Tiny Tips 18: How to get Great Bokeh from your Lens

Bokeh Illustration

What’s ‘Bokeh’? It’s a word of Japanese origin used to describe the aesthetic quality of the ‘out-of-focus’ area of a photograph. Typically referring to the more visible ‘circles of confusion’ that are visible in shallow depth of field photographs. To get the best bokeh possible, do this: Use a fast lens, with the aperture wide … Read more Tiny Tips 18: How to get Great Bokeh from your Lens

It Pays to Know Your Equipment

Three weeks ago, my MacBook Pro crashed. It had seen a year of good service, and because it was my first ever Mac, I’d just about set it up to workexactly the way I wanted it to; and it crashed. The Apple service provider in my city said that the logic board had died, and … Read more It Pays to Know Your Equipment

Tiny Tips 8: Best Apertures for Sharpness

by Ben McLeod If you want the sharpest pictures that your lens can give you, remember not to use its largest and smallest apertures. Most lenses are optimised to be used in the f/5.6 – f/11 aperture range and give their best performance when stopped down a couple of f-stops from the widest aperture or … Read more Tiny Tips 8: Best Apertures for Sharpness

Photography, Is Flash Bad for Babies?

This is an article written by a good friend, about what he’s learnt about flash photography and babies. Do read on… by Creativesam This sort of question always comes up with anything that is new, that we are not used to. For e.g. would you stop using mobile phone as some claim that it could … Read more Photography, Is Flash Bad for Babies?

Low light Photography and Digital Noise

You’ve all had digital pictures with “noise” in them… want to know why? Digital cameras have sensors that receive photons (the thingies that make up light). These sensors are analogue devices that turn analogue signals into digital data. These charges are converted to digital data in cells that are sensitive to three different colours of … Read more Low light Photography and Digital Noise

Lenses for Sports Photography

Photographer with large Canon lens and camera by JanneM

Most of you have already seen the lenses that photographers use at sports events. You see them all the time, sitting at the sidelines at every sports event (the photographers with the lenses that is… not the lenses alone), with massive lenses perched atop tripods or monopods in almost any kind of weather…

I’ll be dealing with those lenses and the real reasons why photographers choose, and need, to use these lenses over other – not so big – lenses in 3 sections.

 

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Understanding Photographic Filters for Your Lens

Why Filters are Fun Using filters have always been a fun part of my photography. They allow you to take a photograph of a normal scene, and make it look extraordinary. There are various kinds of filters; coloured filters and special effects filters. Digital photography allows you to apply much of what these photographic filters can do even … Read more Understanding Photographic Filters for Your Lens

A Better Picture

Three years in the Advertising business has convinced me that ideas are really powerful and that a photograph that has a strong idea is the most powerful tool to convey a message. A strong idea is always brought out in a simple, clear picture that has a strong subject and minimal interference from un-necessary elements. … Read more A Better Picture