Each week, we compile the best articles, forum posts and photos submitted to Light Stalking into one easy to digest format. We all have busy lives and it's easy to miss important content on a site as active as Light Stalking. After all, Light Stalking has grown into one of the most authoritative photography sites on the internet and has nearly a million visits from photographers of all skill levels each month. Also, our community is growing and many photos and topics of discussion are posted to our forums each week. Here is what you may have missed this week on Light Stalking.
Photo of the Week
Congratulations to cytoskeletal for this beautiful photo of the week, “Milky Way”! Cytoskeletal can also be found on his blog. You can comment on this photo here.
The Most Popular Stories from the Last 7 Days
•5 Ways to Find a New Topic for a Photography Project and Beat “Photographer’s Block” – Writers encounter the occasional bout with “writers block” and photographers sometimes run into a creative wall as well. As most of us know, this can feel very discouraging, even if it's only temporary. The 5 tips elaborated on this article will likely get your creative juices flowing again and will bring the fun back into photography.
•This Many Incredible Photography Links Might Throw the Earth Out of Orbit – Every week Toad Hollow Photography brings you the best of online photography. There is so much happening in the world of photography these days that it's impossible to keep track of everything. This list of links will surely expose you to the best of it. This week, you can read a tutorial on using one light either in the studio or on location. Reviews this week include the Lowepro Transit Backpack 350 AW and a post showing different post-processing methods. Special features this week include a video of photographer Joe McNally shooting from the tallest building in the world. Also featured this week is a photo project documenting the lives of institutionalized people from the early 1900s and a collection of photos from a massive landslide. Also, be sure to check out the list of amazing photos collected for you by Toad Hollow photography as well as some other interesting links.
•6 Tips for Mastering Bokeh – Bokeh is one of the most obsessed-over words in photography. Bokeh essentially refers to the aesthetic quality of the blurred out areas of a photograph but does not refer to blur caused by movement. Like vignetting, some photographers hate bokeh and others love it. While bokeh can't in and of itself turn a bad image good, it can creatively enhance an already good photo. The 6 tips laid out in this article will give you the tools necessary to utilize bokeh in your compositions.
•A Look at 500px for Showcasing Your Images – Most of use use or at least enjoy Flickr, since it has been around for a long time and has become massively popular. However, Flickr is awash with low quality snapshots and it can be cumbersome to wade through it all to get to the good photos. 500px has been rapidly growing since it relaunch in 2009 and is considered a premier site for enthusiasts and pros alike to showcase their images. The site has three levels of membership starting with a limited free membership to two paid membership levels which give you additional levels of control. You can also integrate your social media accounts and even sell digital downloads and prints via 500px, but they do take a pretty large commission. All in all, 500px offers a powerful marketing tool for photographers.
What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community
Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – Roughin' It! This subject can be taken either literally or figuratively. So, a craggy shoreline, camping in the wilderness or any other subjects that are “rough” in some way apply. Do you have photos of roughin' it to share with us in the forum?
We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum. Last week’s photography challenge was It's a Small World! Show us the smallness in your world. These could be macro shots, big things next to little things or anything else that can be interpreted or recognized as meaning small. Hopefully you will share your “small” photos with us!
Also, check out the Wide Angle or Panoramic! challenge from the week before. This can be achieved by using a wide angle lens, cropping to panoramic dimensions or photo-stitching. If you have any wide angle or panoramic shots we would love to see them.
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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
Photo by aldhien delta.
Photo by Ranjeet Singh.
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.