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
This gorgeous photo of the week is by Catherine. She can also be reached on Flickr. You can comment on this photo here.
The Most Popular Stories from the Last 14 Days
•Decisions, Decisions: First Party vs. Third Party Lenses – While most photographers would always prefer to have a First party lens, you may find that it's not actually necessary. Take stock of what your needs are, consult your pocketbook, and read this article for some helpful comparisons between the two options.
•How to Create Slideshows, Webpages and Books With Apple Aperture – Like Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture has a great selection of useful output tools. This tutorial will walk you through the basics of creating webpages, books and slideshows with Apple Aperture.
•Photographing Stars On Hawaii's Mauna Kea Summit – Hawaii is universally associated with sunshine and gorgeous beaches. However, the summit of Mauna Kea is very well-known among astronomers for it's high percentage of clear nights. Just be sure to wear a coat and follow the other suggestions in this article if you plan to make the trek.
What You Missed in the Light Stalking Community
Submit your photo to this week’s photography challenge – White! Show us the white in your world such as snow, objects in your home, and anything else that is the color white.
We have had some great responses to our last few photography challenges on the forum. Last week’s photography challenge was The Holidays! – How do you celebrate this time of year? Share your holiday photos with us. Also, check out the Something close to your heart challenge from the week before.
Other Weekly Photography Challenges:
View this week’s Mobile Monday Challenge.
We’d love to chat with you! Add your opinions here:
•Flower of the day – pt 2
•A walk in the park
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 Richard Wood. Richard can also be found on Facebook..
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.