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Build Custom, Insanely Cool Stock Photos with This App

Stock photography doesn't often get enough love in the photography press. Completely necessary for marketing products, among other things, stock photography is rarely, if ever, on the forefront of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Photography, News, Build Custom Insanely Cool Stock Photos


15 Million Accounts Impacted: 500px Victim of Massive Data Breach

One of the biggest risks of any enterprise that collects information in the digital age is that that data could be hacked. Photography website 500px seems to be the latest to fall victim to a hacked... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Photography, News


This Website Creates Fake People

Artificial intelligence is taking over the world. And the promises are pretty infinite. From automating production of industrial and consumer goods to its vast impacts on photo and video editing, AI... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Photography, News


Motion Picture Academy Brings Cinematography, Other Categories, Back to Prime Time Show

The upcoming Oscars broadcast is probably one of the more controversial in the awards show’s long history, and it hasn’t even aired yet. Beset by the Kevin Hart hosting issue earlier this year, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Photography, News, Kevin Hart, Motion Picture Academy


5 Image Editing Apps That Every Mobile Photographer Will Love

Most people use their phone to take fun, informal snaps. Others use it to do serious work. And then there are all the people who fall in the middle. In any case, it all adds up to a whole lot of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Photography, Post Production


40 Photographs of Pianos That Really Tell A Story

For your delight, today we have some stunning images of pianos that embrace musicality and really successfully tell a story – be it the engineering feat of these complex instruments, or the joy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Photography, Cool Photos & Photographers


Here Are The Pros And Cons Of Watermarking Your Images

It’s impossible to understate the importance of protecting your work, especially when sharing that work online. You know, the Internet…where a few too many people are happy to take whatever they want and reuse it for their own benefit. Anytime you read a horror story about a photographer having an image stolen, it’s almost a given that a discussion (argument) about watermarking is going to permeate the comments section. It’s the Internet, remember? But the topic of watermarking is one of ...
Tags: Business, Photography, Digimarc, Pexels Watermarks, Selfie Appeals Court


So-Called Meme Ban Laws Nearing Final Stages in the EU

The EU’s new copyright laws are entering the final phases before being approved by the EU Parliament. Updating laws that have stood on the books since 2001, these new directives have drawn a lot of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Photography, News, Eu, EU Parliament Updating


6 Ways You Can Become A More Curious Photographer

In a recent post, I listed curiosity as one of three characteristics that all good photographers possess. Among those characteristics — with courage and commitment rounding out the list — I wouldn’t say that any one characteristic is more important or valuable than the others. But curiosity certainly is the most…curious. I think the most pertinent question one might ask in relation to this particular characteristic is: “How can I become a more curious photographer?” Well, I have a few ideas...
Tags: Photography, Opinion, Larry Fink, Pexels, Miguel Constantin Montes, Eschew Perfection Perfection, Ikowh Babayev


Millions of Instagram Accounts Lost Followers Today

A lot of Instagram users woke up to drastically reduced follower counts today. It seems like the great Instagram purge that the company long promised is finally upon us. Or is it? Image via Fancycrave.com from Pexels.com. Not according to The Verge, which reports that Instagram is looking into the disappearing accounts phenomenon. That means this isn’t a planned event. The social media platform took to Twitter to comment on the issue, saying to its followers, “We’re aware of an issue that is c...
Tags: Photography, News, Instagram, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Pexels, Fancycrave


Take Pictures with Your Pokémon in the Real World

When it hit app stores on iOS and Android back in July 2016, Pokémon GO was a sensation. It was also one of the first big augmented reality titles to achieve massive success. Image via Vincent M.A. Janssen from Pexels.com. Though it has fallen off of its peak somewhat, the AR app is still one of the hottest (and most lucrative) games around. If you’ve never experienced AR before, it is like something between total virtual reality and reality itself. AR games put 3D characters into the real wor...
Tags: Photography, News, Pokemon, Niantic, Pexels, Vincent M A Janssen


See What The Light Stalking Community Has Been Up To This Week

Every weekly recap is different, but there is one thing that always remains the same – the social insights tell us there are many photography enthusiasts around the globe! This week we want to welcome more than 275 new Light Stalkers and we hope all of them will enjoy being part of our community. Today we bring you the weekly highlights you definitely shouldn't miss! We'll cover many photos which illustrate how to break the rule of thirds while still getting aesthetically pleasing result...
Tags: Photography, Australia, Graham, John, Kent, Shark Tank, Tom, Don, Beth, Federico, Yvonne, Bobbie, Cool Photos & Photographers, Robert Apple, Rob Eyers, Billyspad


How to Use Light to Enhance Foreground Interest

Contrast is everything in photography. Whether it is high key or low key, the way we contrast between the subject and the background defines the look and emotion of our image. Some of the most striking uses of this contrast is when we have a beautifully lit subject and a darker more dramatic background.   So… This contrast between light and dark draws the eye towards the subject, however, it's a fine balancing act to get the contrast ratio between the foreground and background exactly right. If...
Tags: Photography, Light, Lightroom, Blake Connally, Gift Habeshaw, Roma Ryabchenko, Chung Yee Tsang


Awesome Panorama from Mar’s Vera Rubin Ridge Consists of 112 Photos

The Curiosity rover on Mars’ Vera Rubin Ridge is moving on, but not before saying a little goodbye to the area it has spent the last year exploring. Before setting off for other vistas, the Curiosity took an epic panorama pic of the iron-rich location it has studied. Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech. Studying samples collected from the Gale Crater, NASA was able to determine that the rover was exploring the remnant of an ancient Martian lake. To take the panorama pic, the Curiosity used its Mast cam...
Tags: Photography, News, Nasa, Mars, Gizmodo, Red Planet, NASA JPL Caltech, Ashwin Vasavada, Glen Torridon, NASA JPL Caltech Studying


Papers, Please: Drones Must Display Identification Numbers in the Future

After the Gatwick airport debacle this past winter holiday season 2018, renewed efforts are being made around the world to combat rogue unmanned aerial vehicles. And it couldn’t come any sooner: Not only did the Gatwick incident paralyze air traffic at a critical time during the holiday season but also it illustrated just how fragile our air transportation system are to attack and exploitation by UAVs with bad intentions. Image via Peter Fazekas from Pexels.com. The Federal Aviation Administra...
Tags: Photography, News, US, United States, Gatwick, Faa, Uav, Federal Aviation Administration, PetaPixel, Pexels, Peter Fazekas


New GFX Medium Format Camera Coming from Fuji?

More possible new gear on the horizon, and this time it is a supposed modular medium format device from Fuji. Unveiled at the Fujifilm X Summit in the city of Dubai, the concept medium format GFX camera’s body should have dials, a display, shutter, and battery to which users will be able to add other functionality. Fujifilm GFX 50S image via Fuji. Trade shows, conventions, and general events are great places to catch glimpses of the future. The Fujifilm X Summit is no different. Bringing toget...
Tags: Photography, News, Dubai, Fuji, GFX, Fujifilm GFX, Fuji Trade


5 Amazing Tips For Shooting In The Desert

Shooting deserts can a great choice for landscape photographers who like adventures. Even though the weather conditions in deserts can be quite harsh, the variety of stunning scenery and surreal quality of light can make desert photographs truly gorgeous. Deserts aren’t always devoid of life – many of them include various plants, animals and eye-catching geology which can make photos dynamic and challenging in terms of composition. The following 5 tips will help you get ready for an adventurous ...
Tags: Photography, Outdoor Photography, Unsplash, Peter Hammer, Sasha Stories on Unsplash, Brad Helmink, Giorgio Parravicini, Tim de Groot, Unsplash Desert


5 Tips For Taking Better Photos With Any Mobile Device

It’s easy to have a camera with you at all times these days — in fact, it’s virtually impossible to be without a camera. Everyone has a cell phone and every cell phone has a camera. 16 megapixels, multiple lenses, image stabilization, manual capabilities. Mobile cameras are more than competent image capturing devices that fill in nicely when you can’t or don’t want to have a full size camera slung over your shoulder or around your neck. Mobile phone photography isn’t free of drawbacks (most...
Tags: Photography, Dslr, Camera Craft, Pete Johnson, Matheus Bertelli, Power Of Your Camera Phone


The Best Photography Software for 2019

When it comes to digital photography software, options abound, perhaps to the point of being confusing. Whether you’re a first time user or in need of an upgrade or looking to make a change, here is an overview of some of the best photography software currently available. Hopefully this will help you make a more informed decision on which application is right for you. Updated: February 12, 2019 to add Luminar, Capture One Pro, Optics Pro to PhotoLab, Photo Director, Paintshop, On1's current vers...
Tags: Apple, Photography, Adobe, US, Samsung, Gear, Fujifilm, Hdr, Polaroid, Icc, Lightroom, Macphun, Aurora Hdr, Macphun Aurora Hdr, Adobe Bridge, Aurora


An Insane Amount of Models: Fyrestock, More Real Than Fyre Fest

One of the biggest scandals of 2017 was the Instagram-fueled, millennial-funded scam known as the Fyre Fest, a planned music festival on Exuma island in the Bahamas. Noted for its slick marketing that many relied upon Instagram influencers to push a “vision” of a festival that was nowhere near expectations, Fyre Fest was an utter disaster for attendees who found no music acts, few accommodations, and a lot of hard realizations that they were scammed out of thousands of dollars. Image via Ibrahi...
Tags: Photography, Shutterstock, Hollywood, News, Instagram, Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, Pexels, Ibrahim Asad, Bahamas Noted


A Beginner’s Guide To Photography

If you are just starting your photography journey, here is a beginners guide to photography, including some of the fundamentals you will encounter as you take your first step. Perhaps the greatest appeal of photography is its a mixture of the creative and technical into one all-encompassing pastime or profession. For newcomers to it, this can be an attractive, but also a daunting prospect. It can seem like there is a very steep learning curve to photography. Yet if approached in the right way, t...
Tags: Photography, ISO, Dslr, Matt Nelson, Cool Photos & Photographers, Kalen Emsley, Olia Gozha, Luca Micheli, Iris Aperture, Mario Calvo, ISO High ISO


A Beginners Guide To Photography

If you are just starting your photography journey, here is a beginners guide to photography, including some of the fundamentals you will encounter as you take your first step. Perhaps the greatest appeal of photography is its a mixture of the creative and technical into one all-encompassing pastime or profession. For newcomers to it, this can be an attractive, but also a daunting prospect. It can seem like there is a very steep learning curve to photography. Yet if approached in the right way, t...
Tags: Photography, ISO, Dslr, Matt Nelson, Cool Photos & Photographers, Kalen Emsley, Olia Gozha, Luca Micheli, Iris Aperture, Mario Calvo, ISO High ISO


Strike a Pose with This Instagram App

Instagram may not be a font of endless creativity, but it is a place you can go see some pretty amazing pictures. And it seems like every app caters to it these days. Heck, people even get plastic surgery to “look better” on Instagram. Image via Genaro Servin from Pexels.com. The elegantly named SOVS2 – SomeOne Very Special according to PetaPixel – wants to help you pose better in your Instagram pictures. No more clunky and awkward body movements allowed in this app. Using a white overlay, SOV...
Tags: Photography, News, PetaPixel, Pexels, Genaro Servin


24 Of The Best Mirrorless Camera Accessories To Add To Your Camera Bag

Mirrorless cameras are lightweight and are continuously evolving to match the performance of your heavier DSLR, so here are the best mirrorless camera accessories to add to your camera bag. Mirrorless cameras have gained huge popularity recently that many photographers have moved from DSLR to mirrorless even for their professional works. There are so many good manufacturers that make good quality accessories for mirrorless cameras in general, apart for the camera manufacturers themselves. So the...
Tags: Photography, Gear, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Dslr, Power Bank, Ona, Tiffen, BeFree, BlackRapid, Newmowa, Ravpower Anker, Fujifilm Sony Panasonic, Billingham Hadley Small Camera, Anwenk


Here Are 35 Photographs of Cables That Show Beauty In The Mundane

Ok so is there really beauty in cables? You might think it odd that we've chosen such a ubiquitous subject for our gallery today, but there is absolutely beauty to be found in the mundane. Of course, what elevates the mundane in our photography is great composition.  Nikola Tesla wanted to free us from depending on wires too much, but things didn't happen as he saw them in his endeavoured mind. Cables and wires are nowadays part of our every day and here is a photo collection that will illust...
Tags: Photography, Nikola Tesla, Alex Jones, Steve Johnson, David Clarke, Silvan, APPA, Andrew Barrett, Kent DuFault, Scott Webb, Cool Photos & Photographers, Thomas Jensen, Casey Horner, Glen Carrie, José Martín Ramírez, Franck V Photo


35 Amazing Photographs of Lightning

Today I want to share one of my major passions, besides photography, and it is the weather. I still would love to go on a tornado hunting adventure, and I love watching lightning when a storm is approaching. Today I've prepared a short yet powerful collection of images depicting lightning. Photographing lightning requires both patience and good luck, here is a detailed guide on how to capture them (safely). Photo by Marc Wieland Photo by K Photo by Krzysztof Niewolny Photo by Garth Manthe...
Tags: Photography, Brandon Morgan, Garth Manthe, Cool Photos & Photographers, Felix Mittermeier, Johannes Plenio Photo, Ronald Langeveld, Andre Furtado, Marc Wieland, Krzysztof Niewolny Photo, Emil Jarfelt Photo, Lucy Chian Photo, Sadman Sakib Photo, Elvis Bekmanis Photo, Eugene Triguba Photo, Damon Lam


Store Your Photos in Seal Poop

You read that headline right but it might not mean what you think. And, even though most of us are on the prowl for a better portable hard drive, we’re not advocating seal poop as a medium. Nonetheless, this story is pretty remarkable. Image via Skitterphoto from Pexels.com. A USB drive containing photos was found in frozen seal poop and this discovery has everyone asking questions about everything from the environment to what kind of photos were on the drive. One amazing factoid you probably ...
Tags: Photography, News, Usb, New Zealand, Niwa, Pexels, Skitterphoto, Project NZ, Amanda Nally


Need More Links In Your Life? Here Are The Best Photography Links Of The Week

Another fabulous week rolls on by here in the world of photography, and Toad Hollow Photography has been looking all over the internet for the latest links to tutorials, special features and great photography to share with everyone. This week's list covers a very wide range of photography subjects with something here for enthusiasts of all genres to enjoy.  We really hope you enjoy checking out all these links as much as the Toad did in bringing this weeks list to you. TUTORIALS How To Use Color...
Tags: Photography, London, France, Scotland, Germany, Virginia, Africa, US, Wyoming, Antarctica, New Zealand, Walter Reed, London Bridge, Michael, Mark, Anne


3 Advanced Composition Theories You Need To Use Now

I know how to use the camera, now what? Ok, so you've been practising the basics and now you are interested in some advanced composition ideas. You are happy using basic composition techniques – like the famous rule of thirds or rule of odds. Learning to use a camera is a challenge indeed, but in the end, it is only a mere tool. As long as you see your camera like that, then you'll be able to produce some really meaningful photographs. Why Pursuing Meaningful Photographs? Photo by Ionu...
Tags: Photography, Salvador Dalí, Composition, Philippe Halsman, Josef Koudelka, Federico Alegria, Kent DuFault, Kelly Sikkema, John Alcott, Federico Alegría Photography, Ionut Coman, Charley Pangus, Abelardo Morell, Robert Yeoman Face


Moonwalking: More Awesome Pics of the Moon and the Chinese Lunar Lander

The NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter confirmed the presence of the Chinese lunar lander on the far side of the moon. And not only that, but also it happened to capture some snaps of the Chang’e 4 resting on the lunar surface. Image via NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University. Even though it is barely a spec on the otherwise vast expanse of black and white, it is still there. As we’ve pointed out in previous articles about the Chang’e 4 landing (which you can read here and here if you like), these ...
Tags: Photography, News, Earth, Gizmodo, Chang, Von Karman, NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA GSFC Arizona State University Even, NASA GSFC Arizona State University