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

Filter Care & Use

So you’re using a filter on your lens, maybe to protect it from dust or finger smears or maybe for an effect that you want, what can you do to ensure that it does not degrade the quality of your expensive lens? Here are some pointers:

DOs:

  1. Buy a good filter. A bad filter can do more harm than you expect.
  2. Never touch the glass of the filter. The oil from your skin will rub off on the filter and could damage it’s coating. Some filters, are noted to retain fingerprints if not cleaned up immediately. Always touch a filter by the edges.
  3. Store filters in their boxes. This ensures that dust and fingerprints stay away.

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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

Amazon’s top Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses & Books

Amazon.com is one of the internet’s most popular stores. Their comprehensive collection of just about anything you could want coupled with a great website, and their algorithm based display of items that you could be interested in make it a wonderful place to shop online, and a place to discover things you never knew existed … Read more Amazon’s top Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses & Books

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

Obvious Street Photography Tips

Sometimes we tend to forget the obvious in our quest for the hidden. Here are a few ‘obvious’ street photography tips to remember when shooting on the streets. Get In close. All too often the actual ‘subject’ of a street photograph gets lost in the activity going on around… Get close to the subject, make … Read more Obvious Street Photography Tips

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

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

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

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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Lenses for Portrait Photography

Portraits are images that attempt to reveal a person’s soul. Humans are probably the most photographed subject on the planet. We love photographing ourselves and each other, and the art of the portrait will probably never go out of fashion as long as photography exists. That is why you should pick your portrait lens carefully. The right … Read more Lenses for Portrait Photography