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How to Best Utilize the Various Metering Modes in Your Camera

A camera determines exposure by using metering modes. While Matrix metering is typically used and recommended for many settings, Spot and …

By the Silent Line: Photographer Pierre Folk Spent Years Documenting a Vanishing 160-Year-Old Parisian Railway | Colossal

<p>The <i>Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture</i> (French for “little belt railway”) was a 32 km railway that encircled Paris, connecting all the major railway …

Why Curves is One of the Most Powerful Tools in Photoshop

To a novice photographer, Photoshop can seem daunting with its countless tools. To many experienced photographers, Photoshop’s curves can bring …

Video: Tutorial Shows You Exactly How to Capture the Milky Way in Heavy Light Pollution

A couple of days ago, we republished a short tutorial by talented photographer Justin Ng that explained how he uses the Expose To The Right (ETTR) …

Back to the Basics: ISO and Noise Explained

As photography technology continues to improve year in and year out, the ISO ranges we’re capable of pulling quality images from are getting truly …

Master the Art of Panning With These 9 Useful Tips

Panning is a technique where you pan your camera to follow the motion of your subject and render motion blur to the background but capture the …

Striking Black & White Photographs Capture the Chaotic Streets of Tokyo

While he was born in 1965, it wasn’t until 2008 when Tatsuo Suzuki first picked up a camera with the intent to be a photographer. Since then, he’s …

30 Amazing Photography Links That Will Get You Inspired

This week's list of hand selected photography destinations represent the best links to tutorials, special features, great photography and interesting …

Video: Inspirational Words on Having Confidence as a Photographer

We are our own worst critics. It’s always the case. Naturally, we see the works of others and gawk in amazement, but when viewing our own work we can …

10 Things Non-Photo People Do That Annoy the Crap Out of Photo Enthusiasts

Photo enthusiasts and pro photographers alike should appreciate this one, because we all have those friends who know nothing about photography and, …

Understanding Aperture: Why Shooting Wide Open Isn’t Always the Best Choice

When you drop hundreds or thousands of dollars on a new piece of fast glass, it’s natural to want to shoot it wide-open until the focusing ring falls …

The Inverse Square Law of Light Explained in Simple Terms for Photographers, Part II

A few weeks ago we shared with you the first part of a series Karl Taylor created, explaining the inverse square law of light. That is, the intensity …

Life After Dark: Helpful Tips for Street Photography at Night

To the surprise of no one, the topic of light is relatively common here on Light Stalking; search the archives and you can easily find plenty of …

5 Unique Photography Apps for iOS and Android You Should be Aware of

Smartphone photography may have its detractors, but its proponents are all that really matter; they keep the mobile phone photography community alive …

MIT Offers Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Course for Free Online

It’s not unusual for colleges with large open-source programs to put out a number of courses free for the world to browse through online. In the past …

What Aperture Should You Use?

Sometimes aperture and depth of field can be a little tricky to get your head around, especially when you’re a new photographer. Matt Granger gives a …

Simple Tip for Getting Tack Sharp, In Focus Landscape Photos Every Time

For landscape photographers, getting your entire scene in focus while keeping things as sharp as possible at the same time can be a challenge.<p>But if …

5 Tools You Might Not Be Using in Lightroom

I am a professional wedding photographer and I end up editing thousands of images for my clients. While there are lots of wedding photographers who …

Tutorial: Everything You Need to Know About Using Auto Exposure Bracketing

Exposure bracketing is the practice of taking several exposures – at least two, usually more – of the same scene. With each exposure taken, the goal …

Manual HDR Bracketing Explained

<b>Tip:</b> You can also combine automatic and manual bracketing. Check out my tutorial on semi-automatic bracketing.

Back to Basics: 5 Reasons Why Beginners Should Invest in a Prime Lens

If you have a friend who just got into photography and they ask you to recommend a first lens to buy in addition to the standard kit lens, chances …

Histograms: The Key to Perfect Exposure

Many of us will go about our photography without ever looking at those magical graphs called histograms, yet by doing so, we are severely restricting …

Back to Basics: How Best to Hold a Camera When Shooting in Low-Light

One of the advantages a beginner in any field has over an intermediate or professional who is trying to improve their craft, is that the beginner has …