What Happened on Lightstalking This Week (including 2 Photo Challenges!)

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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

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This Amazing Photo by Marco.

The Most Popular Stories from the Last 7 Days

Minimalism – The Art of Less – Learn more about minimalist photography, where the work is set out to expose the essence or identity of a subject through eliminating all non-essential forms, features or concepts.

Is Program Mode For idiots? – Manual mode is great if you have plenty of time to compose a shot, but if the moment is fleeting it's more important to get the shot than worry about technical stuff.

An Introduction to Concert Photography –  This helpful guide will give you all the information you need to get started in concert photography.

What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community

Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – Point of View (POV)!

We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum. Last week’s photography challenge was Breaking the Rule of Thirds– Do you have any interesting photos which demonstrate breaking the rule of thirds?  Also, check out the fantastic images from the week before in Rule of Thirds.

Other Weekly Photography Challenges:

View this week’s Mobile Monday Challenge.

We’d love to chat with you! Add your opinions here:

•Under the Rainbow

•Using Light to Emphasize the Subject

•Fall Color

•Hairy Little Critter

What Are Our Members Up To?

We have some amazing members here at Light Stalking that runs 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

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Photo by ajithaa.

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Photo by Richard Wood. He can also be found on Facebook.

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Photo by Mark Paulson.

If you’re not already part of the Light Stalking community then come and join the fun. We promise not to bite!

Rachael Towne is a photographer and can be found on her photography blog as well as Twitter.

 

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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