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Daily Archives: December 6, 2012

So many photography tutorials

From Canada to Australia to Oxford links and tutorials to keep you occupied. Toad Hollow Photography to Lightstalking to you how great is that

As fall begins to settle in Toad Hollow Photography searches high and low online to find the very best links to tutorials, great photography and interesting blogs to share with everyone.  This week’s list features some fabulous pieces as posted by some of the truly talented photographers that the Toad encountered during this week’s adventures.  We really hope you enjoy reading these posts and seeing some of these awesome images as much as the Toad did in bringing this list to you.

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A Detailed Guide to Photographing Fall Foliage – the term detailed doesn’t even begin to describe the incredible depth this article goes into in terms of sharing tips and tricks for great fall photography.  A large series of incredible photographs illustrates all the points mentioned, making for a complete and authoritative online guide to this type of image creation.

Quick Photo Tip: Be An Observer Of Your Surroundings – once again Joe Baraban shares some insight into capturing one of those “OMG” photos that we all strive for.  Sometimes the simplest lessons contain the biggest rewards, and this article discusses this facet of photography.  One of the best parts of this post is Joe’s incredible imagery that he shares to illustrate his point.


Iceland by Michael Schlegel – epic and dramatic landscape shots are presented in this post that features the black-and-white photography of Michael Schlegel.  Iceland is a very unique place and these incredible photographs shares some of the vistas that have given it this reputation.  Michael’s incredible compositions share a sense of scale in some of these shots, and removes it in others.  Definitely a collection you won’t want to miss in this week’s links list!

Enough Brilliant Photography Links to see you through to 2013

From Toad Hollow via Lightstalking

It’s been a terrific week in the world of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been busy searching the internet for links to the very best tutorials, articles, photography and blogs to share here with everyone.  This week’s list is full of fabulous works by some truly talented folks in the field.  We really hope you enjoy checking out the links provided as much as the Toad did in bringing this list to you.

Here is a taste of the tutorials section, go here for all these links


Vasona’s Tree of Life – Selective Color How-To – selective color in an image can be an extremely powerful tool to convey an expression to a viewer.  Adam Allegro shows us step-by-step the process he went through to create a stunning landscape photograph that uses selective coloring to make a tree stand out.

10 Top Tips for Capturing the Winter Cold – a great collection of tips for the outdoor photographer trying to capture some of the magic in winter.  This list is a basic set of tips full of ideas on how to use this time of year to your advantage to create stunning imagery.

Understanding Image Stabilization and Avoiding Blur – this article discusses a common problem in photography that can be tricky to overcome.  Bill Jones discusses the various types of image stabilization and presents a few tips and tricks for how to overcome the dreaded blur.

How to Make a Darkroom in Your Bathroom

by over at Lightstalking

Despite the current renaissance of film photography, one of the biggest issues facing celluloid fans is getting it processed and printed. Long gone are the days of mini-labs in every small town, today you are more likely to have to send it off to another location to get the processing done. Even more tricky is to find places that will process and print black and white film, so, with that in mind,  why not have a go yourself. Back in the analogue days, one of the most popular ways of doing this was to have a bathroom darkroom. This simple set up negated the need for a dedicated room and permanent set up, and allowed for the photographer to develop as and when he needed to.

So How Do We Set Up a Bathroom Darkroom?

Well, first and most importantly, we need to black out the bathroom. There are several ways of doing this, but one of the best ways is to make wooden frame covered in blackout cloth or plastic that fits snugly into the window’s alcove. To seal any further light leakage use a roll of duct tape to seal around the window and the doors. The advantages of using duct tape is that it is easily removed when finished and cheap. Once sealed, stand in the bathroom for ten minutes (and let your eyes adjust) to see where, if at all, light is leaking.

A simple solution to creating a darkroom – by Matus Kalisky, on Flickr

More here  How to Make a Darkroom in Your Bathroom