Photography Tips

Continuing on from yesterday's post about aperture/f-stops, the photograph below is of a lake with four docks and the shoreline at the back. Unlike yesterday's photograph where only the water drips were in focus, for this shot I wanted everything in focus to create a graphic feel and flatness. It has more of a stacked look with an f-stop of f/16 than it would have had if I opened up to an f/9 or lower. And the crisp reflections in the water from front dock to the shoreline also influence the image looking flat.

The confusing part of f-stops is when the aperture is closed down it is the higher number (making everything in focus), while the lower numbers mean you are opening up (making only the object you focus on to be sharp). One would initially think that stopping down (f/16) would be the lower number and opening up (f/1.4) would be the higher number.

Just remember when you want everything in focus, change the f-stop to the higher numbers and when you only want one part of the image in focus, change the f-stop to a lower number.

And don't forget that when you change your f-stop you will have to adjust the shutter speed and/or the ISO number (aka film speed). All three of these settings are dependent on each other. 


Today is the 311th day of 2015. And every one of those days has a blog post from me. I am continuing to post on the remaining 54 days. Then on January 1, 2016 I am going to make the challenge even harder (for me). I'm really quacked. I wonder if I should write the idea down in case I forget. It has to do with photographs. That should be enough of a hint for me.

In the meantime, I am soldiering on with just managing to throw something up here every day. Today it is ducks.


I think these two are pretty ducky...dudes enjoying their morning float.

Have a great weekend.

Reflection - Photography Tip #6

I love shooting things that reflect. This post is a sampling of architectural reflection. I find it interesting because it creates visual trickery. Especially on the first photograph, it's very difficult to figure out which buildings are reflected and which ones are not. I'm also drawn to images that warp the reflection and abstracts.


There are reflections everywhere. Take your camera out and look for reflections. They can be found in buildings, water, mirrors, cars and many other things. Look for interesting images inside the reflection, such as buildings, trees, animals, sky, streets, people, yourself. Even you.

To give you a sample other than a building, this is a reflection of me shooting my reflection against a wall, with a bonus reflection of my shadow in the river water. This reflection was made possible by the sun.

Grab your camera and reflect.