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Monthly Archives: January 2014

22 Jan 2014
Stonehenge, Wiltshire - iPhone Photo, iPhone Photography

10 Tips to Improve your Photography

As a photographer do you ever find yourself getting stuck in a rut? Have you fallen into the HDR hole, are you always shooting in Auto mode or are you always shooting the same subjects at the same time of day? We all work hard at improving our photography and here are 10 tips you can try from today to improve your photography skills. You may already be doing these, so if you are, well done !… If not, then […]

12 Jan 2014
Heart Shaped Bokeh - Creating Custom Bokeh, Aperture Shapes - Making Heart Shaped Custom Bokeh

How to Create a Custom Bokeh

The first thing you may be asking is what the hell does Bokeh mean? The word ‘Bokeh’ comes from the Japanese word Bokashi which means ‘to blur’. The use of the word Bokeh in photography terms can mean areas of a photo which are not in focus due to being beyond the focal point – (this does not mean that a blurry, out of focus, poorly shot photo can be described as having nice bokeh). Creating the Custom Bokeh This […]

07 Jan 2014
Fox on the Avenue, my first Fox photo - but its not Megan Fox !

2013 – My Year in Photo Blogging

WordPress via the Jetpack plugin publish reports on your blogs which are very interesting.  If you have a WordPress blog and you have not yet installed Jetpack then you really should as there are some great features including the ‘Publicize’ feature where you can auto-update your Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts with your posts. My 2013 Report One of the most interesting stats from my 2013 year in photo blogging was that I had about 10,000 views on the Photo […]

02 Jan 2014
Astrophotography Timelapse, timelapse of Stars

First Astrophotography Timelapse

I had seen timelapse videos showing the stars in the night sky moving, showing the rotation of the earth, sometimes even showing the milky way as it traverses the night sky. Having done some research I found out that you need a digital shutter timer or intervalometer. I found one on Amazon for under €30 and the first attempt is shown below. I used ISO 2000, a 20 second shutter speed at f/4 using a Tamron 10-24 wide angle lens […]