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Wrapping Up Another Week on Light Stalking – Popular Stories, Photo Contests and Great Shots

Here is a bit more from the other side of the world where it is still warm. and Lightstalking do their stuff, good on ’em

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

tree perspective

Congratulations to Andy Dorr for this very fantastical photo of the week!  David can also be found on Facebook.  You can comment on his photo here.

The Most Popular Stories from the Last 7 Days

7 Lessons You Can Learn from Shooting with a Camera Phone – Most of us would rather do just about anything but give up our expensive, heavy DSLR.  However, most of us are familiar with the idea that a good photographer is going to take good photos no matter what camera they are using.  The most low-tech alternative to a DSLR would be a pinhole camera, which is not something that most of us are going to choose if we have a camera phone at our disposal.  There are a few obvious pluses to shooting with a camera phone as well as some serious drawbacks, both of which are illustrated in this article.  In the end, it might be worth it to put aside your DSLR for a few days and see what you learn.

10 Photography Grants and Scholarships for Amateurs and Professionals – Sometimes we just don’t have the resources that we need to progress in our skills and careers as photographers.  Luckily, there are a number of grants available to both amateur and working photographers that are awarded each year.  It never hurts to try!

Pinhole Photography Competition

We have been asked to help publicise this competition, I can’t help thinking that demanding prints will be a problem but hey. what do I know.

The competition is organized by Trójmiejska Szkoła Fotografii TSF operated by TSF-Trójmiejskie Studio Fotografii Radosław Brzozowski.
The competition is open to all photographers. The photographs entered must be taken with a pinhole camera. Entries will only be accepted as prints. The minimal size for entries is 13x18cm. In case of entries printed in square format the minimum size is 13x13cm. In case of entries with non-standard proportions the longer side must not exceed 50cm. The application form can be downloaded from the organizer’s webpage
www.tsf.edu.pl as well as from the main sponsor’s webpage www.szlachetnafotografia.com . Competition entries should be sent to:
TSF Trójmiejska Szkoła Fotografii Al. Niepodległości 792/6 81-805 Sopot Poland
Marked ‘PINHOLE’ on the envelope.

World Pin Hole Day

I am led to believe this is not a joke, there is a day celebrating pinhole photography, ……….why not a day for short fat bald blokes?

To celebrate Worldwide Pinhole Day, Silverprint will also be joining in with our very own Pinhole Day on Friday 4th May. There will be a workshop, special offers on all pinhole cameras and books, plus the debut launch of our 1st Silverprint Pinhole Competition with some fantastic prizes and interesting categories.

The workshop is free and will be held at 11am on Friday 4th May. It’s limited to 10 participants so you’ll need to be quick; please email anna@silverprint.co.uk before Friday 26th April.
All materials will be provided, so just bring your creativity and have some fun!

Silverprint can be found here

Darkroom in a box

It must be said that I am sold on Photo JoJo, I do think their irreverence is infectious and worth spreading, not the infection but the irreverence…..

Way back in 1851, photographers were an exclusive band of badass adventurers.

Marauders of the land, they hauled dark rooms across majestic mountain ranges and captured images of the countryside for the first time ever.

Like the great photographers of yore, you can now tow your camera and darkroom wherever you may be. Meet the Darkroom in a Box, a pinhole camera and portable darkroom in one.

Designed and hand assembled in France, it’s a miniature photo lab that lets you shoot and develop a photo all in one clever box.

Just how clever is it? Shooting and developing only takes 3 steps. 1) Slip photo paper into provided holder and place in the box. 2) Expose the photo via a pinhole in the top of the box. 3) Steep the photo in the provided developer and fix.

Voilà!: your very own hand shot and developed photo! Yup, it’s pretty much magic in a box, and you’re pretty much a badass.”




We haven’t tried the Darkroom in a box so our recommendation is out of the sheer joy in the idea rather than how well it all works.

Full details here

5×4 pinhole camera

The robust HARMAN TiTAN camera has been designed in conjunction with, and manufactured in the UK by Walker Cameras who are well known for their range of Titan large format film cameras. The body is made from injection moulded ABS, finished with a very durable non-slip coating. All fittings are made from stainless steel. This combination of materials makes the camera exceptionally durable and able to withstand extreme natural elements, and rough handling.

The camera, which can be used with any photographic film or paper, takes a 4 x 5 film holder and features tripod mount positions, built-in spirit levels, and accessory mount. The kit model comes with a 72mm wide-angle cone, which is interchangeable. Separate cones of 110 and 150mm, which is the same focal length as on a 5 x 4 camera, are planned as optional extras.

Included in the kit are 10 sheets of 4 x 5 inch HARMAN DIRECT POSITIVE photographic paper, 10 sheets of 4 x 5 inch ILFORD DELTA 100 Professional film, and a Pinhole Exposure Calculator designed by Richard Koolish, all contained in a recognisable iconic ILFORD white box.

Suggestions are that the kit will cost £150 and be availablr from late October full details from the Ilford web site here

Pinhole digital photography

Fellow photography blogger Ed Verosky has a post about using a digital camera to produce pin hole photographs on his site today, an article by Joseph Ferreira. Pinhole photography has been a staple of those wish to experiment with photography almost since the birth of the medium. Turning your dslr into a pinhole camera is not too difficult and this article explains how. The great thing about doing this digitally is that the problems of exposure encountered when shooting film are minimised because you have instant review and can make adjustments to suit. There is another really useful site dedicated to pinhole photography here

Here are some digital pinhole photographs