Digital Blending is a Post Production Technique You Need to Get
a Hold Of – this short tutorial is hosted right here on
Light Stalking, and it discusses a technique that can be
applied in a variety of ways to help you take fine control of
the image you are creating, often with incredible results. The
various techniques are covered briefly in this article, giving
you a great springboard to reference to get you well on your
way to creating your own fantastic images.
Take advantage of selection tools in Photoshop – this brief
article takes you through some terrific tips and tricks
regarding selection tools in Photoshop, and how to get a clean
selection very quickly and easily. A sample image is included
to give you visual feedback on how the technique works, making
this a straightforward process you can apply to your own
Overpowering the sun; Shooting outdoor flash portraits in harsh
bright sunlight – taking control of ambient versus
artificial lighting is a key concept in photography, allowing
the photographer to create the perfect balance that is desired
for the final result. Gavin Hoey on AdoramaTV takes us through
this process using speedlights and strobes, and shows you the
finished pictures so you can instantly see the effects the
Behind the Scenes: Aquatic Beauty Shoot With Lindsay Adler
– check out this incredible behind-the-scenes video that shows
us the various things that have to happen to create incredible
fashion and beauty images. Industry leader Lindsay Adler has a
team working with her during this session, and the incredible
attention to fine details results in some pretty stunning
How to Increase Impact in Portraits With Selective Masking
– this short video tutorial takes you quickly through a
technique that can be used in post-production that will add
drama and impact to portraits. The process is covered by
working on a real photograph, allowing you to see each step and
the effect it has on the final image.
And Why You Should Use Flash – this brief tutorial
discusses the application of flash light in a picture, and how
best to use it. Sample shots are included to illustrate the
core concepts, giving those who are beginning to explore the
world of artificial lighting a great starting point.
Take a visit inside Ansel Adams’ house & studio to see his
camera collection – just as the title promises, this video
presentation is just over 12 minutes in length and showcases
some of the equipment that world-famous photographer Ansel
Adams used during the course of his career. This is an
absolutely fascinating video to watch as it gives us some
incredible insight into who is arguably one of the best
photographers that ever lived and practiced.
A tour of the legendary USS Missouri – C|NET takes us on an
incredible photographic tour of the famous battleship Missouri
as it sits docked in Hawaii. For those who can’t make the trip
in person, this is a great way to quickly tour this famous ship
that has a fascinating history to it.
NASA Unveils Vast Archive of Space Images – NASA has just
released an incredible archive of space captured photographs
and now has them available online for the world to check out
and enjoy. This is a massive catalog, your best bet is to pull
up a chair and expect to spend some time working your way
through this treasure trove.
A Simple Explanation of How Lenses Work – Canon has just
released a brief video presentation that shows us how lenses
work. This fascinating look at the physics behind how lenses
function is sure to remove some of the mystery behind this
Watch Erik Johansson Create One of His Surreal Photos from
Scratch – learning about the creative process employed by
professionals is a great way to learn, and it’s really
interesting as well. This short video is just over 3 minutes in
length and it gives us all a great behind-the-scenes look at
what went into creating a really terrific fine art piece.
Great Photography Links
Between edges of the World – Dmitry Kupratsevich delivers a
stunning image, one that is truly a piece of fine art, in this
shot that features the ancient monastery in the middle of Lake
Bled in Slovenia. As a light fog encircles this medieval era
place, a sense of mystery and intrigue envelops you, creating a
feeling that you have stepped back in time hundreds of years.
– the beautiful power and drama that can only be discovered in
the heart of a black-and-white photograph comes to brilliant
life in this shot shared here by Michael Criswell. Michael
takes us inside an old abandoned church where years of decay
have left their indelible mark behind, and this is accented
perfectly by some graffiti that has been carefully placed to
make everyone who sees it ponder the meaning of life itself.
Interior Architecture of Mosque – a beautifully adorned
mosque in Lahore, Pakistan comes to life on our screens in this
terrific architectural study by Sajid Abdullah. The incredible
colors that grace the inside finds perfect harmony with all the
great details, creating an image that draws you in as you
explore the finer features.
at the beach – beautiful colors adorn our screens in this
beach themed shot posted by Barry Turner. A row of beach huts
form a perfect leading line in this shot as we follow along
outwards into a gorgeous sunset that exhibits the best that
nature has to share.
– a fascinating image is presented here by Mitul Shah,
featuring a coastline that cuts the frame in half with light
trails from moving traffic that create strong leading lines
into the photograph. The results showcase a great vanishing
point in the distance as we look at a scene that features
dramatic architecture poised on the edge of the ocean for a
great sense of artistic tension.
But Net – CJ Schmit takes us inside a long abandoned
gymnasium where years of neglect along with artful graffiti
artists have left behind textures and details that are terrific
to view. This shot is full of great elements, offering more to
the viewer who spends time checking out the finer points.
We Go – a dash of motion blur effect on the outer edges of
this abstract architectural shot creates a sense of dynamism as
we follow the natural leading lines into a compelling vanishing
point in this photograph by Mitul Shah. The unique processing
treatment that Mitul uses on this shot creates something truly
special as it draws you into the heart of the image.
My City – Washington DC – JayJacy Photography shares a
dramatic architectural study in this shot, utilizing the power
that can be leveraged by HDR to fully bring the scene to life.
This shot features one of the dominant government structures in
the city, sharing a bit of the spirit of this world-famous
Dancing Trees 2 – nature once again delights and entrances
in this shot from Anton Raharja that focuses on a grove of
trees standing in water as a brilliant sunset lingers behind
them in the distance. The wonderful colors of the sunset make
silhouettes out of the trees, adding a perfect finishing
element to this great photograph.
Castle – this photo essay comes to us from Magnumlady who
brings us along on a glorious exploration of a very old castle.
This post features shots from both the outside and the inside,
covering a vast array of details and features allowing us all
to experience a visit to this historic location.
Mad World – silky reflections and dramatic architecture are
the order of the day in this great image by The Narratographer.
A dreamy ambience is captured in this shot as a thin fog
envelops some of the buildings, delivering a mesmerizing image
that reveals more to the viewer as you spend time taking in the
Cargèse à la tombée de la nuit – Mathias Lucas takes us on
a brief journey of discovery, sharing photographs from two
distinct churches that sit across from each other. Mathias
brings his personal and unique vision to this work, sharing a
few compositions that do a lovely job of showcasing the
inherent architectural features of the buildings.
Standing Room Only – the panoramic format utilized in this
composition by Timothy Poulton showcases the incredible New
Zealand landscapes that surround this old stone church that
sits on the side of a lake. The character of the church itself
creates a perfect anchor element as we discover dramatic
snow-capped mountains in the distance that create a natural
– this fabulous photograph by Efemir Art features incredible
colors, silky waters and wonderful natural silhouettes from
rock formations in an exploration of nature. This picture takes
on a highly abstract feel to it, along with a sense of mystery
in the natural ambience of the setting and the conditions
Arizona Style – Ron Niebrugge’s shot features dramatic
silhouettes of large standing cactus trees against the backdrop
of a vibrantly colored sunset that shows us the epic beauty of
a color palette that can only be found naturally. This shot
really gives us a great idea of what it’s like in this region,
and does so with a touch of artistic tension to draw you into
Magical Dawn in Bled – deep oranges dominate the color
palette in this stunning shot that features the ancient
monastery at Lake Bled in Slovenia. This location reveals
completely different personalities and character of the scene
depending on time of day and weather conditions, and in this
case Csilla Zelko delivers a purely magical rendition.
State Capitol – Mark Summerfield does a terrific job of
sharing a photograph of a very important historical state
building that sits in Virginia. Built in the late 1700’s, this
building has deep roots in the history of the formation of the
United States, and Mark’s composition does a great job of
Waiting for the perfect salmon – Dylan Furst captures a
striking portrait of a bald eagle sitting on a branch on a very
moody day, presumably patiently waiting for signs of it’s next
meal. This incredible portrait of this raptor does a perfect
job of capturing it’s spirit and personality.