Blur

One of my favourite edits is applying the “blur” effect to my photographs. Similar to having low depth of field where the subject is in the focusing range of a shallow depth photo (where a high aperture i.e low ‘f number’ is used on your camera settings) the blur effect allows all areas that aren’t of interest to be blurred off. This directs the viewer to the most important part of the photo and allows the subject to be of significance.

Blur

Blur

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Ephemeral

The definition of ‘ephemeral’ is ‘lasting for a very short time’. As with all animal photography the need to capture the perfect moment which usually lasts only a split second is imperative. This usually requires the camera settings to be on shutter priority mode (TV or S mode on a DSLR depending on whether you are using a Canon or a Nikon). If aperture priority is your preferred mode then make sure you use a larger aperture (smaller f number e.g f2.8). Continuous mode is also a good idea as it allows you to continuously be shooting, therefore you are more likely to capture the desired shot which you can pick from a large selection of images later on. Flash is always a good idea as is a high ISO if lighting is not very optimal as this will allow more light to enter the shutter, reducing the shutter time. The resulting image will allow any motion to be captured and usually it will turn out to look something a little like this… (with luck!).

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ephemeral.”

Photo Challenge: Fresh

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Fresh” I headed straight to my album from my travel adventures in China. Way back in 2010 I took part in a youth tour of the An Hui provence in China. It was absolutely spectacular to see the glorious landscapes including mountains, limestone caves and more.

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Tuesday Travel Tips: Basic photography preparation

If you’ve ever wondered what the most important part of ensuring you take good photographs on your trip is, wonder no more. The answer is… preparation.
 
Before you arrive at any destination it’s always important to learn about the place you’ll be photographing. This not only allows you to know what shots you’re thinking of taking (e.g. Markets of Marrakesh, rice field workers in Vietnam) it enables you to find inspiration, understand the cultures and what’s acceptable to a place and its people.
 

Once you’ve learnt a bit about the desination, think about what you’re going to do with your photos. Will you print them? Put them up on Flickr, instagram, make photo books…? The choice is yours but it’s good to have an idea so you know what sizes you want your files to be. That way it can be large enough for a canvas on the wall or compact enough just for the Facebook upload.

And finally, pick a theme!! A lot of photographers like to take ‘People’ and ‘Street photography’, whereas others stick to landscapes and urban landscapes. If you have a theme it often makes it more attractive for the viewer of your photographs.  Continue reading