The Best of Light Stalking in the Last 10 Days

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Light Stalking has grown into a thriving community with close to a million people following us or seeing us online in one form or other, every month. In all of the hullabaloo, it’s easy to miss the core of what’s happening in photography on Light Stalking. So that’s why we decided to sum it up for you. Here’s what you missed recently on Light Stalking.

Photo of the Week

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This Gorgeous and Clever Photo is by Mikell Herrick.  You can comment on her photo here.

The Most Popular Stories from the Last 7 Days

Don't Miss These 85 Fascinating Photography Links – Toad Hollow Photography's weekly list of all the best photos, tutorials and photography blogs on the internet.

26 Clever and Creative Photographs of Hands – Hands can be a very difficult subject to photograph, but these photographers have managed to do it well!

Bringing out the Big Glass – The Pros and Cons of Professional Lenses –  Professional lenses have quite a few pluses and will likely last many years longer than your camera, but do you really need one?  This article might help you decide.

A Grand Journey – How to Make Initial Plans for a Photographic Trip –  This quick guide will help you plan for your next photographic trip.

What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community

Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – Framing!  Do you have any photographs with natural framing to share with us?

We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum. Last week’s photography challenge was (POV) or Point of View– Do you have any interesting photos which demonstrate points of view?  Also, check out the fantastic images from the week before in Breaking the Rule of Thirds.

Other Weekly Photography Challenges:

View this week’s Mobile Monday Challenge.

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

•THROWDOWN – Silhouettes Emphasize Form

•The Waterfront

•Using Light to Emphasize the Subject

•THROW DOWN: Photographing Motion

What Are Our Members Up To?

We have some amazing members here at Light Stalking that runs 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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Photo by Richard Taylor.

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Photo by Richard Wood.  He can also be found on Facebook.

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

Rachael Towne is a photographer and can be found on her photography blog as well as Twitter.

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.

  1. html cleaner  Easy DSLR –  Friend of Light Stalking, Ken Schultz has developed this course over several years and it still remains the single best source for mastering your camera by identifying the main things that are holding you back.
  2. Word to html  Understanding Composition – As one of the core elements of a good photograph, getting your head around composition is essential. Photzy's guide to the subject is an excellent introduction. Their follow-up on Advanced Composition is also well worth a read.
  3. Word to html  Understanding Light – Also by Photzy, the other essential part of photography is covered in this epic guide and followed up in Understanding Light, Part 2. This is fundamental stuff that every photographer should aim to master.
  4. Word to html  5 Minute Magic Lightroom Workflow – Understanding post production is one of the keys to photographs that you will be proud of. This short course by one of the best in the business will show you how an award-winning photographer does it.

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