Depth of Field - Used as a creative tool

Designer Studio - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Knowing how depth of field will affect your image, will help you in reaching your goal for the look you're going for.


Benefits of lower depth of field

  • Can help create an artistic look
  • Can blur unsavory backgrounds
  • focuses the viewers eye to the subject you're photographing
  • Can be used in low light situations

Pitfalls of lower depth of field
  • Harder to focus on moving subjects
  • More likely to blurs things that you might want in focus
  • Possibly causes your shutter to go higher than your syncable flash speed


Benefits of higher depth of field
  • More of your subject will be in focus
  • Easier to focus on moving objects

Pitfalls of higher depth of field
  • only possible with a lot of light (available or flash created)
  • not as many artistic looks possible 
  • Can possibly cause your shutter speed to go too low, which can cause camera/subject shake

Time-Exposure Basics

Designer Studio - Tuesday, January 28, 2014


When a scene includes both stationary and moving subjects (for example, a fixed street and moving cars or a camera within a car showing a fixed dashboard and moving scenery), a slow shutter speed can cause interesting effects, such as light trails.

Long exposures are easiest to accomplish in low-light conditions, but can be done in brighter light using neutral density filters or specially designed cameras.

Night Photography

Long-exposure photography is often used in a night-time setting in order to produce a near daytime effect in the photo. By leaving the camera's shutter open for an extended period of time, more light is absorbed, creating a brighter product. If the camera is stationary for the entire period of time that the shutter is open, a very vibrant and clear photograph can be produced.

Light Painting

In this technique, a scene is kept very dark and the photographer or an assistant takes a light source—it can be small penlight—and moves it about in patterns. The light source can be turned off between strokes. Often, stationary objects in the scene are illuminated by briefly turning on studio lights, by one or more flashes from a strobe light, or by increasing the

Water and long exposure

long exposure sharply captured the still elements of this image while blurring the waterfall into a mist-like appearance. Debris in the swirling water in the pool forms complete circles.

Long exposures can blur moving water so it has mist-like qualities while keeping stationary objects like land and structures sharp.

How to take better cell phone photos

Designer Studio - Thursday, January 23, 2014
Here are some tips on taking better pictures with your cell phone! 

How to take great vacation pictures

Designer Studio - Friday, September 30, 2011

How to take great vacation pictures...This is a topic that I love! 

We all have at least one friend who takes the most amazing pictures. It seems like they must have a ton of talent, and must have been taking pictures for years.. in some cases this is probably true.. BUT

I'm here to tell you that it can be much easier than that. All you have to do is get the right equipment, motivation and drive. The truly great vacation photographer, photographs everything! Not just a nice sunset, or a cool looking building.. Everything! 

To really capture a place that you are visiting, you must take candid photos of people and surroundings of your vacation spot. It's these very pictures, that will yield gold for you. These candid photos of outdoor markets, taxi cabs, beach goers, flowers etc.. are what make the best vacation pictures. 

It is my opinion that vacation photos should have a mix of both, "Family" and "Scenic/Candid" photos. It's no fun to look through pictures, if you never get a chance to see yourself, your family or friends in them.. and It's also not that much fun for your friends to look through a million pictures of you and your family doing all these fun things. As much as you want your friends to see you standing in front of every possible tourist attraction, believe me, your friends are over it, after about 10 images. The ratio is important. 

Now, how to actually capture the image. 

I think it's best to carry a camera with you that is very versatile. I never like to carry around a big DSLR because it's just too heavy, and depending on where you are, it could make you a target for robbery. Don't worry though, there are solutions. There are many cameras on the market today that take fantastic photos, and fit inside your pant pocket. There are even cameras out there that allow the photographer to adjust manual settings, of shutter speed and aperture. Check out this Canon HERE.. it's the same camera I have for my vacation photos.. and I've totally fallen in love with it's features and size. 

Things to photograph while on vacation: 

  • Family
  • City at Night
  • Sunset
  • Local People
  • Local Shops
  • Nightlife
  • Tourist Attractions from a distance and up close
  • Food

These are just my two cents, and would love to hear what you think. Maybe lend some good tips too!