Home to a prolific community of photographers and seen by nearly a million people per month, Light Stalking has come of age. Our articles are helpful to photographers of varying levels and the forum is frequently updated by users with great photos, entries to our weekly contests and topics of discussion. With all of the activity on Light Stalking these days, it can be easy to miss important content. So, we have decided to summarize it for you. Here is what you may have missed in the last 7 days on Light Stalking.
Photo of the Week
Congratulations to Hugues Hardy for this confronting and touching photo of the week, ‘Sad filthy dog in a temple'! Hugues can also be found on his website and Facebook. You can comment on this photo here.
The Most Popular Stories from the Last 7 Days
•5 Amazing Apps That Every Photographer Should Have – Not so long ago, photography required the knowledge of a complicated set of rules and equations plus a fair amount of luck. We tend to be lazy these days as photographers since there seems to be an app for just about everything. However, the apps introduced in this article go beyond what is typical and actually help you to plan out and execute your shoot with your so-called “proper” camera. If you are interested in knowing the time of sunrise or sunset in your exact location, the cycles of the moon, having a pocket light meter, long exposure calculators and more then please check out this immensely popular article!
•These Lighting Patterns Will Make Your Portrait Photographs Rock – It's an excellent idea to familiarize yourself with various lighting patterns and how to best use them in your photos. You can add drama, compliment a face or downplay aspects of your subject with different lighting set-ups. Thankfully, you don't need a bunch of expensive equipment or a studio to utilize these lighting techniques. Something as simple as a window or a bare bulb will suffice and will make your shoot simpler if you are just starting out. The techniques explained in this article are accompanied by beautiful photographs to demonstrate.
•How to Photograph Reflections for Awesome Results – Reflections, when done well, can be a powerful way to convey or provoke emotions in your photographs. This tutorial will get you started on photographing reflections by showing you how to choose and shoot them effectively. Reflections are everywhere so you are certain to find plenty of opportunities to practice.
•These Awesome Photography Links Will Knock Your Socks Back On – It's been a wonderful week for photography (aren't they all?), and Toad Hollow Photography has compiled the best of it for you once again. This week's tutorials include a definitive guide to pinhole photography, shooting double exposures with the Canon 5D Mark III, using the adjustment brush in Adobe Camera RAW and working in your studio space. Reviews this week feature photo blogging with WordPress responsive themes and a lighting diagram creator. Also, check out the special features on ways to market your photography and a set of posts dedicated to the Eiffel Tower. In addition to all of the great material listed so far, this week's addition has some great photo collections and other photos hand-collected by Toad Hollow Photography as well as some interesting photo blogs.
What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community
Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – Harmony! We all need a little more harmony in our lives and creating it in our photos just might help. Perhaps the subject is what brings the harmony or perhaps it's the way the individual elements work together in a photo that does it. Please share your photographs that convey a sense of harmony with us.
We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum. Last week’s photography challenge was Indoors!–Rain or shine we all take some photos indoors. Perhaps you have some you would like to share with us in the forum?
Also, check out the Who Knew? challenge from the week before. Do you have any photos to share with us that helped teach you something new? Perhaps you learned how to set up a tripod or you learned how to do long exposure night photography. Please don't be shy about sharing your photographs with us. We are all at different levels and have varying interests as photographers. Variety is the spice!
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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
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What We Recommend to Improve Your Photography Fast
It's possible to get some pretty large improvements in your photography skills very fast be learning some fundamentals. Consider this the 80:20 rule of photography where 80% of the improvements will come from 20% of the learnable skills. Those fundamentals include camera craft, composition, understanding light and mastering post-production. Here are the premium guides we recommend.