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
Congratulations to George Saad for this colorful and icy photo of the week! George can also be found on Facebook. You can comment on his photo here.
The Most Popular Stories from the Last 7 Days
•97 Great Photography Links That Will Make Sure You Get Nothing Else Done Today – Every week, a spectacular list of the best photography blogs, photo collections, tutorials and photographs on the internet are hand-collected for you by Toad Hollow Photography. This week, read tutorials about capturing better landscape photography, how westerners perceive, black and white in camera RAW, uisng Lightroom for exploring photographic geometry and several more! Some of the collections featured in this week's post include street art photos from 2012, cool ideas for displaying family photos on your walls, and photos that were shot at the exact right place and time. Also, see this week's special features as well as some great photography from Flickr and various other photography sites and blogs.
•12 Hugely Important Moments in the History of Photography – Humans have always striven to document life. This is evidenced by primitive forms of art such as cave paintings. However, until the invention of photography, which goes farther back than in history than some might think, there wasn't a tangible way to do so without drawing, painting and writing. This article highlights 12 events, out of countless events to choose from, that are important technological and cultural markers in the evolution of photography. These events range from 1826 to 1991, ending with the invention of the first DSLR.
•14 Commandments for Fine Art Photography Marketing (with photos) – Perhaps you have reached the point that many photographers have before you. It's time to start selling your photos. Perhaps your reason for this is to recoup the investment in your gear or start a full-fledged photography business. Perhaps there are other reasons as well. However, making the leap between taking good photos and selling them can be harder than originally imagined. There have been those who have paved the way before you and can help you prevent having to learn everything the hard way…or even give up. The author of this article shows you first-hand how to get started on the path to earning money from your fine art photography with these 14 helpful tips.
•9 Interesting Perspectives on the Art of iPhone Photography – Mobile photography in general has taken on a life of its own and has become surprisingly respected as an art form. With the advent of instagram, more and more people are sharing small moments from their lives with the world on a daily basis…whether anybody actually cares or not. These resources on iPhone Photography or iphoneography take the art seriously and offer technical/creative advice, thoughtful discussion and wonderful photo examples.
What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community
Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – Crowded or Filled Frame! This is the diametric opposite of simplicity, which was last week's challenge. Show us your crowded, busy or full of commotion shots.
We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum. Last week’s photography challenge was Simplicity!– What is your interpretation of the subject of simplicity? Show us your photos which demonstrate simplicity either by subject or composition.
Also, check out the Atmospheric perspective! challenge from the week before. Atmosperic perspective is the appearance of a hazy background with a clear foreground. Do you have any photos that demonstrate this to show us?
Other Weekly Photography Challenges:
View this week’s Mobile Monday Challenge. Photos submitted must be taken on, and any editing done on a mobile device.
We’d love to chat with you! Add your opinions here:
•Who looks up?
•Have you intentionally broken a specific rule and got a good result?
•To border or not to border?
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
Photo by David Chesterfield. He can also be found on his Flickr.
Photo by Marcos J Pinto.
Photo by Randy Heinitz.
If you’re not already part of the Light Stalking community then come and join the fun. We promise not to bite!
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.