Nearly every day we publish a helpful and interesting article about photography and our community of photographers in the forum upload many great photos and topics for discussion. They are a friendly lot as well! To make it easy for you to find what most interests you, we compile the best content published each week into one easy to follow format. Here is what you may have missed this week on Light Stalking.
Photo of the Week
Congratulations to Mireille for capturing this stunning photo ‘low key portret' and for winning photo of the week! You can comment on this photo here.
The Most Popular Stories from the Last 7 Days
•How to Shoot a Picture Perfect Beach Portrait – Shooting a beach portrait isn't difficult, but may not be as easy as you would think. There are aspects of beach portraiture to consider before you even step foot on the beach such as what clothing to wear, how you will light your subjects, choice of location, weather conditions and more. Once you are there, following the suggestions in this article for posing and working with the angle of the sun will give you additional control over how your beach portraits come out. In any case, this article provides a wonderful start in the practice of beach portrait photography.
•Enough Cool Photography Links to Throw the Earth Off Its Orbit – Toad Hollow Photography has brought you yet another fantastic weekly installment of the best of what's happening in photography online. This week, read tutorials on macro flower photography, a great guide to exposure and the HDR panorama workflow. Special features this week include a collection of photos on the The Mighty SR-71 Blackbird, an article about the Dalvay-By-The-Sea National Historic Site and a very interesting article about being a photography generalist. Also, be sure to check out this week's collection of awesome photos of the supermoon as well as all of the other great photography and photo blogs collected by Toad Hollow Photography for you this week.
•20 Stunning Examples of High Speed Photography (And Tuts on How to Do It Yourself) – Photography equipment is expensive. We all know that. For some of us these costs are not a problem and for others they are downright prohibitive. No photographer should let price hamper their creativity though. A little creative ingenuity and some inexpensive materials can enable you to have all kinds of useful equipment without the exorbitant price tags. This article points you to some great online resources for tutorials on how to make your own photography equipment. You can make your own light tent, a ring flash, a reverse lens macro and more!
•How to Get Genuine Feedback on Your Photographs – It's easy to get swept up in the friendliness of an online photography community. People love to share their photos and most of the feedback you will hear is positive. This can be very encouraging, which is certainly a good thing. Also, it can help protect communities from devolving into a pit of sociopaths and trolls who like nothing better than to make people feel bad. However, there can be a downside to all of this friendliness. How are you supposed to improve without some constructive criticism? If all you ever hear is positive feedback it will prove to be difficult to know the areas where you could improve your craft. There are some options available for photographers that are brave enough to receive some negative feedback. Light Stalking now has a “Shark Tank” forum which promises to deliver just that.
What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community
Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – Heat! it's currently summer in the Northern hemisphere and summer is one interpretation of heat. However, there are a lot of ways that the idea of heat can be interpreted and expressed. Be creative and show us what's hot!
We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum. Last week’s photography challenge was Water! What can you do with water? Do you have any water photos that you would like to share with us? We would love to see them in the forum.
Also, check out the Travel! challenge from the week before. It is travel season in some parts of the world. Some people travel all year long for business or pleasure. Whether your travel photos were taken today or years ago, please share them with us.
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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 Lynne Mass.
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.