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2018 Schedule - June Topics 16 Dec 2017 08:03 #4351

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Sports Close Up
An image about a sports activity that captures the action up close giving an impression of speed and movement.
Firstly, check the sporting club rules around taking photos at sporting events, use of flash etc.,
Use a long glass, telephoto for on the field images or other lenses for off the court or sideline images.
Consider the use of high ISO.
Don’t “chimp”. That is check your LCD screen after every shot. It can be dangerous because your attention is not on the action and you can miss the crucial shot.
Use high shutter speeds to freeze action or slow shutter speeds to emphasise action/movement.
Avoid flash.
Doors
An image about a door or doors that presents a rich symbolism about the environment it is in.
Capturing an image of a door or a window might seem like an easy task. What can be so difficult about it, they are flat, so nothing to worry about ‘Depth of Field’. They do not move, so nothing to worry about ‘Shutter Speed’. But wait, doors and windows too have their challenges.
Most of the times doors and windows try to avoid the sun, they are patiently waiting under awnings, doorways, trees… oh, shadows. Sun might be hitting them, so there is reflection, that you might not like or that you might want to take advantage of. Doors and windows in the shade tend to have a cool, low, blue tone light, so sometimes the use of warming filters come into place. When you find a door or a window that you want to capture.
First thing is to remember your first impression, think about it and review it. What was it that caught your attention? The color of the door or window, the overall scene, the wall surrounding it, to door or window itself, the doorknob, the texture, or the window drapes. Whatever it was, make sure you capture that detail, without it the image might lose its magic.
Another important point to focus on is to move in close enough to remove all distractions and isolate your main focal point, the one that caught your attention. Watch the lightings and keep the back of your camera parallel to the door or window to keep everything sharp and in focus, maximizing the depth of field as well.
Out of Focus
An image in which a significant part of your image, or all of your image, out of focus. This may encourage you to rely more heavily than usual on other elements of photography such as composition and colour. You may take your image or subject a little out of focus or a lot, but you are looking to manipulate focus as opposed to blurring your image.
What is Selective Focus?
Selective focus is a rather self-explanatory term: You focus on the specific part of a subject you want to highlight or emphasize, and you “ignore” the rest, letting it fall into the blur of the background (or the foreground — you can be as creative as you like with selective focus). Selective focus is often used for subject studies, to draw attention to a subject or part of a subject and evoke a meditative or contemplative mood when viewing the subject in context of its blurred but recognizable surroundings.
In selective focus photography, the in-focus parts and out of focus parts are equally important, but nothing about the technique is particularly difficult. Here are some tips that will guide you on your path to successfully implementing selective focus into your photography repertoire.
Use a Large Aperture – Given that selective focus is about zoning in on a specific part of a scene and throwing the rest out of focus, you’ll want to use a large aperture — at least f/2.8. Be sure to check your focus, as accurate focussing becomes a bit more difficult when working with shallow depth of field.
Identify Useful Out of Focus Areas – The out of focus areas of your photo should be recognizable, not just blurry blobs in the frame. If you’re shooting an insect, for example, it might be a good idea to include some surrounding leaves as the defocused elements of the shot. Just make sure that they are still recognizable as leaves and don’t appear random green spots.
Assess the Angle – This will get easier over time, but you will find that getting just the right angle will be incredibly effective in adding punch to your selective focus images. The goal is to take an angle that causes the surrounding defocused elements to be farther away from the main subject. This further enhances the selective focus effect.
Choose a Longer Focal Length – Use your longest lens or a zoom lens extended to the far end of its range. Longer focal lengths create a compression effect that throws the background out of focus.
Keep Composition in Mind – Put the in-focus subject in such a place that allows the viewer’s eye to wander off and still be able to enjoy the rest of the image.
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