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The Rule: Sharper is Better – Break the Rule: Embrace the Blur

22 Jul 2014 - Haje Jan Kamps

The Rule: Sharper is Better What is sharpness? In photography, sharpness is the quality of your photos that renders a clear image of your subject. Your photos will become sharper by: • using high-quality photographic equipment • sticking to the “sweet spot” of your lenses (they tend to be sharpest around two stops smaller than…

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Zoom Burst

17 Jul 2014 - Simon Bond

A zoom burst is achieved by changing the focal length of the lens while the camera is exposing. This technique can give you stunning results when used well. There are a few variables to consider when using this technique and these are as follows. The variables are zoom direction (in or out), location, flash, time…

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Why Transmitted Light Photography?

15 Jul 2014 - Bob Rewick

This is the fifth and last in a series of posts about transmitted light photography. This is about lighting from a perspective that I believe most of us are unfamiliar with, and one that shows a subject from a previously unseen perspective: its interior. In this last post, let’s look at a simple question: Why…

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Surreal Photography – Miniature #2

10 Jul 2014 - Daniela Bowker

Below is an excerpt from Surreal Photography: Creating the Impossible by Daniela Bowker Miniature #2 By Vanessa Paxton The concept behind this image was simple: a miniature girl in a normal-sized world. I thought that it would be interesting to use photography to bring to life the story of Thumbelina with some images inspired by…

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Subjects to Photograph by Transmitted Light Photography

08 Jul 2014 - Bob Rewick

This is the fourth in a series of posts about transmitted light photography. This is about lighting from a perspective that I believe most of us are unfamiliar with, and one that shows a subject from a previously unseen perspective: its interior. Now that we’ve discussed set-up and lighting sources, we can finally talk about…

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The exposure-focus separation issue
and other inferiority complexes in mobile photography

03 Jul 2014 - Richard Gray

“You didn’t know you can separate focus and exposure points?”, a friend said to me with a touch of disdain in their voice a long time ago. “No, I didn’t.” I replied. And I thought for a moment. When would you want to take a photo where you focus on one thing but expose on…

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