What You Missed This Week

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As you're aware Light Stalking has a thriving community happening right here on the site and every week we're astounded at what they come up with in terms of both great photography and incredible advice and tips. If you're not already part of the fray, then jump in and register.

If you haven't seen it yet, the activity stream now allows members to post photos, video and interesting links that they find around the web. Why not try it out by posting links to your latest blog post?

What's Happening in the Forums

The forum has been busy with great photography this week. Here are some of our favourite threads.

The Architecture of Alcala – An incredible collection that founding member, Astaroth was kind enough to share with us. Well worth checking out and you can see more at his photography journal online.

Holy Grotesque

Eeenie, Meenie, Minie Mo – An interesting collection of infrared portraits from member, Even1ingstar. You can see more of her amazing infrareds on Flickr.

The King's Bedchamber – These are some great HDR interior shots from member, Toadhollow, who usually loves to document and share the urban decay and buildings pending demolition in his home area of Canada. You can see more of his photos at the Toad's website.

Maintaining Detail in RAW Converted to JPG – A good discussion on a technical issue that has a lot of people stumped.

Abstract Photography (Awesome Images) – We haven't really covered much in the way of Abstract here on Light Stalking. So our members decided to rectify that with some great photos and discussion of their own.

Photo of the Week

Each week, Tom Dinning selects the Light Stalking photo of the week. Most weeks he can keep it to only one and this week the winner was this fantastic portrait from member FishToy (Lucas Araujo). You can see more of Fishtoy's great photography at his Flickr account.

Interesting Photography Links from Members

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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Rob is the founder of Light Stalking. His love for photography pushed him into building this fantastic place, and you can get to know him better here.

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