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

Solutions for Humidity and Fungus Problems with your Camera Equipment

Humidity, Fungus & Cameras. How to care for your camera equipment in high humidity conditions

Camera equipment is sensitive to moisture and dust. High levels of humidity (typically over 65-85% or over) could damage your lenses and certain parts of your camera body, by allowing fungus to grow and spread on the surface. Here’s How to Stop Fungus Growth in Cameras: Store your camera equipment in an air-tight container with … Read more Solutions for Humidity and Fungus Problems with your Camera Equipment

Polarizing Filters make Magic Moments

Have you experienced a Polarizing filter? If you have not, I seriously recommend trying one today. Yesterday I was contemplating stuff … you know, looking through my memory bank of photographic experiences, when I suddenly stumbled upon a gem! The first time I looked through a telephoto lens with a polarizing filter at the other … Read more Polarizing Filters make Magic Moments

The Best Lenses for Photojournalism

Photojournalism calls for a wide range of skills, and a selection of lenses to match. Selecting the right lens at the right time is at the core of this discussion. However, photojournalists need certain common qualities in all their lenses. We will discuss them too. So, Which is The Best Lens For Photojournalism? There is no … Read more The Best Lenses for Photojournalism

Photoshop Process – Edit Brian’s Picture

A couple of days ago, Brian Auer posted a project on his blog where he invited people to use a photograph that he would supply and process it in Photoshop (or any other image editing software). The idea was to see how different people take an image and work on it.

 

 

 

Brian was kind enough to give us the option of starting from the original RAW file from his camera as long as we reminded ourselves time and time again that we did not own the photograph, but were only borrowing in for purposes of this project.

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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

8 Ways to Keep your Compositions Simple

Keep It Simple, Stupid Remember the K.I.S.S. principle… It needs no introduction. Then, why do we forget it when taking photographs? by Zamm First the why Why would you want to leave things out of a frame? More the merrier, right? The bigger, the better, right? Umm… sometimes, yes… But not here. You see, when … Read more 8 Ways to Keep your Compositions Simple

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?

Lenses for Macro Photography

What is Macro Photography? by John DohrnMacro Photography is what gets you those magnified, larger-than-life photographs. However, they start off being close to actual size on the camera’s sensor (or frame of film). When these images are enlarged – as ‘most all our pictures are – they become much larger than real life, taking us … Read more Lenses for Macro Photography

Tiny Tips 7 – Study flare caused by the Angle of your Main Light Source

by creativity+ Flare is a kind of haze often caused by light falling directly on the lens from behind or around the subject. This light may be direct or deflected. Flare may also be caused by light deflecting off fog, smog or dust in the atmosphere. It is more pronounced if it is caused by … Read more Tiny Tips 7 – Study flare caused by the Angle of your Main Light Source

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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The Best Lenses for Architectural Photography

Photo by Marc-Olivier Jodoin on Unsplash

Architectural photography calls for Tilt-Shift lenses most of the time. These lenses correct perspective distortion. You can think of this as making sure that the vertical lines of a building actually look vertical, and not slanting towards each other. In the past, this may have called for a ‘technical camera‘ or a ‘bellows‘ attachment, but tilt-shift lenses are easier to manage in the field.

Sometimes, photographers may use an extremely wide-angle lens, or a special-effect lens to photograph architecture, but these instances are extremely rare because most architectural firms want to see their work the way that it was envisioned. These lenses are mentioned below, but their usage is rare.

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How Do I Keep My Cameras Working Well?

Maintenance is an important part of any mechanical device’s life. Film and Digital Cameras are no different. Whether your camera body costs $350 or $3,000, these camera maintenance ideas will keep your equipment in ship-shape and humming in tune all the time. 1. Keep Using Your Camera Equipment Keeping your gear in use is one … Read more How Do I Keep My Cameras Working Well?