Depth of field

In one of my photography tutorial, I was explaining to my student how depth-of-field works. Aperture as part of the exposure triangle, helps control the amount of light coming in by adjusting the size of the opening. By changing the size of the opening, you are also indirectly changing the depth-of-field.

Shot taken at f/5.6, focal length 155mm. The background is visibly blurred even at relatively small opening. (shooting for Ody's Cafe)

Shot taken at f/5.6, focal length 155mm. The background is visibly blurred even at relatively small opening. (shooting for Ody’s Cafe)

Depth-of-field is always dependent on the size of the opening. If your intention is to reduce the depth-of-field, meaning blur background and sharp subject, your objective is to increase the opening. The bigger the opening, the lesser the depth-of-field and vice versa. Continue reading “Depth of field” »

Charge to Experience

OSLOB. I was testing shooting HDR handheld minus the tripod, and even if the shutter speed was fast enough for all the three frames, I experienced some softness during alignment in Photoshop. Tripod is still the best option when shooting HDR.

OSLOB. I was testing shooting HDR handheld minus the tripod, and even if the shutter speed was fast enough for all the three frames, I experienced some softness during alignment in Photoshop. Tripod is still the best option when shooting HDR.

Often, when a group of photographers is put in one room, it’s inevitable that the topic of gears will almost instantly be a hit. One would share a personal review on a particular brand while others would update the group in terms of new releases. On rare occasion, one photographer would open up and share one’s techniques.

This is the part that I really look forward to. While I’m quite technical when it comes to gears configuration, I’m also a sucker when it comes to shooting style and techniques. I probably spend 90 percent of my time learning the different photographic challenges and technique. Continue reading “Charge to Experience” »

Inspired to Shoot

As I was editing the winning raw files in preparation for hi-­res printing of the recently concluded Sinulog Photo Contest, there was this one photo that really inspired me more about photography.

Photo by Leo Sibi, 6th Place Festival Queen, ?NEF f/3.5, 1/000 ISO2500

Photo by Leo Sibi, 6th Place Festival Queen, ?NEF f/3.5, 1/000 ISO2500

The Sinulog Foundation would normally forward the winning printed photos in their standard 5R format together with the raw files to their printing partner, GraphicStar. I’m normally called to finalize and edit raw files to ensure the optimum quality for hi­-res printing. I would normally expect that the raw file would differ from the printed version. Continue reading “Inspired to Shoot” »