Bokeh in Photography

Bokeh means Blur. It is a photography technique that is used to blur the areas of a photograph. Basically, bokeh pictures have only one point of focus, and is used for making an image look visually pleasing. The purpose of using bokeh is to make the subject stand out from the background.

Here are a few simple and easy tips that you can use to achieve the best bokeh effect in your shots:

Fast lens: To get a nice bokeh, use a fast lens with a large aperture as it decreases the depth of field to a very small area. Lenses with f/1.4, f/1.8 or f/2.8 apertures are preferred. If you don’t have a fast lens, increase the distance between the subject and the background.

Get close to the subject: Stand close to your subject to get a blurred background. This is achieved because the camera lens focuses closely on the subject and the depth of field will be the smallest.

Long lens: The longer lens you use, the more beautiful bokeh you will get. Using a long lens like 70-200 mm, will separate the subject from the background and will leave you with a fantastic bokeh.

Use longer focal length: If you are using a zoom lens, then zoom it to the maximum focal length. Increasing the focal length of the lens decreases the depth of the field and separates the subject from the background even more.

Shutter speed: Set the shutter speed faster than 1/50 second. 1/90 or above shutter speed is ideal. If it’s too dark, increase the ISO level higher than 800.

Bokeh, the subject and the background can be used in different ways. People mostly use it as a background effect because it makes the subject more appealing and beautiful. So try this beautiful technique in your photography and get amazing results.

Hopefully with this useful information, Shaw Academy has thrown some light on bokeh photography. Follow Shaw Academy on LinkedIn.

Photo-Merging in Photoshop | Tutorial

Photoshop provides a wide range of photo editing methods, among these is the techniques of merging two or more different photos. We can merge the two different photos or make a beautiful collage in Photoshop using a powerful tool call Layer Mask. The layer mask tool allows us to create beautiful graphics by combining several images into one continuous image.

In this tutorial, Shaw Academy explains you how to combine multiple images using Photoshop:

Step 1

First step, you need to do is to open the 2 images in Photoshop which you want to merge. You can easily do it by dragging the images into Photoshop.

Step 2

Open the first image that you want to use as foreground and press Ctrl A to select the entire photo.

Step 3

You can also use the selection tool to select the specific section of the image, in case if you don’t want to merge the entire image.

Step 4

After selection, press Ctrl C, to copy the selection and open the image which you want to use as a background image. Then, press Ctrl V to paste the selection into the background image as a new layer.

Step 5

Then, open the layers’ window and double-click to type “Layer 1” name, you can choose “Foreground” as the layer name, then press “Enter.” The original image layer will be displayed as “Background” on the layers’ window.

Step 6

Click on the Layer Mode list with the “Foreground” layer selected.

Step 7

Choose the method, you want to blend the two layers. There are two options – Normal and Pin Light. The “Normal” option places the foreground image on the background image. The “Pin Light” option replaces the colors of the foreground image with a background image and create amazing effects.

Step 8

Adjust the two merged images by dragging and then click on File and select the Save As option to save the new merged image.

As you have seen, merging photos is easy in Photoshop, but finding images of the same resolution and color-space is not so easy. If the images are not matching the new merged image file will look bit artificial because of a color mismatch. But don’t worry, Photoshop is having one more amazing feature of changing colors. You can easily remove the original colors from the photos and fill your own colors to give the new photo a real look.

How to use that tool, Shaw Academy will explain in its Photoshop course. Follow Shaw Academy Google Plus page for more information.

5 Must Have Camera Accessories

The desire to obtain a camera is not enough. When you’re heading out into the great outdoors, a camera alone just isn’t going to cut it. If you really want to use your photography skills, then you’ll need a little extra help of camera accessories. Why we need camera accessories? According to Shaw Academy, camera accessories are the items that can be used to enhance your photographs. They can be used to create and store better images.

The following list of accessories contains items that Shaw Academy feel will actually make a difference in your photography…

Camera Bag

Once you are done with clicking, a camera bag is must to protect your investment. A camera bag safeguards your gadget from dirt and dust and from breaking too. Besides it makes room for extra lenses and other equipment. In addition, it adds more style to your outfit if you hang it around your waist.

Lens

People often think that if you have a fancy camera you can take fancy photos. Not true – it’s more about the lenses than the camera body itself.  A camera is incomplete without lenses. It is always better to keep upgrading your camera lenses according to latest specifications.

Tripod

A tripod is one element in the list of camera accessories which will let you focus on shooting the right moments. If you are into wildlife photograph or love to capture nature, you must get a tripod. The good news is they aren’t expensive and make a world of difference in your photos.

External Flash

Nothing can upgrade the quality of the photos more than light. By using an external flash, you can get beautiful photos and add a completely different dimensions to your photos. External flash creates a larger and softer light source while still properly exposing the scene.

Blower

Nobody wants to see spots on their photos. If it does start happening though, you want to have a blower laying around. It helps to keep the lenses clean and it does a really good job blowing off dust from the camera sensor when traveling. Give it a try and you won’t regret it.

The conclusion is don’t hesitate to buy the “must have” camera accessories. You’ve spent a big amount on a new camera setup. What’s little more amount if it helps you protect and enjoy the gadget you just bought?

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