Ruby Throated Hummingbird

By Rachael Towne / August 8, 2013

Almost every day we publish a helpful and insightful article on photography.  Our community of photographers is growing by leaps and bounds and many photos and topics for discussion are posted each day.  To make it easier for you to sift through it all, we compile the most important content on Light Stalking each week in one easy format.  Here is what you missed this week on Light Stalking.

Photo of the Week

hummingbird

Congratulations to John Middleton for capturing this beautiful photo photo of the week of a Ruby Throated Hummingbird.  John can also be found on his blog.  You can comment on this photo here.

The Most Popular Stories from the Last 7 Days

This is What Photographers Can Do About Unwanted Digital Image Noise – Most of us have returned from a photo shoot and ended up disappointed in our images.  Perhaps the color was dull and washed out.  Perhaps your photos lacked contrast.  This is the result of image noise.  All cameras produce noise to a degree, some more than others.  Sometimes the noise is so subtle that only a trained eye can see it and sometimes it's so noticeable that it looks like you were shooting the middle of a sandstorm.  Once you factor in the quality of your camera, there are steps you can take to keep noise to a minimum both in-camera and during post-processing as explained in this article.

These Photography Links Make the Internet a Better Place – Toad Hollow Photography has done it again!  Each week he scours the internet for the best of the best in the world of online photography.  This week's tutorials include tips for making vibrant cityscapes, a dummy guide to light painting, tips for shooting in the midday sun, a simple way to light food and how to prepare and complete an on-location photo shoot.  Special features this week include a photo collection of a wild safari adventure in Africa, classic fan photos from the 50s and 60s of popular bands and a walk-through of the new SmugMug interface.  Also, be sure to check out all of the great hand-collected photography and interesting photography blogs in this week's feature.

How to Avoid Losing Your Photos With Offsite Backup Strategies – Many of us have experienced the gut-wrenching feeling of booting up our computer and discovering that we have lost many of our photos to a hard-drive failure.  It happened once to me and I lost a large number of photos depicting my older daughter's first two years of life.  Don't let this happen to you!  There are several great options for backing up your photos both offline and online.  Both methods have their pluses and minuses as explained in this article.  Perhaps using both is wise.

7 Useful Post Ideas for Your Own Photography Blog – Most serious photographers, whether amateur or professional, think about starting a photography blog.  A photography blog is a great way to showcase your images to an audience and share your thoughts in as few or as many words as you want.  The 7 post ideas presented can help you gather an interested audience and even help you earn money with photography.

What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community

Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – Gardens!  Before summer in the Northern Hemisphere is gone for good, we would love to see your garden photos.  Perhaps you have a garden or have some in your community?

We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum.  Last week’s photography challenge was My Backyard!  What's in your backyard?  Perhaps, you have a beautiful pool or landscaping?  Perhaps, it's an overgrown mess?  Whatever is in your backyard, please share it with us!

Also, check out the Modern! challenge from the week before. You can interpret modern any way you like.  Think modern, new, art and design.  Whatever modern means to you, we would love to see your photos in the forum.

We’d love to chat with you! Add your opinions here:

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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

nightscape light painting

Photo by Junel Corales.  Junel can also be found on his website, Facebook and Flickr.

street portrait

Photo by Ed Aldridge.  Ed can also be found on his website, blog and Flickr.

snake

Photo by David Chesterfield.  David can also be found on his website and Flickr.

London street

Photo by Chris.

If you’re not already part of the Light Stalking community then come and join the fun. We promise not to bite!


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About the author

Rachael Towne

is a professional photographer and creator of Presets Galore.

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