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How To: 7 Quick Tips To Create Bokeh With Digital Camera

24 Mai

Bokeh comes from the Japanese word ‘boke’, which means fuzzy. In photography, bokeh defines the quality of the blurred lights presented in a photo. We’re not referring to a badly taken photo that’s all out of focus, but rather the aesthetically pleasing background blur. Usually, this type of blur highlights the focused subject even more.

Producing nice bokeh involves creating a shallow depth of field.

Here are some tips to get you started with bokeh photography:

1.) Larger aperture works best, so use a low f-stop number like f1.4, f1.8 or f2.8. I like using the Canon 50mm f1.8 or the 35mm f1.4 for this project.

2.) Set your camera to aperture priority.

3.) You would need to set the shutter speed faster than 1/50 second. Any slower and I find the background lights getting blurred together, instead of rendering small circles. If it’s too dark, increase the ISO level rather than the f-stop number.

4.) The closer you get to subject, the better. If you’re using a zoom lens, extend it to the longest focal length.

5.) The further away the background, the better.

6.) Ensure that the background is lit. Glowing lights like street lamps and traffic lights work best. While a consistently lit background would just create a regular blur.

7.) If you don’t have a subject and want to create the bokeh effect with the night lights, manually focus your camera.

Get inspired by the photos below and show us your best bokeh shots!

Yuki-chan and the Bokeh by josh.liba
Yuki-chan and the Bokeh

TTL by E-Rocks
TTL

The one with the red thread by dsevilla
The one with the red thread

Taxi by Al Fed
Taxi

Sheep meadow by orangachang
Sheep meadow

Kulio’ou’ou by da_godfaddah
Kulio'ou'ou

I wish I was special by irene gr
I wish I was special

Heart by seyed mostafa zamani
Heart

Have a Very Bokeh Christmas by Brandon Christopher Warren
Have a Very Bokeh Christmas

Burst of Life by matthileo
Burst of Life

Blur of city lights by Yiie
Blur of city lights

Ashlin by matt caplin
Ashlin

Aeia Loop by da_godfaddah
Aeia Loop

Another Journey By Train by Steve Leggat
Another Journey By Train

Bokeh Star by Maschinenraum
Bokeh Star

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5 Candid Photography Tips For Shooting From The Hip

24 Mai

Before you decide to raise your camera to take a candid shot, try something a bit different. Hold your camera just above your hips, tilt your lens at your subject and then shoot.

This is a much subtle way to capture candid shots, without people spotting your chunky lens.

This technique can be a bit of a hit and miss (out of focus photos or subject’s not in the frame). However, with some practice, you’d get pretty good at it and produce some great looking shots.

 

Tips on getting a good shot:

1) Use a fast lens.

A prime lens is ideal as it’s less noticeable and more lightweight to carry. I like using a 50mm prime lens.

2) Get close to your subject.

The more expression or detail you see, the more your subject will be able to tell a story.

3) Set to an AutoFocus

AF can track your moving subject and focus accordingly (eg. the Al Servo setting on a Canon). That way your camera can ‘lock’ onto the subject and adjust the focus accordingly, producing a clearer image.

4) Set smaller aperture

A smaller aperture means more chance that your subject will be focused. Set it between f4.8 – 8. Again, the smaller the aperture, the more your subject will be in focus. Remember, smaller aperture = larger f-stop number.

5) Start walking and shooting.

If you feel like a challenge,  keep walking and don’t stop when you’re shooting your subject. You might take 50 shots and only end up with one photo that shows up in focus and in frame, but trust me, that photo will be brilliant.

Shooting from the hip also provides an unconventional angle where it gives the photo an interesting perspective. You don’t just have to shoot people – it can be landmarks, vehicles, scenery… Well, pretty much anything!

Photo by Bruce Gilden (noted street photographer to shoot from the hip)


People Spotting NYC
by Yiie


And if you make a wormhole
by Hey There Spaceman

And if you make a wormhole


Billowing
by Andy in NYC

Billowing

I ain’t going nowhere until this song finishes on my iPod by Ed Yourdon

I ain't going nowhere until this song finishes on my iPod

Chance Portrait
by Carianoff

Chance Portrait


Josef Broukal
by Pokpok313

Josef Broukal


Flyer Girl by Half Signma

Flyer Girl


Black and White
by Ryan Opaz

Black and White


Larkfest 2009
by Benny BNut

Larkfest 2009


The runaway
by Spookygook

The runaway

Amazing Pictures Taken With an Apple iPhone

24 Mai

It’s not a secret that iPhone has a pretty crappy camera built in. Here is a proof that it’s not really about the quality of a camera you have, but more about how excellent shot you can take. Some amazing pictures taken with iPhone.

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20 Shots: Long Exposure Photography Examples

24 Mai

Long Exposure Photography is very popular technique for photographers at different sills levels. Everybody can find something interesting and unique in the process of doing long exposure shots and outcome sometimes surprises yourself.

Here are twenty great long exposure photography examples, hope you will find them inspiring!

 

1)Ludicrous Tree by DanDeChiaro

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2) Smoke on the water, fire in the sky by cactusmelba

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3) Noche de nubes magicas by ⓢⓐⓒ

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4) November light at night by Kristian M

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5) Rocks, Moss, & Water by Martin Cathrae

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6) Wiesn 2009 – Turning caroussel by meironke

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7) Heavens Above by Mozzer502

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8) Stone Face by orvaratli

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9) Caged by Pro-Zak

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10) Ithaca Falls – HDR by Pro-Zak

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11) Swing +3 by auburnxc

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12) The weir by Horrgakx

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13) Narrow streets of cobblestone by janusz l

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14) Siempre igual, siempre diferente by Joseeivissa

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15) Llandulas, North Wales by Manky Maxblack

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16) November Dawn by midlander1231

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17) Steel worm by mugley

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18) Eye by orangebrompton

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19) Moonlit Frosty Winter Oak by Sigurd R

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20) Turimetta Motion by TimboDon

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20 Great Close-up Photos of Eyes

24 Mai

When we look at a photo of a face, the first thing we notice are usually the eyes. Eyes themselves make a powerful subject and can say a lot about the person and emotion.

Here are 20 beautifully taken photos that only focus on the eyes. We have a variety of eyes that are striking, quirky, dreamy, expressive and dark. This post is definitely not for those with Ommetaphobia (fear of eyes).

Thanks to our reader Matthew from Up With People for this suggestion.

The Eye Of Jenny by kiolero


Father of the Eye
by ~Dezz~


My Dads Amazing Eye
by Natalion


Eye Of the Tiger
by SeXeS


Eye
by Michele Catania


Eye
by remography


Brown Eye
by Jesse J.


Eye see the world
by Assaf_F


The eye
by Arisu Saktos


Green eye
by photo.vju


Emma’s eye
by Punta1


Pretty Green eyes
by Doodoox – Juliette Legrand


Decon’s beautiful eye!
by loupiote (Old Skool)


My eye
by Jenna Walmer


The world through her eyes
by Aliens & Robots


My eye
by SophieMuc


Earache, My Eye!
by Laurel714


Eye eye
by memoreks


Now Your Eyes Roll Awake
by Dellaa


Eye can see you
by somebear

10 Food Photography Tips to Make It Look Tasty

24 Mai

We’ve all done it before. Taken a photo of a delicious meal only to have it turn out looking ugly and not edible. Hopefully these 10 food photography tips will help you take a more tasty-looking food photo next time.

 

1.) Keep the background clean

Make sure there is a color contrast between the background and the food, don’t have the two be the same color or a similar shade. For example, strawberries served on a red plate isn’t going to stand out. Keep the background simple and uncluttered. If unsure, stick to a plain white background.

2.) Adjust the white balance

Adjust the white balance on your camera according to what you’re shooting. Meat should always be shot in warm tones as a blue-ish tinge under some fluorescent lights would make it look ghastly.

3.) Use natural lighting

Whenever you can, try to shoot using natural lighting. Shoot during the day near a window where you would get plenty of natural sunlight. When you must shoot at night, try avoid using flash directly on the food as it’s too harsh. Instead, use a flash diffuser or have the flash bounce off a ceiling or wall.

4.) Use a tripod

Most food photography will be done indoors, where there might not be enough lighting. Use a tripod whenever you can as it beats trying to hold very still for long a amount of time.

5.) Small details make a big difference

Don’t disregard the small stuff. Keep in mind that using nice cutlery and a clean serving plate/bowl could make all the difference transforming a nice photo to a fantastic one.

6.) Get up close

Instead of only taking photos of a full plate of food, take some macro shots too.  Getting up close to your subject will bring out the textures and finer details, making it more interesting and intriguing.

7.) Cut it, slice it, dice it!

As with anything, you shouldn’t just take something for its face value. With food, sometimes it’s what’s inside that can create a great shot. I love cutting up crumbed foods for the contrasting textures. I also love cutting up cakes just so I can get the different layers.

8.) Take photos from all angles

Don’t just take a photo from a bird’s eye view, try different angles. Left, right, top, bottom. Feel free to even move the food around and come up with different compositions.

9.) Use props

Don’t be afraid to jazz up the set. Maybe a glass of orange juice to go with those pancakes? A bottle of wine in the background with your steak and mash meal? Or maybe some hundreds and thousands sprinkled around your cupcakes? Do remember to keep it simple as too many props can be distracting.

10.) Cheat if you have to

As long as you’re not planning to eat the food afterwards, there are ways to enhance your food by using some industry tricks. For example, make your food glisten by brushing on some vegetable oil. Create that ‘fresh out of the oven’ steam by placing some microwaved cotton balls that have been soaked in water. Or make perfect-looking ice cream that won’t ever melt with some mashed potatoes.

Iphonography

23 Mai

 

40+ Stunning Iphoneography Examples

iPhone is a fantastic little gadget that not only provide you with small computer but also with good camera. iPhone have ushered in a new golden age of digital photography. The best camera is the one you have with you. The higher resolution along with the editing/processing capabilities and uploading/sharing options of modern smartphones make iPhoneography a flexible as well as fun type of digital photography. In our today’s post we have decided to share 40+ Stunning Iphoneography Examples. This compilation will help you to search a variety of concepts, techniques, and photography related to iPhoneography. Enjoy.

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