying darkroom so he could always ensure he was getting correct exposure while in the air.
Beautiful Black and White Female Portraits by Peter Müller – well executed black-and-white portrait photographs can be utterly compelling as we find in this collection of shots captured by Peter Müller. For photography fans who love portraits, you will really enjoy checking out this series.
Seljalandsfoss Panorama – Daniel Fleischhacker delivers this rendition of the world-renown waterfalls in Iceland in a wide panoramic format for full dramatic effect. The gorgeous colors included in the sky accent the dramatic falls as great clouds linger overhead and an endless landscape beckons in the background.
Expédition Antarctique 1966, Belgium – a sliver of time sits in a slow state of disrepair and decay as captured by Obsidian Urbex Photography in this small set of photographs. These photos feature a set of snowmobiles that were used in 1966 in Antarctica on an exploration and today are stored in a forgotten barn.
TRIBUTE – the incredible city of Dubai sits uncover of a thick layer of fog in this shot captured from a very high perspective overlooking the tips of the buildings below. Dany Eid’s shot takes advantage of the light from the buildings under the fog to add diffused color swatches throughout this composition.
Le Mont-Saint-Michel (le village) – Mathias Lucas shares a wonderfully detailed collection of photographs that feature the old stone based architecture, birds and various landscapes from this village in France. These shots, when seen individually, are wonderful representations of the region, but when viewed as an entire collection they create an in-depth study of the community and all it has to offer.
Arco Magno – let’s head over to Italy with this incredible shot from Maxim K of a pool of eddying water that ebbs and flows through an arched natural rock formation. Maxim K shot this with a Hasselblad allowing the frame to capture all the great details and color of this beautiful scene.
New Find and Cool Rock Art at Saddle Mountain Arizona – this great set of images comes to us from Anne McKinnell who captured them in the deserts of Arizona. Various mountains and cactus are captured in this short set of great shots.
Santa Caterina – all the romance and history of Italy comes to life with this epic photograph of a monastery perched on the cliffs overlooking that waters below. The old architecture in its natural setting along with a lone rowboat traversing the waters captures and delivers a truly old-world feel in a photograph.
Old Apache – I just love this shot of a classic Chevrolet Apache Pickup truck that was captured and shared here by Tim Stanley. This particular classic has an awesome paint job and various details that really bring all the nostalgia of such a truck to life for everyone to see and enjoy.
Lion of the Sea – for those who love long exposure images, you will definitely want to pop by and check this picture out posted by Peter Stewart. This shot focuses on the dramatic contemporary architecture of Singapore during the blue hour in the morning, taking advantage of the long exposure to turn the waters into a silky texture for added emotion in the frame.
Surfer Dude – Evan Gearing shares a tight close-up of a surfer navigating the fast-moving waters in the United States. The roiling waters that surround the surfer add great artistic tension and context to the image.
Barn Glow – Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming – the historic barn featured in this awesome shot from Len Saltiel is considered to be the most photographed barn in the world, and one look at the scene shared here makes it easy to see exactly why. Len captures this shot, as a flock of photographers do the same, in the morning as the sun rises and bathes the front of the barn in beautiful golden light.
The castle Eltz – some of us still believe in magic and castles and dragons and such, and here we find that the castles of Germany make for fantastic photographic subjects in this context. Thomas S. grabs a terrific shot of one such castle surrounded by a fog as a wonderful stone walkway leads you right up to the doors with a natural leading line.
Left for DEAD – Michael Criswell uses an ultra wide angle lens to capture this portrait of a long-neglected Cadillac that is about to be scavenged and eventually scrapped. Michael gets up close and very personal with this shot, and with the lens, he used to capture it the patina and character of this once beloved car is perfectly expressed in a frame.
Spiral of time – Svetlana Povarova Ree shares a terrific shot of a helical staircase with a downward looking perspective to create alluring geometry that draws you into the frame. Svetlana processes this particular shot as a black-and-white which really accents the light and shadow elements in the frame to bring all the drama and character out.
A once colorful door – intense weathering over the course of many years takes its toll on the facade of this character-rich wooden door in this shot from David A Lockwood. The bolt on the door is rather rusty and full of character, and the details in the design in the wood create terrific texture in this photograph.
Foxy Love – I just love how photography can be the source of evocative feelings within the viewer as we see here in this perfect example of the concept. Roeselien Raimond’s shot features a pair of red foxes in a personal and intimate moment together sure tug on everyone’s hearts.
rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) . . . – Vancouver Island-based photographer ƊƦคƓ๏ƝŦlץƊгєคɱʂ88 shares a delicate shot of a tiny hummingbird hovering in front of a flower, presumably enjoying the nectars the soft flower offers to its flying friend. A gentle texture overlay is added to finish this shot, giving it an artistic canvas finished look that finishes it off just perfectly.
~ Dutch Icon ~ – some of the rural scenes found in the Netherlands are truly from another time, revealing scenes from the region that exhibit all the wonderful character and fascination found there. Remo Scarfò does a perfect job of expressing this in his photograph that uses a still ribbon of water as a leading line where we discover homes and a windmill on the landscape.