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Depth of field for photographers - more than just aperture! Depth of field photo We all know that the aperture value controls the depth of field, but I am shocked how many intermediate photographers have never learned what other factors also impact depth of field (how much is sharp and how much of the photo is blurred). In fact, these other factors have as much impact on depth of field as the aperture does. The first “other” factor that controls the depth of field is the focal length.

Camera Essentials for Bloggers - The Fresh Exchange For the last year I have received countless emails asking about the photo gear I use and what gear I would recommend for other bloggers. So I thought it was about time I shared what is in my camera bag and give y’all a couple gear recommendations. There is no way I could possibly talk about all the gear recommendations I have but I thought this post could at least be a start. I will be talking more about photography, design, travel, working on the road and running a studio in the future. So expect more to come. This post is all about choosing the right photography gear.

500px Blog 500px Shop offers you the best photography supplements, carefully curated by our team. We’ll introduce high quality and useful products to make your lives easier and your photography experiences even more amazing. Today we bring you the Photographer’s Pouch, designed and produced by Will Kortum. Realistically colorized historical photos make the past seem incredibly real [36 pictures] Over the last couple years, an increasingly popular trend online has been to create and share colorized photos from history. Artists such as Jordan Lloyd, Dana Keller and Sanna Dullaway take intriguing old black-and-white photos and bring them to life with color as if they’d been taken only yesterday. Here are some examples… Unemployed Lumber Worker and His Wife, circa 1939 Testing the Hydrogen Bomb

PhotoflexLightingSchool - Because Knowledge Should Be Free Basic Lighting A good place to start. These lessons demonstrate professional lighting techniques using only basic lighting tools. Steel Wool Light Painting in Long Exposure Photography Light painting can be made using a variety of techniques. One of the more common methods involve a very dark setting and a handheld LED light that is used to write or draw into the air while a photograph is being exposed. If done correctly, the resulting graffiti like photograph can look visually stunning. While light painting itself is a pretty cool concept, when you add a sparking wad of steel wool to the equation, it really captures the viewer’s attention. Here is a great tutorial on this fascinating technique, check it out: Montreal based photographer, Ben Von Wong does a great job explaining the technique in the video, but in case you missed part of it, or just need to see it in writing, here are a few pointers to get you started.

Joe McNally’s Blog We celebrated Earth Day this past week. This observance has been around for a while now, and back in the 70′s I was occasionally assigned to cover some of the events. I shot the above for UPI one year, at an Earth Day observance at the UN. Skin Retouching in Photoshop This tutorial will help you learn how to speed up skin retouching and polish photos in Photoshop using basic techniques. Original Photo Step 1 Duplicate the background image and rename it to Layer 1. What is shutter speed: everything you need to know What is shutter speed? Rest assured, it’s a lot simpler to get your head round than aperture! Yesterday we posted our tips on aperture, as well as our guide to what your digital camera’s manual doesn’t teach you. To continue with this theme of getting to know your camera, we thought we would examine shutter speed with our next photography cheat sheet.

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