Photo of a Guitar shows depth of field

Depth of field is an old term. It can be described as being the range of distances in an image where the image comes into focus to the distance where the image goes out of focus. There are three criteria for depth of field: Lens focal length, Aperture / Lens Opening, and the distance between the camera and subject. We will examine them individually, but keep in mind that their effects are cumulative.

Regardless of how many lenses you have, pick one, and then pick a focal length on the lens. If the lens is a prime, like a 50mm, this is easy. If it’s a zoom, pick a focal length somewhere in the zoom range and, using a piece of tape, prevent the zoom ring from moving. You now have a single focal length. The challenge is to find ways to construct your composition, your subject placement and your framing.

Teleconverters

Spring is a great time of year to start thinking about teleconverters. Useful for bird, wildlife & sports photography, teleconverters are viable alternatives to spending thousands of dollars on a long lens. A teleconverter, paired with a decent zoom lens of reasonable speed, is a fine choice. This article dispels common myths about teleconverters, and explains just how useful they can be.

Immature Female Bald Eagle

Winter and early spring are ideal times to get out an take part in a very challenging, but very rewarding activity: Bird photography. Bird Photography Locations There are many places that become great sites for birds. In the wintertime, head out into the country where there are large tracts of farmland with some fence posts. Be patient and you will very likely see Snowy Owls. They have great faces and are challenging to photograph. Try to get them in flight, particularly in a turn, what professionals call a “gesture”, rather […]

Video Tripod - Yoke

While much of what we see on YouTube is shot handheld, except for “shaky-cam” effects in movies and TV, most video shots are done from a tripod.  A good video tripod has some very specific functionality that is not found in tripods for still work.  And, like a great stills tripod, a great video tripod will last for years and years. When choosing a video tripod, here are some things to consider: The Head The biggest demand of a good video tripod kit is a great head designed for video.  Video […]

Macro Photography - Flower

The most common question asked about gear is “what lens should I get next?”  My answer is consistently, “what can your existing lens or lenses not do?”  Answers vary.  People want many things and are very reasonably cautious about investments. A caveat:  I am a supporter of spending your hard-earned money on glass over camera bodies.  Good lenses stand the test of time, camera bodies get revised regularly and while there are the occasional updates that are major leaps, the realities are that today’s cameras are all pretty darn awesome […]

Flower photography with one continuous light source and a white background

Spring is coming and as I write this it, it’s 17 degrees outside and it feels like spring is here. When the weather changes, the flowers start to bloom and photographers become inspired to make images of the beautiful colours and shapes that announce an end to winter. Sadly, many photos of flowers are lacking something. Flowers are challenging to shoot well, because they are naturally beautiful and to make the image special, we need to do more. Managing the light, and the angle are methods to make better flower […]

On Vacation with an Olympus Tracker Digital Camera

A good way to annoy your family on a family vacation is take along a lot of photo gear.  If everyone in the family is not a photographer, you’re going to be “unpopular”. Vacations mean carrying a lot of stuff around with you to begin with, and going to places that may be a bit camera hostile – beaches, oceans, lakes, mountains, hiking trails, boats, amusement parks, etc. You get the picture. If you and your family are headed off on vacation and it’s not a photo excursion, you still want flexibility and good […]