Getting Good Bokeh

Another short presentation to my local photography club.  Last time I spoke, it was about preventing blurry photographs.  This time, it’s about deliberately blurring the background to make the subject stand out.  This is useful when the background is busy or unappealing or needs an artistic touch to be more interesting.  Have a look.

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Here are links to the resources referenced in the slides:

Bokeh Basics

Bokeh the Easy Way

Bokeh in Front of the Subject

Advanced Bokeh

My Portfolio

Durham CollegeYesterday, I completed my program in Digital Photography at Durham College, Oshawa, Canada.  Although not official until June, I’m ready to strike out on my own and find my niche in this competitive world.

Our last few weeks of school were about defining our photographic style, preparing a compilation of our work, deciding how to present it in print and electronically, and staging a show for industry and family.  I found this to be the most revealing and meaningful segment of my education.  I emerge from this experience with a better understanding of my interests and style, and with a full portfolio of work to share. Continue reading

The Appeal of High Dynamic Range (HDR) – Or Not

I recently completed an assignment that required a High Dynamic Range (HDR) final image.  This image blended an outdoor background with a studio foreground subject.  Both were processed using HDR capture and develop techniques.  I think the result turned out well, don’t you?

Yoga on the Common

Yoga on the Common

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Portraits Anyone?

One of the most difficult tasks for any photographer is getting the perfect shot of a person who is staring back at you while you do it.  It is so much easier to photograph a wildflower, a building, an artefact.  Even what’s known as “street photography”, where unposed and candid photos of people are taken, presents less of a challenge.

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