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Photography tutorials, links, interesting blogs, the one’s you may have missed

It’s that time of the week again when you get to have a look at some of the best tutorials, links and photographers posted on the photography blogs of the world in the last 7 days. Every time I look through these I find something interesting or inspiring. Any image that makes me want to pick up my camera and go out and shoot is a good picture. As always collated by those guys in Canada, Toad Hollow Photography and brought to you via those other guys over in Australia Lightstalking, what a service they bring. Here is that link to all that loveliness

and here is a picture of the week from Time Magazine

Cai Bing—XINHUA/ZUMA Press

Here is a taste of just a few of those links available from Toad Hollow/Lightstalking


A Step-By-Step Guide to Shooting Your First Product Photograph – this is a fabulous and thought-provoking tutorial that discusses product photography, and specifically lighting.  Some great insight, tips and tricks are shared here which can help everyone understand how to effectively provide lighting for this style of photography.

Boudoir Part 8 : Complex Light – another installment in Erik Kerstenbecks running series shows us how to achieve a specific look and style in the world of boudoir photography.  A behind the scenes look at the setup gives the reader a deeper look, well worth the time to visit.

Boudoir Part 9: Simple Lighting – a follow-up to the previous link, this post showcases the results of simple lighting.  Erik Kerstenbeck shares some great insider tips and tricks and discusses how this style of photography can be accomplished with minimal gear.  A great and short article to read.

Using Camera Angles in Photography – a must read guide for how to use alternative camera angles to express your desired vision photographically.  A well written and thought-provoking piece, this is sure to give almost everyone a fresh insight into composition.

Dodging and Burning – a great video tutorial sharing tips and secrets on how to properly dodge and burn HDR photos.  Well worth the time to view, this is a great resource to take in.

Custom Brushes – The Secret of Background Effects – a how-to guide showing you some tips and tricks on creating a bokeh effect in your photography without the need of any plug-ins.  This is a great post, well worth the time to read.


Round up of this weeks best photo blogs, galleries and photography tutorials

Toad Hollow photography, each week, put together a list of must see photography links to tutorials, galleries, photo blogs and essential stuff for the interested photographer. Have you noticed how most people who has a dslr lists photography as an interest or hobby but most of them only ever express that interest by buying the camera in the first place. You, looking here at our blog and being invited to travel the wonder web with us experiencing and enjoying the fantastic world of photography, are clearly not most people, you are a bit special.

Anyway here is the weekly round up from Toad Hollow via those nice folks downunder at Lightstalking

“The world of photography has produced some great work this week, and Toad Hollow Photography has been busy finding the best tutorials, photography and interesting blogs.  Truly great images have been produced by some awesome photographers, and all the links listed here will take you to see them.  We really hope you enjoy perusing this list as much as the Toad did in bringing it to you.”….MORE

William EgglestonRed Ceiling

Here is a taste of this weeks offerings from TH


How to Photograph Your Fist Smashing Through a Wall of Water – a great video tutorial that shares some great tips, tricks and insight into this very interesting style of photography.  High drama and intrigue await those who use this technique, producing some truly one-of-a-kind images.

Loire Valley Boathouse – Stressing the Focal Point in Photography – a compelling picture is accompanied by a very informative write-up that discusses the use of focal points in photography.  Great tips, tricks and examples are brought together in the comprehensive post, sure to teach most everyone something of the subject.

14 Composition Techniques that Will Instantly Improve Your Photos – a very well written and informative article on the act of composition.  Great examples are provided with each point discussed, giving the reader strong conclusions and ideas to try in their own work.

Marketing Campaigns for Photographers – Creating a Viral Video – a different perspective on how to market yourself is expressed in this interesting article.  It includes some examples to show how to effectively utilize this technique of personal marketing.

Check out the Toad’s photo blog and gallery of Canadian Fine Art and Landscape Photography.

90 Photography tutorials, links and great images

Thanks for this listing to Toad Hollow via Lightstalking

“Check out the Toad’s photo blog and gallery of Canadian Fine Art and Landscape Photography.

What a huge week we’ve had here in the wide world of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been very busy compiling this very comprehensive list of tutorials, great photography and interesting blogs to share.  You will find some great links here taking you off to see some fabulous works by some truly talented people.  We hope you enjoy visiting these links as much as the Toad did in bringing them to you.”

Here are some tasters for you


Getting The Perfect Portrait Every Time – a great piece from master photographers outlining tips and tricks on how to achieve that perfect portrait, every time you get behind the lens.  David Ziser hosts this fabulous tutorial, making it widely available for everyone to enjoy and gain some behind-the-scenes information from.

Make Your Own Canvas Portrait – a short but awesome post on how to create your very own canvas portraits.  Even if this is something you don’t have an immediate plan for, this great post is highly informative and left me personally with a lot of new creative ideas.

Lighting Basics: Hard Light and Soft Light – an absolutely detailed and highly informative article on different lighting, how it effects photography and how best to employ it.  This is an in-depth article, sure to shed some light on this subject for most photographers, if you’ll pardon the pun.


Learning to See (Part 3) – seriously profound, this series of pictures and accompanying story will leave you feeling something, no doubt about it.  Master photographer and writer Tom Dinning shares a personal story that is punctuated with the most incredible imagery, sure to move all those who take it in.  As the story unfolded, I had a strong sense I knew where we were going with it, but each and every word, each and every picture, was taken in like the finest square of chocolate or a sip of the finest whiskey.

Pyestock – The Gates Of The River Styx – easily one of my picks of this week, Mark Blundell roars onto the photography scene with this picture that will leave you with as many questions as answers.  Incredible photography and processing merge to create this absolutely incredible piece.  A great accompanying write-up explains the setting, leaving the viewer yearning for much, much more.

If you want to see all of them go here
Here is a picture of the beautiful city OSP towers calls home, freshly baked for you this morning

88 Photography Sites worth visiting from the last 7 days

Toad Hollow have done it again, brought together in one place some of the best photo links found on the web in the last 7 days

“Toad Hollow Photography has been busy searching the internet all week for the best links on tutorials, photography and interesting blogs to share with everyone.  A very active week in the world of photography, this list contains some great work from some truly great people.  We hope you enjoy checking out the pages and pictures as much as the Toad did in bringing them to you.”

Here are some but go here for the full monty should give you something to look at over the weekend


Tabletop Tutorial #2: macro photography using focus stacking – Chris Wray is a top drawer photographer, and in this post he’s put together a great tutorial on a special photography technique, focus stacking.

Yana: Learn How to Create an Awesome WordPress Blog News Theme – an interesting tutorial sure to give everyone some fresh ideas on creating a powerful blog.

Fine Art Images Using Texture Overlays – another powerful and rich article from the studio of Viveca Koh describes the use of texture overlays in the creation of fine art.  A detailed article with many tips on technique, this is sure to keep everyone captivated and teach us all some fabulous techniques to use in our own workflow.

Scenic Outlook – Autumn Approaches – Dave Wares shares a great set of tips and pointers on photography in the Autumn season.  Fabulous photography punctuates the article, giving the reader a great sense of how to go about doing this sort of work.

GoCast #7 – Shooting With Other Photographers – a video piece details some great details on being the prime or secondary photographer on a shoot, well worth the time if you are going to be part of a team anytime in the future.

10 Tip Guide to Getting Started with Street Portraiture – a great piece outlines how to go about producing great street photography.  This fabulous article from Simon Bray gives us tips, tricks and secrets on location, gear, you name it…  it’s here!

Just to cheer you up here is a picture by Josef Koudelka

Here is some more from Toad Hollow via Lightstalking


A minute of your time, please. – once again, our very own Tom Dinning here at Light Stalking delivers an utterly profound and poignant post accented with some of the best B&W photos you’ll ever see.  Full of drama and emotion, the images are sure to stir something deep in you, and when taken in context of the awesome post accompanying them they are guaranteed to make you pause and reflect.

Ready. To Cruise. The Strip. – an icon of a time now past, this wonderful photo of a specific detail of a car really produces a strong sense of nostalgia.  Cathy Ross captures and processes something absolutely familiar and unique at the same time.

Bolton Emerson Americas: Bolts – straight from the studio of the talented Bob Lussier, we find ourselves taking a close look at a rack of bolts.  Exquisite depth of focus and composition converge to create a truly compelling picture from a rather unremarkable subject under most circumstances.

Out to Sea – this is an absolutely striking photograph of an aircraft carrier at sea.  Chris DeAngelis shares an incredible silhouette of the powerful carrier accented with sun rays beaming down from the sky.

Male Cardinal and Autumn Bokeh – a truly stunning image of a cardinal in a tree, punctuated with exquisite depth of focus creating great bokeh.  Kerri Farley shares another incredible nature photograph, one surely to amaze and delight everyone.

Cliff Living – you have got to see this picture, it’s beyond amazing!  Len Saltiel shares a photo taken of a long abandoned town positioned on the side of a mountain.  Built over 1,500 years ago this photograph really brings home the drama of a site that is full of mystery and history, yet remains in really great condition.

Desert Burst – Chris Frailey shares a wonderful and beautiful picture taken in the desert of a sunburst.  A tip is also included, for those who might wish to emulate this style of photography.  Absolutely dramatic and gorgeous results are achieved here with this picture that will bring a smile to everyones face.

Amazing Photography Links, Tuts and Images You May Have Missed

Bad day today, going to say farewell to Paul.

So just one post but a piece so full of goodies it will keep you occupied all weekend.

“It has been a very active week online in the world of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been interacting with photographers and combing for links to the very best content to share with everyone here.  This weeks list contains a great series of tutorials, photography and blogs to enjoy by some of the industry leaders.  We certainly hope you have a great time going through this list.”.……more  By via Lightstalking

Here is a little taste


TWiT Photo, Episode 24: Alex Koloskov and liquid photography – one of the worlds leading professional product photographers, Alex Koloskov, shares with us two just incredible images, one taken under pressure in less than 10 minutes; all the time while being on the TWiT episode live.  Links are available to take the visitor to a video tutorial on how he does this style of work, and is sure to amaze everyone.

Cloned Self Portraits: How I Do It – this incredible blog post is not new this week, but hit our radar and we thought it was a fabulous tutorial well worth sharing with a wider audience here.  A very complex and tricky method is discussed by Viveca Koh, describing in great detail how to go about creating this very different and interesting style of imagery.


ECVB – Organ Pipes – Mark Blundell delivers an absolutely breathtaking 360* panorama shot composed of 162 individual images; one of the highlights of the weeks list.  This industrial urbex presentation is unlike anything widely seen before and is absolutely guaranteed to amaze!

In The Beginning… – world-class photographer and writer Tom Dinning shares with us a poignant and profound piece sure to stir the human being within us all.  Extremely inspirational and a call to action this blog is sure to speak to the passion found in incredible imagery.


Food for Thought: Hungry in New Mexico – a new blog from an absolutely incredible photographer, Jim Hunter, that showcases a really wonderful cause to get behind.  His new project is just getting off the ground and we are looking forward to following along as the story unfolds.

The Climate Reality Project–Are these natural disasters caused by climate change? – the explosion of a Chilean volcano creates the setting for this amazing set of photographs.  The results of this natural disaster are documented and shared in this blog post.

As the warmth of the sun leaves my back… by Jack Batchelor, on Flickr

52 Cool Photography Articles, Blogs, Photos and Collections from This Week

Last time out it was only 29 articles that Toad Hollow recommended so when they say “The internet has been very active this week in terms of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been searching to find the best links to sites with great tutorials, blogs and just incredible photography to share with everyone.  We hope you enjoy this week’s list.” they do mean busy….more of the article and links here  By

Mojave Green in the Black Rock Desert by jurvetson, on Flickr