Photography 101 http://www.stuff.tv/photography-101/features en-GB Bike week: how to photograph the Tour http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-how-photograph-tour/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;re going to be one of the thousands lining the Tour route this weekend, try these cyclo-papping tips from professional snapper Alex P (alexp.com) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen-shot-2014-06-06-at-15.49.55.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you want to get some decent snaps any major sporting event faster and livelier than the World Handwriting Championships, you need to prepare in advance. Follow these simple guidelines from Alex P (<a href="http://alexp.com" target="_blank">alexp.com</a>) and you&#39;ll have no trouble getting a couple of memorable shots.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Scout a location </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The best spot depends on the story you&#39;re trying to tell. The loneliness of the long distance cyclist or a peloton bunfight? Either way, work out where the bikes will in relation to the camera and background &ndash; ideally between the two.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/one-shutterstock_111934835.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Prepare to burst </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Burst mode, that is. Rapid-fire shots (10-15fps) give you more chance of getting the right shot, but also slow down your auto-focus. Choosing .jpegs as your file format will enable quicker buffering and download speeds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="959" height="880" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Burst1.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Turn to &#039;S&#039; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>...or &#39;T&#39;, on some cameras - the Shutter Priority setting that allows you to pick the speed of your shot. Fast shutter speeds freeze motion and help sharpness, so go for a speed no slower than 1/125 and try something in the 1/400 - 1/800 range. Move the camera with your subject (a technique called &#39;panning&#39;) to provide an added element of speed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screen-shot-2014-06-06-at-15.49.55.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. turn around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&#39;t just snap the cyclists. Crowd reactions with the relevant action in frame give great results, as do &#39;behind the scenes&#39; images of rider prep and post-race reactions. In any area of photography, you get the best shots by capturing images that others don&#39;t think of, or can&#39;t get access to.</p> <p>Find more easy advice on how to create amazing photographs in <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/two-shutterstock_33605863.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-how-photograph-tour/feature#comments Bikes Photography 101 Sport Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:08:20 +0000 Will Dunn 1440894 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How to take great snaps on any camera, from your phone to a full-fat DSLR. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Shot at cat-purr-ture f1.8" alt="bokeh" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bruce-extreme-bokeh%20%281%29.jpg?1403494662" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While we spend a great deal of time figuring out which is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/system-cameras/top-ten">the best camera you can buy</a>, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review">best cameraphone ever made</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-cyber-shot-hx60v/review">only compact you&#39;ll ever need</a>, we don&#39;t spend a whole lot of time telling you how to use them. So, in this collection of straightforward mini-guides, we&#39;re collecting the best photography tips from Stuff&#39;s expert snappers.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Part 1: it&#039;s all about background </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In a nutshell, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">bokeh means blurred background</a>. One of the first things you should learn in photography is that you don&#39;t want all of your picture in focus - pick out the details you want the picture to be about and blur the rest, and your picture will have purpose. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">Here&#39;s how.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="803" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jenga-bokeh_0.jpg?1403494662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> part 2: learn to zoom </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A zoom lens doesn&#39;t just magnify things, it <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-little-zoom-can-make-big-difference/feature">changes the way they look</a>. Spend 10 minutes mucking about with the zoom on your compact camera, and you&#39;ll find your photos take a big leap forward. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-little-zoom-can-make-big-difference/feature">Here&#39;s the guide.</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OxfordStreetShoppers_0.jpg?1403494662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> part 3: go prime </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the biggest mistakes you can make in photography is to buy a nice expensive DSLR or compact system camera, and then only use it with the simple &#39;kit&#39; lens that came with it. The first, best upgrade you can make is to attach a prime lens - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-and-why-you-should-buy-prime-lens/feature">here&#39;s why, and which one to buy. </a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-50mm-f18_0.jpg?1403494662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> part 4: pan for gold </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature">Panorama mode</a> might be something you&#39;ve used once or twice, but it&#39;s actually a startlingly powerful creative tool that can create amazing special effects - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature">read this guide, and find out how</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Global-Wobble-Montage-scaled_0.jpg?1403494662" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> part 5: family album </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;re a parent, you probably take an average of thirty billion photos per year of your children. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-take-better-photos-your-kids/feature">Follow this smart, simple guide</a> and learn to do it properly. &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="604" height="453" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-main-01.jpg?1402678237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Part 6: write with light </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>All kinds of photo-magic can be achieved by simply switching to a slow shutter speed. Find out <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-long-exposures/feature" target="_blank">how to shoot long exposures</a> in our guide.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="378" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/namewriting_0.jpg?1402678237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Part 7: go monochrome </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Want to turn your hand to the oldest type of photography? Check out our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-s-guide-photography-how-take-dramatic-black-and-white-pictures/feature" target="_blank">guide to shooting black and white pictures</a> to add some vintage cool to your snaps.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-contrast_0.jpg?1402678237" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-50mm-f18_0_0.jpg?1402678237" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature#comments Cameras Digital compacts Photography 101 Smartphones System Cameras Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:22:00 +0000 Will Dunn 1437339 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff’s Guide to Photography: How to take dramatic black and white pictures http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-s-guide-photography-how-take-dramatic-black-and-white-pictures/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to turn your hand to the oldest type of photography? We’re here to help you go monochrome </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff’s Guide to Photography: How to take dramatic black and white pictures" alt="Stuff’s Guide to Photography: How to take dramatic black and white pictures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/photo-guide-black-white-main.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Black and white photography might sound simpler than colour photography &ndash; after all, it&rsquo;s been around for a lot longer and it&rsquo;s basically just two colours. However, a quick glance through Flickr or Facebook should demonstrate that people still struggle to understand what makes a good monochromatic photo. But Stuff is here to help: we&rsquo;ve put together this short guide to try and help you grasp the black and white basics.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Contrast is key </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because black and white photos remove colour, the viewer&rsquo;s attention is focussed on other things. Sharpness, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">depth of field</a> and composition are of course important, but contrast is arguably the key factor in how much impact a black and white photograph holds.</p> <p>In most black and white images, you&rsquo;ll be looking for big contrasts between the darkest and lightest areas of the image. That&rsquo;s where the drama comes from. If your original photo doesn&rsquo;t have as much contrast as you&rsquo;d like, get it into Photoshop or another editing app and adjust the settings. Remember: a good colour photo won&rsquo;t necessarily make a good black and white one.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">Stuff&rsquo;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh &ndash; and how do I get it?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Look to bring bright whites and inky blacks into close proximity" alt="Look to bring bright whites and inky blacks into close proximity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-contrast.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Polarising filters are your friend </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re shooting for black and white outside on a sunny day, attaching a circular polarising filter will help provide a more dramatic, contrasty monochromatic sky. The filter will darken the blue of the sky without darkening clouds, buildings or other objects in frame.</p> <p>Circular polarising filters don&#39;t start out particularly expensive (you can pick one up for under &pound;20) but make sure you buy the correct size to fit your lens&#39; diameter.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-a7r/review">Sony A7R camera review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That sky comes courtesy of a polarising filter screwed onto the lens" alt="That sky comes courtesy of a polarising filter screwed onto the lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-polarising-filter.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shoot in RAW if you can, colour if you can’t </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If your camera can shoot in RAW mode (most DSLRs, compact system cameras and higher-end compacts can), it&rsquo;s advisable to use it if you&rsquo;re taking pictures to convert into black and white. Yes, RAW images take up a lot more space on your camera&rsquo;s memory card, but that&rsquo;s because they retain all the info captured by the sensor and that means you have much more scope to process images in Photoshop, Aperture or Lightroom than you would with compressed JPEGs.</p> <p>If your camera doesn&rsquo;t support RAW shooting, it&rsquo;s almost always best to simply shoot in colour JPEG rather than use your camera&rsquo;s built-in black and white settings. Colour JPEGs will contain more data than black and white JPEGs, and thus offer a little more post-processing freedom.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="RAW shooting will give you the most scope for editing images after exposure" alt="RAW shooting will give you the most scope for editing images after exposure" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-raw.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Black and white portraits can hide a multitude of sins </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Black and white portraits often prove the most flattering, because skin blemishes disappear and the subject&rsquo;s most striking features stand out. Of course, upping the contrast too much can make wrinkles and fine lines more prominent than they&rsquo;d appear in real life, so moderation is key.</p> <p>As is lighting: light your subject too harshly and they can appear ghostly, cadaverous or just plain scary. It is, however, generally a good idea to contrast the subject and background: keep the subject&rsquo;s face lit and the background dark (or maybe vice versa if you&rsquo;re feeling adventurous).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/leica-m-monochrom-revealed/news">Leica M Monochrom, the world&rsquo;s first black and white digital rangefinder, revealed</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1680" title="Give your mate a gift they&#039;ll never forget: a kickarse new Facebook profile pic" alt="Give your mate a gift they&#039;ll never forget: a kickarse new Facebook profile pic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-portrait.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Going monochrome can save a noisy shot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Taking photos at high ISO settings often results in noise: that colourful digital graininess that distracts your eye and obscures fine details. But flip the image to black and white and noise simply becomes simple grain: something that can serve to make a shot moodier or pleasingly scuzzy. So if you&rsquo;ve taken a shot you like but it&rsquo;s spoiled by noise when viewed in colour, give it a go in monochrome and see what happens &ndash; you may be pleasantly surprised.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/photography-101">All Stuff&rsquo;s Photography Guides in one place</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ugly noise becomes gritty grain in black and white" alt="Ugly noise becomes gritty grain in black and white" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photo-guide-black-white-noise.jpg?1403748800" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Cameras Digital compacts Photography 101 System Cameras Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:55:02 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1438718 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography: How to shoot long exposures http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-long-exposures/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All kinds of photo-magic can be achieved by simply switching to a slow shutter speed. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/traffic.jpg?1404441946" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Blur? Blur is bad, right? Not always. Just as you can make nice pictures by blurring the backgrounds with a bit of bokeh, another classic trick every snapper should know is the long exposure: by deliberately picking a slower shutter speed, you can capture smears of motion and dreamy patterns of light that make your picture tell a story. It&#39;s a piece of cake to do - just set up your camera and start mucking about.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Set up and steady </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re not an expert on manual settings, fear not. Simply set your camera&rsquo;s mode dial to Shutter Priority, which will be marked &lsquo;S&rsquo; or &lsquo;Tv&rsquo;. This auto-adjusts all the settings apart from the shutter speed, freeing you up to experiment with speeds - try anything from one second to thirty seconds fro long exposures. On some phones, like the Nokia Lumia 920 and 1020, you can set the exposure to several seconds.</p> <p>Your next step is to keep the camera from moving, because if the camera moves while the shutter&rsquo;s open, your picture will be blurrier than Keith Richards&rsquo; memories of the 1970s. So, use a tripod if you&rsquo;ve got one, or a solid resting place like a table or a wall if you haven&rsquo;t. Set the shutter to self-timer, so you&rsquo;re not touching the camera when it takes the picture.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-take-better-photos-your-kids/feature">how to take better photos of tiny people</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shutterpriority.jpg?1404441946" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Try writing your name </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once you&rsquo;re set up, try a basic bit of &lsquo;light painting&rsquo;: wait until dark, grab a torch and set your exposure time to anything from 10-30 seconds. When the self-timer goes off, use the torch to draw in the air, just like writing your name with a sparkler. Once you&rsquo;ve drawn the obligatory crude willy or two (or seven), find some coloured lights and start trying different combinations of colour, movement and exposure.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/namewriting.jpg?1404441946" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Capture some clichés </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now that you&rsquo;ve mastered the basic principle, head out and look for some moving lights. There are some pictures that everyone has a go at, once they start playing with long exposures - streams of traffic at night and fairgrounds are the main culprits - so start by replicating these classics, then have a look around and think about how you can change them. Move to some traffic lights, for example, and you can get both the stationary cars and the light-streaks of them moving. You can get some dazzling results from fireworks, too - anywhere you see moving lights, get your camera steady and try a few shots, increasing the exposure time with each shot.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature">how to shoot amazing panoramas</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fair.jpg?1404441946" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> use it in the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Long exposures aren&rsquo;t just for the night. You can use them to magically remove people from a busy scene - try snapping a busy square during the day with a long exposure, and the fact that most people are moving around will reduce them to blurry ghosts, while buildings remain sharp - very handy if you&#39;re in a tourist spot where people keep walking into your shot. It&rsquo;s also a great way to convey movement - crowds, moving water and more can be blurred into patterns of frenetic activity by leaving the shutter open a bit longer than usual. Try a long exposure of a waterfall, a beach or a river and you&#39;ll get a dreamlike haze of moving water that you&#39;ll recognise from a thousand desktop backgrounds.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">the meaning of bokeh, and why it&#39;s a good thing</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/valencia.jpg?1404441946" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tip: keeping the light out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because you&#39;re leaving the shutter open for a long time, it&#39;s easy to let too much light into the camera and over-expose your shot, so it&#39;ll look washed-out and over-bright. There are a few ways to combat this in-camera - make sure your sensitivity (ISO) is set to 100 and your lens is at its smallest aperture (highest f-number). Beyond that, you can buy a Neutral Density filter, sometimes called an ND filter. This will limit the amount of light going on to the sensor still further, allowing you to take longer exposures during the day. &nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> go clean </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>(Image credit:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/shanegorski">Shane Gorski</a>)</em></p> <p>Once you&#39;ve achieved control of the blur using long exposures, the next step is to use them for crisp, clean photos. This isn&#39;t possible for anything that&#39;s moving, but try it on buildings, landscapes and close-up objects, and you&#39;ll find it changes the way things are lit in your picture - often for the better. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature">browse the full Stuff Guide to Photography here</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="800" title="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to shoot long exposures" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2337252715_85f4633077_o.jpg?1404441946" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-long-exposures/feature#comments Cameras Photography 101 System Cameras Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:39:20 +0000 Will Dunn 1438121 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography: How to take better photos of your kids http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-take-better-photos-your-kids/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You spend enough time snapping photos of your darling children, so you might as well learn how to do it properly... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2400" height="1800" title="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/photography-tips-kids-main-01.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Parenthood changes you in myriad ways. It makes you fatter, poorer, more tired and less interesting. It makes you spend less time with your friends and more time at the doctors. And if you&#39;re into photography, it gives you a fantastic new subject for pictures that people will actually clamour to see (well, if they&#39;re family members they will).&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Ditch the cheese </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Young children don&rsquo;t understand posing. At the first hint of the word &lsquo;cheese&rsquo;, your kids will go into full-on gurn mode, pulling a face which makes them look as if they&rsquo;ve contracted tetanus. So don&rsquo;t bother trying for a formally posed shot.</p> <p>Instead, capture them in natural poses. Playing with toys or other children; concentrating intently on some seemingly mundane task such as putting the lid on a felt tip; daydreaming about what it would be like to be a grape.</p> <p>Whatever they&rsquo;re doing, your photos will look better if they&rsquo;re concentrating on that rather than on posing for you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2600" height="1800" title="Children will always smile more normally when not posing for you" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-cheese-03.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2400" height="1800" title="The cheese problem" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-cheese-01.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Blend into the background </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Not always easy, but as with point no.1, if your kids know you&rsquo;re taking photos of them, they&rsquo;re likely to stop doing whatever it was that you wanted to take a photo of them doing and instead grin like a maniac.</p> <p>Your best bet here is to use a camera with a long lens. This could be a travel cam such as the Sony Cyber-shot HX60V or a bridge cam like the Panasonic Lumix FZ200, but for the best results we&rsquo;d always go for a DSLR or compact system camera teamed with a decent telephoto zoom such as a 70-200mm.</p> <p>The other advantage to zooming in from far away is that a longer focal length is more flattering to the features. Stay close up and use a wide-angle lens and your child&rsquo;s nose will appear elongated, their face will be stretched and they&rsquo;ll end up looking like something painted by Picasso. A telephoto zoom shot from far away will instead compress their features slightly, which will generally make them looking even more adorable than you&rsquo;re already convinced they are.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1800" height="2400" title="Using a telephoto lens can help you capture your child in a natural pose" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-background-06.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2400" height="1800" title="Using a wide-angle lens from up close will distort your children&#039;s features" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-background-02.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Focus on the eyes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The eyes are a draw in any portrait, but they&rsquo;re even more important when photographing kids. Children have huge eyes in relation to their rest of their features and human adults have evolved to see this as cute rather than hideous and alien-esque. So you&rsquo;ll want to make sure they&rsquo;re both in focus.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s rarely a problem on a smartphone or compact camera, where the depth of field is generally such that most of your picture will be in focus. On a big-sensored camera, though, you&rsquo;ll have to be more careful with your settings.</p> <p>Choose aperture-priority mode, then set your aperture to about f5.6. You might be able to get away with a lower setting depending on how far you are from your child and what focal length you&rsquo;re shooting with. As a guide, an 18-55mm kit lens zoomed to 55mm and shot from about 5ft away at f5.6 will give you a depth of field of about 6in. Use a 50mm prime lens at f1.8 and it&rsquo;ll be about 2in.</p> <p>The best bet is to take a test shot or two, then zoom in on the eyes just to make sure they&rsquo;re both in focus, but after a while you get a feel for this kind of thing.</p> <p>Next, ramp up the ISO high enough that you still get a fast shutter speed; kids are constantly moving, so you&rsquo;ll want a shutter speed of at least 1/125, ideally more. ISO is less important - modern DSLRs can shoot at ridiculously high levels with minimal noise, and besides, a little noise is always preferable to blur or missed focus.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2400" height="1800" title="Both eyes are sharp" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-eyes-01.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1800" height="2400" title="The right eye is sharp but the left eye is not in focus" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-eyes-02.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. Master movement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we just said, children never sit still unless they&rsquo;re being told to get a move on. Traditionally, the way to deal with that is to freeze the action with a fast shutter speed. You might not have that option if you&rsquo;re using a smartphone, but turn the flash on and it&rsquo;ll have the same effect, freezing your child at the exact moment the flash goes off.</p> <p>Alternatively, you can use their movement to creative effect. Set a slow shutter speed of maybe 1/13, a high aperture of at least f8 and ideally a low ISO, then snap away as they&rsquo;re doing their thing. The key is to pan with them as they move - this should keep them sharp while the background will be blurred.</p> <p>Using a tripod or camera/lens with image stabilisation can help here, as it will ensure that any blur is caused by the movement of your children rather than your alcohol-induced shaking. It works best when your kids are moving really quickly, such as on a rollercoaster or slide and can give your pictures a real drama. Or at least disguise your alcohol-induced shaking.</p> <p>Finally, if you are looking to freeze motion, always set your camera to continuous mode if it has one. The more photos you take of them running/skipping/throwing gravel at another child, the more chance there is that one will capture that exact moment that you were after. For instance the one where they break into a broad grin as they realise that a piece of gravel is going to lodge in the other child&#39;s eye.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1800" height="2400" title="A slow shutter speed and pan can give the effect of movement" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-movement-01.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="2600" height="1800" title="Freeze motion with a fast shutter speed or flash" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-movement-03.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. Get a new perspective </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Children are annoyingly short, which can be a real pain when you&rsquo;re taking photos of them. Shoot from adult height and you&rsquo;ll invariably end up with more hair than face, so you&rsquo;ll want to crouch or kneel for best results.</p> <p>Lying down can be even more dramatic, with your son or daughter presented in a perspective that most people will never have seen them in before. Alternatively, shoot them from above but in a way that makes their littleness the focus of the photo rather than just a byproduct.</p> <p>Better still, get into their environment with them and make it part of the shot. If they&rsquo;re in the middle of a big climbing frame, for instance, position yourself within it so that the bars are around the frame as well as around them - it&#39;ll help give the viewer a feeling of having been there with the child.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2600" height="1800" title="Use the environment for creative effect" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-perspective-03.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1800" height="2400" title="Getting down to their level makes for a better shot" alt="Stuff&#039;s guide to photography - how to take better photos of your kids" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/photography-tips-kids-perspective-02.jpg?1404961308" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-take-better-photos-your-kids/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-take-better-photos-your-kids/feature#comments Cameras Photography 101 Sun, 01 Jun 2014 11:38:27 +0000 Marc McLaren 1438183 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography: How to shoot panoramas http://www.stuff.tv/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Give us five minutes, and we&#039;ll show you how to panorama like Paxman*. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/MainPanoMontage-scaled01.jpg?1401421098" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&#39;ve probably used that Panorama feature on your phone or camera a couple of times for lanscape shots and then left it where it is, but it&#39;s actually one of the best creative tools your camera has. If you don&#39;t believe us, join us on an adventure into a warped world of wrap-around wonders...</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Take a &#039;global&#039; panorama </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can make your corner of the world look exactly like a corner of the world by tilting your camera or phone as you pan. It&#39;s slightly counter-intuitive, so instead of panning in an arc like a rainbow, you pan from high up on your left, down to the right and back up again, like tracing out a big smile. Once your camera/phone has stitched the pic together, you&#39;ll have a curved horizon that makes your scene look like a little planet.</p> <p>You can even go up and down in the same shot to create hills and valleys. This needs a bit of practice - if you move too much, the camera will realise it&#39;s being tricked and refuse to take the shot.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/GlobalMontage-1-scaled.jpg?1401421098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Global-Wobble-Montage-scaled.jpg?1401421098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Go Vertical </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Panoramas don&#39;t just have to be wide; they&#39;re a great way of fitting something tall into your picture. Start with your camera or phone pointing directly down and then move up towards the sky, and even back down to the ground behind you. It works well for quirky portraits and scenes where there are interesting features or textures from the ground to the sky, such as in a forest, on a beach with cliffs or in a cathedral.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VericalMontage-1-scaled.jpg?1401421098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Add some movement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Moving subjects can be unpredictable, but they can also create interesting effects that differ according to the camera you&#39;re using. With a swing-lens film camera such as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/horizon/horizon-kompakt/review">Lomography Horizon Kompakt</a>, anything moving fast enough will be stretched or squashed. Use a digital camera or your phone and it might take a few goes, but you can end up with multiple appearances from people in the same shot.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-little-zoom-can-make-big-difference/feature">How a little zoom can make a big difference</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/MovementMontageScaled.jpg?1401421098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Look for long things </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course, the main purpose of Panorama Mode is to take pictures of long things, so keep an eye out for queues, trains, buses or rows of anything noteworthy. Things closest to you are likely to appear much larger in the frame, so get nearer to the best bits. Don&#39;t be afraid to crop, either: if you chop off the first or final third of the picture, you&#39;ll give the eye a start and end point, and add prominence whatever was originally in the middle of the panorama.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-and-why-you-should-buy-prime-lens/feature">why a prime lens should be your next camera upgrade</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LongThingsMontage-1-scaled.jpg?1401421098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> go for a spin </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For the apex in panoramic photography, check out the <a href="http://shop.lomography.com/gb/cameras/spinner-camera-family">Lomography 360 Spinner</a>. This crazy 35mm film camera has a lens that spins on top of a handle, exposing well over 360 degrees of the scene. Much fun can be had shooting at strange angles as well as on a level pitch.</p> <p><strong>To see all these images in full resolution, <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/93783325@N00/sets/72157644269419719/">click here</a>.</strong></p> <p>*Yes, Jeremy Paxman is best known for <em>Newsnight</em>, but he was on <em>Panorama</em> for several years.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lomo360MontageScaled.jpg?1401421098" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/lomography/stuffs-guide-photography-how-shoot-panoramas/feature#comments Cameras Lomography Panorama Photography 101 System Cameras Wed, 28 May 2014 10:55:10 +0000 Will Dunn 1438012 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography: why you need a prime lens, and how to buy one http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-and-why-you-should-buy-prime-lens/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> They don&#039;t zoom, but a prime lens can dramatically transform your photography </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: How (and why) you should buy a prime lens" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: How (and why) you should buy a prime lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/three-sony-prime-lenses.jpg?1401191619" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In this instalment of our photography guide, we're taking a close look at prime lenses. Many DSLR and compact system camera owners never think to go beyond the basic zoom that comes with their new camera, but they're missing out - here's why a simple, high-quality prime lens can do more for your photos.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What is a prime lens? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Basically, it's a lens that doesn't zoom. Any lens with a fixed focal length (like 30mm or 50mm) is considered a prime lens. This means primes are less versatile than zoom lenses, but in general they offer better optical quality, because they're built specifically to be perfect at one focal length. And because they don't need the&nbsp;extra&nbsp;moving parts and bits of glass that zooms need, they can be smaller, lighter and cheaper. Although this being camera kit, they can also be eye-wateringly expensive, as we'll see later.&nbsp;</p> <p>So mainly you want a prime because it'll improve your pictures, and because you can afford one, but they're also a great way to change the way you shoot. With a zoom, you can stand still and zoom in, but with a prime forces you to move around for the shot you want, and in doing so makes you think more about how you're composing your picture.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1794" title="A 50mm prime allows you to easily achieve a narrow depth of field" alt="A 50mm prime allows you to easily achieve a narrow depth of field" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bruce-50mm-lens.jpg?1401191619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pick your focal length </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The length of lens you buy will affect what sort of pictures you can take, and the choice is huge. From 800mm super-telephoto primes to 8mm ultra wide-angle fisheye primes, they’re available for all sorts of jobs. The most common, though, are in the 35mm-50mm range, which equate to what most photographers would consider 'normal'. That's because on a full-frame camera, a 50mm lens give you about the same field of view as regular human vision, and on an APS-C body, a 35mm lens would offer a similar field of view.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Three primes for Sony&#039;s A-Mount: 400mm, 90mm and 50mm" alt="Three primes for Sony&#039;s A-Mount: 400mm, 90mm and 50mm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/three-sony-primes.jpg?1401191619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Try a “nifty fifty” as your first prime lens </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is our recommended starting point, then. Affordable, compact, lightweight and offering far superior optical quality to a standard kit zoom lens, a 50mm F1.8 lens will transform your photography. The large F1.8 aperture makes it ideal for low-light shooting, as well offering the short depth of field that gives a sharply focused subject with attractive, out-of-focus backgrounds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A 50mm F1.8 lens from Nikon" alt="A 50mm F1.8 lens from Nikon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nikon-50mm-f18.jpg?1401191619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Suggestions: three first-time primes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/lens/dn-lens?product_id=259" href="http://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/lens/dn-lens?product_id=259">Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN (£100)</a></strong><br />Available for mirrorless compact system cameras using the Micro Four Thirds or E Mount systems, this wide-angle prime isn’t among the finest lenses – but for £100 it’s tough to beat. Ideal for landscapes and street snapshots.</p> <p><strong><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/EF_Lenses/Standard_and_Medium_Telephoto/EF_50mm_f1.8_II/" href="http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/EF_Lenses/Standard_and_Medium_Telephoto/EF_50mm_f1.8_II/">Canon 50mm EF F1.8 ii (£85)</a></strong><br />An essential upgrade for anyone with a Canon DSLR. A bargain at the price (and similarly cheap, fast 50mm lenses are available for all camera systems), a 50mm F1.8 is ideal for portraits and low light shooting.</p> <p><strong><a data-cke-saved-href="http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/singlefocal/normal/af-s_nikkor85mmf_18g/" href="http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/singlefocal/normal/af-s_nikkor85mmf_18g/">Nikon 85mm F1.8 G (£375)</a></strong><br />Razor-sharp and absolutely the perfect focal length for taking portraits, the 85mm is perhaps less versatile than a 50mm or 35mm, but still a fantastic lens.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Understand your F-number </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You'll notice that all these lenses have an F-number next to them (Canon 50mm f1.8, for example). The F-number refers to the aperture, which is the hole that lets the light into the camera. The lower the lower the F-number, the larger the hole, so the more light it can let in.&nbsp;The F-number F1.2 and F1.4 lenses are the largest aperture lenses available for most DSLRs and compact system cameras, and because they let in bags of light, they allow for fast shutter speeds and they create lovely <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature" href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">bokeh (click here if you don't know what that is)</a>.</p> <p>As focal lengths increase, however, larger apertures require more complex engineering and weightier glass – which translates to higher prices. Canon’s hulking 200mm F2 lens, for instance, costs a wallet-wilting £4,000 and weighs in at 2.5kg - only professional sports photographers need apply.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM" alt="Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-200mm-f2.jpg?1401191619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Try it on everything </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once you've got yourself a prime, put it to work in a variety of different situations and you'll find they're actually pretty versatile. A 70mm, 90mm or 100mm F2.8 macro prime lens, for instance, is primarily designed for taking incredibly detailed shots of subjects extremely close to the lens – insects, flowers and the like – but it will also work very well for portraits of people standing a few paces away, as it’ll keep the subject’s face in sharp focus while blurring the background. As with all camera kit, the best way to figure it out is to keep using it as much as possible.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a data-cke-saved-href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjcd7/3209126306/in/photolist-5TzBrU-5dpVQP-5hBbB9-9AxeJX-67aHkX-5cdALv-apFzCh-6hDGxG-7eXmT-diGmuy-95eL1w-4jqneG-78zr7L-fCPVU9-cvCmF1-bwupsq-8jD27Z-4VHEGP-deFCJ7-6i6Dzb-7w5WcX-aSeEyH-92GWwF-MDTVV-zotCF-m18NHF-dd9Q6u-87viLG-64aRf8-hqsB22-adTgqA-cCFztb-97y6tu-8a1HAY-7B6wLQ-miHkxN-3AEjFn-br9v7n-7mmyx5-3z6AN7-4uceu8-dd9Q85-bpnxR-kwsc5q-deRwHp-cjdwWS-5hNEkV-jakkVi-bQ2vTH-bmgPDY" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjcd7/3209126306/in/photolist-5TzBrU-5dpVQP-5hBbB9-9AxeJX-67aHkX-5cdALv-apFzCh-6hDGxG-7eXmT-diGmuy-95eL1w-4jqneG-78zr7L-fCPVU9-cvCmF1-bwupsq-8jD27Z-4VHEGP-deFCJ7-6i6Dzb-7w5WcX-aSeEyH-92GWwF-MDTVV-zotCF-m18NHF-dd9Q6u-87viLG-64aRf8-hqsB22-adTgqA-cCFztb-97y6tu-8a1HAY-7B6wLQ-miHkxN-3AEjFn-br9v7n-7mmyx5-3z6AN7-4uceu8-dd9Q85-bpnxR-kwsc5q-deRwHp-cjdwWS-5hNEkV-jakkVi-bQ2vTH-bmgPDY">Connor Downey</a></em></p> <p><img class="cke_iframe" src="/sites/all/libraries/ckeditor/images/spacer.gif" data-cke-realelement="%3Ciframe%20frameborder%3D%220%22%20height%3D%22180%22%20src%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fpages.haymarket.com%2Fstuff_signup%2Fenews_embed%22%20style%3D%22overflow%3Ahidden%22%20width%3D%22300%22%3E%3C%2Fiframe%3E" data-cke-real-node-type="1" alt="IFrame" title="IFrame" align="" data-cke-real-element-type="iframe" data-cke-resizable="true" /></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="1200" title="A portrait taken with a 100mm macro lens" alt="A portrait taken with a 100mm macro lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/macro-portrait-100mm.jpg?1401191619" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Today, why a prime lens should be your first camera upgrade </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Cameras Photography 101 System Cameras Thu, 22 May 2014 12:08:05 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1437180 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography: how a little zoom can make a big difference http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-little-zoom-can-make-big-difference/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Zoom doesn&#039;t just make things bigger. Use it right and it can do all sorts of clever tricks, from making people look pretty to moving buildings closer together. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Zooming in on this queue of traffic makes the cars look much closer together, creating an impression of gridlock." alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: how to use a zoom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Traffic-1.jpg?1403144338" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don&#39;t need a high-end DSLR to get into zoom photography: the best compacts go up to 30x zoom, while Samsung&#39;s Galaxy K zoom sticks a 10x magnifier onto an Android phone. Here are Stuff&#39;s top tips for getting the most out of a big zoom.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make it busy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A wide-angle lens or setting (the default for most compact cameras and phones) is useful for something like a party where you want to fit a lot of close-up subjects into the frame, but if you want to create bustle in a picture, get further away and zoom in. A high zoom factor has the effect of compressing the perspective, bringing features closer together. You can use this trick to convey the <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/93783325@N00/5938831163/">bustle of shoppers on a high street</a> or to exaggerate the tightness of a queue of people or traffic.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="If you want to create a hurrying crowd, step well back and zoom in." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OxfordStreetShoppers.jpg?1403144338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Move a few buildings </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ever wondered how travel photographers manage to fit a whole skyline into one shot, but your holiday snaps only fit in one side of a building? The answer is zoom. Take one long zoom and one river (rivers are very useful because they force a clear, wide break between buildings), stand on one side of the river and shoot the buildings on the opposite bank. You&#39;ll find you can squash a whole load of landmarks into a single frame. Next, find a bend in the river and look along the far side at an angle, and you&#39;ll find buildings crowding into your lens. </p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature">make your subject stand out with blurry bokeh</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1209" height="900" title="Landscapes and cityscapes aren&#039;t just for wide-angle lenses: get further away, zoom in, and you&#039;ll fit more into your shot." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OldIsleworthZoom.jpg?1403144338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Perfect your portraits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A wide-angle lens widens what&#39;s in the picture, so if you use wide-angle for ears, noses and bums, you&#39;ll find them enlarged in the picture - deeply unflattering. Even a slight nudge on the zoom will improve this, and with a bit more zoom, you&#39;ll be able to push the background out of focus. Better yet, if you&#39;re in beautiful surroundings, take a good 10 or 20 paces back from your subject, then zoom in and use that compressed perspective to magnify distant objects, creating a close-up protrait that still has a scene-setting background.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Zoom in on a portrait and you&#039;ll find the background is magnified." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BackgroundDefocus.jpg?1403144338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The basic principle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&#39;re talking composition, here - what to put in your photograph, and how to get it there. Think of a zoom lens not just as a magnifying glass, but as something that can push objects closer together. Zoom in and you&#39;ll get more things (people, buildings, layers of foreground and background) in your shot. Zoom out, and they spread apart.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Layer it up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While a wide-angle lens makes distant object appear even farther away and emphasises wide, open spaces, a strong zoom can be a more effective way to document the changes from front to back in an expansive scene. A portrait orientation will allow you to capture everything from the middle-distance up to the horizon and sky in a stack of layers. The zoom will even out the size of the features in the foreground and the distance, giving a concise representation of the whole scene.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="675" height="900" title="With a wide-angle the rocks in the distance would be tiny and this picture would be all about the wave in the foreground - zoom in and you get a bit more depth." alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LayerItUp3.jpg?1403144338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Move the focus </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can also use zoom to create a shallow depth of field, so the area in front and behind your subject is out focus and your subject is picked out as the hero of the picture. Try using this to add tension to a shot, by blurring the foreground and pushing the sharp detail further back. It&#39;s easy - even a compact camera with a 10x zoom will be able to achieve this. Just experiment by zooming in as far as you like, stepping well back if neccesary, and using a half-press of the shutter to pick out different focal points in your shot. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/93783325@N00/sets/72157644269343768/" id="Click here for more zoom examples" name="Click here for more zoom examples" target="_blank" title="Click here for more zoom examples">You can click here for some more example pics.</a> <p>Words by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Once you&#039;ve mastered blurry backgrounds, give blurry foregrounds a go!" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Layer-Fool-Focus.jpg?1403144338" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Zooming in video? Here&#039;s a cheat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Zooming in smoothly on a distant object while shooting video can be very difficult but you can cheat. First, zoom into your subject and steady the camera as best you can. Now start recording and zoom back out. You can then reverse the footage with a video editing app such as iMovie. It works best with inanimate objects, because they&#39;ll look the same in reverse.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Today, how a zoom can make more interesting shots </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-how-little-zoom-can-make-big-difference/feature#comments Cameras Photography 101 Tue, 20 May 2014 15:07:04 +0000 Will Dunn 1437466 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff's Guide to Photography: What is bokeh – and how do I get it? http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography-what-bokeh-and-how-do-i-get-it/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Add atmosphere to your photos by becoming a master of beautifully blurred backgrounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh – and how do I get it?" alt="Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography: What is bokeh – and how do I get it?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bokeh-main.jpg?1404780196" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, &ldquo;bokeh&rdquo;: a Japanese word that has no English equivalent, but once explained a very simple concept for any camera-wielder to grasp. How simple? Well, this five-step guide will clue you in on all the blurry basics.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What is bokeh? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Put simply, it&rsquo;s the way in which a camera&rsquo;s lens renders out-of-focus points of light. So those attractively blurry backgrounds (and/or foregrounds) you see in shots with a short depth of field? That&rsquo;s bokeh.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The bokeh in the background gives this shot a dreamier quality" alt="The bokeh in the background gives this shot a dreamier quality" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bruce-extreme-bokeh.jpg?1404780196" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Glossary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Aperture</strong><br />In photography, an aperture is the hole in a lens through which light passes. The width and shape of this hole determines the angle at which rays of light hit the image sensor. Wide apertures &ndash; represented by low F-stop numbers on your camera &ndash; mean faster shutter speeds (they let in more light in a shorter space of time) and, in general, a narrow depth of field. Small apertures mean a wider depth of field and longer shutter speeds.</p> <p><strong>Depth of field</strong><br />The distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that are in focus. A narrow DOF (sometimes called &ldquo;shallow focus&rdquo;) will result in lots of bokeh, while a wide DOF (&ldquo;deep focus&rdquo;) will mean everything in the scene appears sharp and in focus. Various factors determine DOF including: sensor/film size; lens aperture; and distance from the camera to the objects in the scene.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There is both “good” and “bad” bokeh </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Each lens&rsquo; characteristics &ndash; namely lens aberration and the shape of its aperture &ndash; determine the sort of bokeh it creates. Curved aperture blades, for instance, help create bokeh that looks more circular and, to most eyes, more pleasing &ndash; there are even lenses like Sony&rsquo;s STF 135mm F2.8 and Nikon&rsquo;s 105mm DC-Nikkor that are designed specifically to produce beautiful buttery smooth bokeh. Using a lens with fewer or straighter aperture blades can result in bokeh that&rsquo;s more angular and &ldquo;ugly&rdquo;.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerome_munich/4605866317/in/photolist-8uomq5-821gaz-821gAe-824qLy-dZAnHy-7SRPeA-k96ssp-k96svv-k98TqW-k974cH-czb2w3-84gU9-4QJPU5-8DHMaN-3dwnrE-cF9Fb5-6gzkgs-6C5Wwn-6oKVK6-6oKWhV-axDx1g-HL4jE-HsTHn-HsPTU" target="_blank">Jerome Marot</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="&quot;Good&quot; bokeh courtesy of Sony&#039;s STF lens" alt="&quot;Good&quot; bokeh courtesy of Sony&#039;s STF lens" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-stf-bokeh-shot.jpg?1404780196" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The wider the aperture, the more likely you are to get bokeh </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bokeh occurs when portions of the image are in front of or behind the in-focus area, and the easiest way to achieve this narrow depth of field is to use a lens with a wide aperture: F1.8, F2.0, F2.8 etc. Alternatively, you can use a longer, lower aperture lens &ndash; let&rsquo;s say an 18-55mm kit zoom set at 55mm and F5.6 &ndash; and ensure the distance between subject and background is extensive.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="803" title="A wide F1.7 aperture setting is responsible for the bokeh here" alt="A wide F1.7 aperture setting is responsible for the bokeh here" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jenga-bokeh.jpg?1404780196" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Compacts and smartphones can achieve bokeh – but it’s tough </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Because of their tiny apertures, it&rsquo;s difficult to get bokeh in shots taken with point-and-shoot and smartphone cameras. The only way to achieve &ldquo;real&rdquo; bokeh with most is to take a macro (i.e. a shot of something very close to the lens), which will likely result in a blurry background and sharp, in-focus subject.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rabrunzel/13850022255/in/photolist-kxqJsp-fjDi2F-dP37r4-dLSnqX-dNwqbX-dHMwvt-dLX1mJ-dJGSi3-dLjVdG-dKZNGE-dP2k56-dMTnQS-dHSwyf-dLX1ed-dHMfzz-dHSxeq-e4EvL9-n6SZ6a-n6SYR2-dL64wn-dS2gdC-dTTqHm-f8DRTg-dJGRRd-dT61PQ-dVfZMJ-emNwvq-dKPoJd-dPDpTc-dP3cax-dRXrxp-dG5dnv-dStXrz-e8UbJS-e6WJWt-eaSw3L-dT5Z3y-dStUwF-dVg4FW-dRaqc2-dSZnG2-dVaviF-dVg5db-dRXT4V-dVatkg-eaE1j2-e9zj6w-dUxmrD-dUxjB2-dP7UmC" target="_blank">Intensivtäteraggressor</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bokeh in a macro shot taken with a Canon Powershot G15 compact" alt="Bokeh in a macro shot taken with a Canon Powershot G15 compact" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-g15-macro-bokeh.jpg?1404780196" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There are some software tricks, however… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many small cameras can use technical trickery to create fake bokeh. Android 4.4 KitKat&rsquo;s camera, for instance, uses a clever algorithm to simulate bokeh, but requires that everything in the frame remains still for a few seconds. Most of these techniques can&rsquo;t match the effect of real bokeh, but can deliver decent results in a pinch.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="768" height="1024" title="Android KitKat&#039;s camera does a passable job of creating fake bokeh" alt="Android KitKat&#039;s camera does a passable job of creating fake bokeh" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/fake-android-camera-bokeh.jpg?1404780196" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stuff&#039;s Guide to Photography </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Create stunning shots with your phone or a full-fat DSLR </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Cameras Digital compacts Photography 101 Smartphones System Cameras Mon, 19 May 2014 14:29:45 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1437250 at http://www.stuff.tv