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How to Make Your Backgrounds Blurred

Sometimes you may need to blur out the background of your images. Let’s say you are shooting portraiture outdoors and there is a cluttered background which you don’t want to incorporate into the final image. Well you could possibly move the subject away from that spot and place her somewhere with a nicer background. But, sometimes, moving the subject may not be feasible as the lighting may change or the location being a bit cluttered overall may not allow you too much flexibility, like in the image below. So what do you do in a situation like this? There is an easier and more practical method.

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Flowers photography: tips to shoot better imagesOne of the most fascinating subjects for photography are flowers. They are bright, vibrant, comes in all shapes and sizes and thankfully they are abundant. There are flowers for every season, for every reason, for every mood and for every lens! The best thing about flower photography is that you don’t need fancy cameras and or lenses. Yes, a macro lens will take you closer and you would be able to make super sharp images of small details, but if you do it right your kits lens will provide you with excellent images as well. Read more...
Light Painting in Photography: An IntroductionLight painting is a very interesting technique in photography that predominantly uses artificial lights to illuminate a subject in low to zero ambient lighting conditions. By reading the first line you would no doubt have guessed that in order to do light painting, you need to shoot in the dark, ideally after sunset. It is true, but that does not mean that you always have to shoot in pitch black conditions. For example, even if there is some amount of twilight in the sky, you could get beautiful light painted images. It is about using your imagination, using the artificial light creatively in conjugation with whatever ambient light there is to get the best out of a situation. Read more...
How editing your stock photography can lead to more salesBefore you can start selling your images on microstock websites you ought to know a few things about why a majority of the submissions get rejected. Every image submitted on a microstock website will have to go through a rigid scrutiny. This is done by experienced photo editors. They would check for compliance of a number of aspects. These tend to vary from one microstock website to another, but by and larger there are some that are in common. Read more...
How Properly Holding Your Camera Can Lead to Better PhotosThe way you hold your camera is almost as important as choosing the right kind of camera to shoot with in the first place. Think of it this way: a chef can use the fanciest of pots and pans, but if he doesn’t know how to properly stir the contents of those pots and pans, his food is not going to be his best work. While a tripod is the easiest way to ensure your photos come out crystal clear, lugging around and setting up a tripod before every shot is simply unrealistic. Here are 9 tips for holding your camera for the perfect shot. Read more...
Awesome Tips for Photographing GroupsPhotographing groups can be extremely difficult. Usually, the need for large groups occurs at important events such as weddings, awards ceremonies, and work functions, making the job of the photographer incredibly important and oftentimes stressful. Whether there are three subjects or thirty, group photography requires us to break away from what might be our normal rules of operation and think outside the box -- sometimes at the spur of the moment. Though far from exhaustive, this article offers nine tips to help you keep control of your group subjects so that you can focus on taking some great shots. Read more...
Improving Photography Skills – Landscape ImagesThe title of this discussion might evoke a feeling that this is yet another mundane and clichéd discussion on the topic of tips and tricks of landscape photography. It is not. There is not dearth of such discussions on the internet and I would not be burdening you with another one. Instead, this discussion is about how to see an image in a scene and then to capture it for those who were not there. I am going to discuss about how you see beyond the obvious and right through the clutter of mundane. Read more...
Understanding camera metering modesAs a photographer, digital or otherwise, one thing that you need to have a good idea of is the camera metering mode. By metering, I am referring to the process of assessing the light that is reflected off a surface and then the evaluation of the right exposure values for a properly exposed picture. All modern digital cameras employ the reflected light method when it comes to metering a scene; meaning, it actually measures how much light is reflected and not how much light falls on it. This process has its own limitations, but, we shall not be delving deeper into that. Here, however, we shall be looking at how to use the right metering mode for a given scene. Read more...
Sports Photography: Tips and How-toEven if it’s not your chosen specialty, sports photography is something every photographer faces at one point or another (and another and another...). We photograph our kids’ soccer games for posterity, professional sporting events for the interest, and other fast-moving subjects because they’re right in front of us and we have a camera in our hands. Many of us even shoot children’s and amateur sporting events as an opportunity to sell our photos to proud parents. Whether it’s kids or professional athletes running down the field, knowing how to photograph fast-moving subjects is key to getting great action photos that can be shared and enjoyed. Below are ten useful tips for photographing sports that are sure to increase the quality of your action photos. Read more...