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iPhoneography Vs DSLR Photography

Sep 26 2014

The iPhone over the past few years has revolutionised the ability to shoot, edit and share your photographs by just using one device. Personally I prefer using a DSLR but with the iPhone you get to experiment with panoramic styles, filters, but for me its how accessible it is. By no means will the current smartphone cameras ever match the aperture / shutterspeed / quality of a good DLSR. However  it does mean you can use the iPhone for recce / test shots or indeed for shots where you are not overly worried about the end quality… thus an in-focus, […]

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How to Create a Custom Bokeh

Jan 12 2014

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 was my first attempt at create a custom bokeh and had limited time to carry out the task. I used […]

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How to ensure a well exposed photo using the exposure triangle

Sep 09 2013
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It’s often a problem when using a zoom lens, you zoom in and take the shot and you end up with a shot that’s not 100% sharp. This is because you were so far zoomed in that the camera was not steady enough to capture a sharp shot. A fraction of movement when zoomed in results in a large variation in the field of view which causes the unsharp shot. Even a camera on a tripod can result in an unsharp shot due to movement caused by wind or in some cases the “Image Stabailsation” on the lens being turned […]

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10 things to Remember before or during your Photography shoot

Jan 16 2013
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This is my 6th year using a DSLR and my 12th year of using a digital camera and over this time I have learned a few photography lessons … some, the hard way!! This post has 10 things to remember before you start taking photos, either on a photo shoot or before you set out. Is your camera lens clean? May sound simple but the amount of times I have taken a shot only to later spot a water mark or spec of dust on the final image, you might be lucky to clone it out with Photoshop but better […]

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Experimenting with ND Filters and Long Exposures

Jan 10 2013

Having recently purchased some ND filters I had being longing to try them out for quite some time. I decided to try the seascape at sunset style with the waves crashing across the rocks. The waves become misty and it looks quite nice but I had never tried this before. I am going to outline below how I used the ND Filters, ND Grad Filters and Long Exposures for capturing the waves and rocks. The time was about 5 minutes before sunset when setting up, so I was trying to work fast. Before putting on the filter holder I focused […]

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3 Photography Myths Discussed

Jan 06 2013
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With the reduction in price of DSLR cameras, may people have DSLR cameras, have the interest in photography but have ideas or “a little knowledge” and as a result photography myths are created. This blog post discusses 3 of these photography myths. 1) My Camera is the Problem – I need to upgrade “I would be able to take much better photos if I had a better camera.” No, it won’t … Better equipment does not produce better photographs by virtue of it being more advanced. Would you tell a chef that the reason his food tastes so good was […]

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Food Photography : 21/Project 52

Jun 06 2012
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Almost half way through the project 52 and this post is all about food and fine dining. I recently did some food photography for the Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet Country Estate. Often photography is a challenge because the subject may be not that aesthetically pleasing and you are trying to do your best with what’s put in front of you – in this case I had very little work to do as the presentation of the food was visually stunning. The main thing I had to worry about was lighting, how to avoid harsh shadows, which wouldn’t do […]

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How to blur backgrounds using the aperture

Aug 09 2011

Over the past few months there have been many daily searches to this site about depth of field and how to blur backgrounds. Professional photographers use this technique and this post will address some of these actual searches to this site, such as “how to make the background blurry”, “what to I change to make blurry backgrounds”, “camera settings blurred background”, “how to change depth of focus”, “how do you change camera settings to make a fuzzy background” and “what f-stop do I use to blur the background of a photo”. In this post I will outline the settings and […]

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How to change Depth of Field and make blurred backgrounds

Mar 06 2011

Sometimes when taking a photograph you don’t want your background to be focus as you might want the foreground. Normally you will want your subject to be in focus and the background to be either slightly out of focus or very out of focus.  In order to do this you need to take control of  your camera settings. The Aperture controls the depth of field. What is a Cameras Aperture? The Aperture is basically the eye of the camera which has the main job in a camera lens of collecting light. The aperture of a lens, which is controlled by […]

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How using IS on a Tripod can cause blurry images

Feb 13 2011

Did you know that by having your Image Stabilization (IS) or Vibration Reduction(VR) can cause Blurry images? Some people told me this is a myth, I even found some websites saying this wasn’t the case. So I tried it out myself. I setup a shot with a 30 second exposure, on a tripod, F/18 shot with a cable release to avoid any shutter-depression induced shake. Shot 1 : Image Stabilisation Turned ON Shot 2 : Image Stabilisation Turned OFF As you can see with the Image Stabilization (or Vibration Reduction) turned off you have a much better shot, sharper. The […]

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