If you are like most people, you have a very busy life and have to keep track of many details on any given day. We want to make things easier for you, so we compile the best of what's happening on Light Stalking each week into one easy to follow format. Our huge audience is diverse and made up of photographers of various interests and skill levels, so we want to help everyone find the content that is most interesting and helpful to them. Here are the articles, forum topics and photos that you may have missed this week on Light Stalking.
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•How to Capture Authentic Emotion in Portrait Photography – If you shoot portraits on a regular basis, you can probably identify with following a checklist of sorts. You make sure the composition is good, the lighting is just right and that the desired part of the face is in focus. However, capturing authentic emotion can be a bit harder to attain. Street photos might be the exception since in this genre you are capturing people acting candidly. There are some tricks and techniques that can help the subject and photographer come away with truly emotive portraits, which are illustrated in this article.
•Are You Guilty of These? Five Hard Photography Habits to Break – When our gear is new, most of us go our of our way to to take impeccable care of it. However, human nature seems to dictate the we will grow complacent and start cutting corners once the novelty wears off. This can have disastrous consequences on your gear. The tips in this article should get you back on track to taking good care of your gear.
•4 Strong Tips for Reigniting Your Love Affair With Photography – For a good number of us, photography is much more than a hobby. It's a passion. We become consumed with capturing that unique angle and freezing that precise moment in time. However, our passion can easily turn on a dime and sour. We may still feel obliged to continue using our gear out of some obligation since so much time and money have been invested in it. How do we rekindle that spark of passion and really enjoy photography again? These tips will get you back on track.
•How to Photograph Light Trails – Photographing Light Trails can be somewhat of a right of passage for low-light photographers. Typically, a landscape composition includes a stretch of road and some traffic that is photographed at just the right time to capture the light from headlights and taillights. In a nutshell, light trails are captured using a stationary camera, long exposure and moving lights. This guide will give you all of the basics you need to get started with this form of photography.
What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community
Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – Travel Photography! It's definitely travel season and many of us have recently traveled or are currently doing so. Do you have any travel photographs to share with us? Perhaps you have some shots taken from a long-ago trip or are you are on a photographic adventure right now?
We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum. Last week’s photography challenge was Flowers! It's summer in the northern hemisphere, which is perhaps not as flower abundant as the spring, but you can still find some great blooms to photograph. Whenever your flower photographs were taken, would you like to share them with us in the forum?
Also, check out the Roughin' It! challenge from the week before. Roughin' it can mean camping or hiking shots or it can mean something more interpretive. A craggy shoreline or a rough surface of some sort would apply as well. Let us see your idea of Roughin' it!
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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 Apeshka.
Photo by Mitch Ridder.
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.