Deep depth of field is especially desirable for landscape photography. This is where understanding hyperfocal distance becomes important. If you are just starting out, it will be important to understand the basics of depth of field, so before you continue reading, you might want to check out that blog post first.
Forums and Facebook groups are full of someday want-to-be professional photographers and an extremely common question they ask as beginners is “How do I get that blurry background in my photographs?” The blurry background (or blur with bokeh), is an effect accomplished by knowing how to create a shallow depth of field. It is a compositional tool used in many genres of photography such as portraits, flowers/nature, and products. A quick word of caution, overuse of any one compositional tool can create a portfolio that is, well… boring. So don’t rely only on “blur” to create memorable images. Check out our blog post on Composition Basics here.
Composition is essentially an art form. It is the way you frame or arrange an image and it is critical to the outcome – whether that image is just good or great! A set of rules for good composition exists, yet it is still at best subjective, and great photographic images break these rules all the time. The best advice is to know the rules, so then you are aware when you are breaking a rule and can decide if that will, in fact, make your image better. Aside from the “rules” there are a couple of general photography guidelines that will also help you. Let’s start with those…
With the COVID-19 health pandemic still an ever present news story, the concern for mental well-being has also been getting a lot of attention of late. As people around the world have experienced shut downs, isolation from family members, financial losses, or job losses, we have come to realize the true importance of mental health. Persons who have good mental health are able to deal with the stressors associated with the on-going crisis better than their peers who have not taken care of their mental well-being. Even when COVID-19 is resolved, there is still a world full of stress, anxiety, and media-filled screen time in our lives.
What is focal length?
The focal length of a lens is measured in millimeters. A common misunderstanding is the belief that this lens measurement is the length of the lens from end to end or its overall dimensions. The focal length measurement actually begins at the optical center.
You are standing in the electronics department looking at the end of the camera lens you want to buy and it looks like alphabet soup or maybe a secret code…
EF, DX, AF-P, ED, IS, VR, USM
What do all those letters and numbers mean?
Starting a business can be daunting. For many it means giving up the security and consistent income of their current job to attempt the unknown. In order to successfully begin your own company, a large amount of planning needs to occur, but don’t worry! I am going to break it down into 10 easy steps.