Monday Links!

I fell off the wagon quick with the updating, didn’t I? Never to fear, I am back and ready to throw a ton of links at everyone with photography tutorials, examples, and fun stories. Let’s get started!

First, some photography competitions and grants. This first link is for any astronomy photographers out there. I don’t fall into your ranks, but it’s superb photography and absolutely beautiful and mind-blowing. This competition will run the length of 2013 and includes Overall Astronomy Photographer of 2013, in addition to sub-categories including Earth & Space, Deep Space, Our Solar System, and Young Astronomy Photography of the Year. Here is the link: http://www.photography-news.com/2013/01/2013-astronomy-photographer-of-year.html. Added note: you can submit up to 5 photos each month!

Next is an extensive list of photography grants and sponsorships, including several associated with Getty Images: http://www.pixiq.com/article/cash-for-your-photography-projects.

And now a final note on competitions – this article is the story of how the initial overall winner of the National Geographic Photo Contest was disqualified for removing unsightly debris from his image. The article is here: http://www.thephoblographer.com/2013/01/17/national-geographic-photo-contest-winner-gets-disqualified-for-removing-a-bag-from-winning-image-via-a-crop/.

And now for some tips and tutorials. This first link comes from Matador Network which routinely displays pro-amateur shots from photographers around the globe. This tutorial is a Beginner’s Guide to shooting in Manual. I know how difficult it is to go from shooting in automatic modes and even Program mode to Manual, so hopefully this can cut down on some frustration: http://matadornetwork.com/notebook/travel-photography-tip-beginners-guide-to-shooting-in-manual/.

Here is a series of tips from Lightstalking regarding why you should, sometimes, focus on shadows in your photography. Lightstalking routinely showcases beautiful images and this link is no different: http://www.lightstalking.com/why-sometimes-you-should-embrace-the-shadows-in-photography.

And this is an interesting link to “freelensing,” which is when you simply hold a lens in front of your camera for a picture, but you don’t mount the lens to the camera body. The link shows some of the effects of this technique and now it’s something I definitely want to try: http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/freelensing-photography/.

And finally, a pseudo-tutorial on winter photography, though I mainly like this link just for the examples: http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/winter-landscape-photography/.

And now links to just examples and amazing photography –
20th-Century War Machines: http://www.inspirefirst.com/2013/01/17/20th-century-war-machines/
Technically not photography, but a time-lapse of a train journey through the four seasons: http://www.petapixel.com/2013/01/16/a-time-lapse-of-a-train-journey-through-the-four-seasons/
30 Amazing Pictures from Yellowstone National Park: http://www.photographyblogger.net/30-amazing-pictures-from-yellowstone-national-park/
Stitched Aerial of New York City: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/01/the-best-aerial-image-of-new-york-city-youll-ever-see/267018/

Great week and happy shooting!

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