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TO FOTOCHIMP SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY

This blog is geared towards complete beginners right through the scale to the more experienced photographer. I will upload new content hopefully on a weekly basis so remember folks to tune back in for some more TIPS, TUTORIALS & INSPIRATION…

In the image attached are some of the topics i cover plus many more ( scroll through links under ARCHIVE ) And feel free to contact me through Comments if you have any questions photography related and i will do my best to answer them a.s.a.p..  or email me at fotochimpix@gmail.com

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BOKEH EFFECT

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Here’s a nice wee trick to create a Bokeh effect background. There are many ways to achieve this effect eg.. Specialised filters,  Cutting out shapes from your lens cap or cardboard to attach to you lens, Cutting up a shoe box to place your flashgun inside (actually, I might try that one sometime lol) What I have done was to use crumpled up tinfoil (xmas fairy lights would be cool also) and taped it to a black background (I used a black binbag taped to a sheet of cardboard) Then for a nice foreground I cut a piece of my leftover floor vinyl to stand the toy on. I placed an office lamp to one side to illuminate the toy so flash wasn’t needed. And then when I was ready I turned my main room lights off. This will also give you an idea of how to create it on a larger scale by maybe adding a Bokeh background to a portrait just by enlarging your set-up or hanging some twinkly fairy lights off a tree in the background..

SET – UP

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As you can see, all that i have used for this demonstration mini studio set-up was stuff i happened to have lying about my house. A black background ( sheet of cardboard covered in a black binbag ) with some crumpled up tinfoil taped to it ( some xmas fairy lights taped on to the black background would be cool aswell ) … A piece of old vinyl flooring ( your table surface or some cool rustic wrapping paper would do ) for the toy to stand on … A toy ( or anything really ) … A bendy arm office lamp ( great for directing the light to where you want it ) … And of course your camera …

SETTINGS & INSTRUCTIONS

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These settings above are intended as a guide line to begin with. Every ones camera, lenses and light sources are different so it would be impossible for me to give exact settings.. 1st of all i wanted to point out that i used a 28mm prime lens which is one of my fav lenses and not that expensive.. It helps you get closer to the subject and achieves a nice low F-Stop (Aperture)

  • Place the main subject ( eg.. A toy ) abit of a distance away from the tinfoil background.
  • Place the office lamp to one side and direct the light until you are happy with the effect.
  • If you are using a zoom lens and have enough room, you can move away from the toy and zoom right in to achieve a nice shallow ( Blurry ) D.O.F ( Depth Of Field ) background.
  • Or if like me,  you are using a prime or wide angle lens then on Manual control you will need to set your Aperture ( F – Stop ) to as low a number as you can go eg.. 2.8 And then correct your exposure by either raising or lowering your shutter speed. Just remember to keep your main subject ( a toy ) in focus.
  • And last but not least, Try different white balance settings to create the mood and exposure you want ( i used Tungsten light )

TIPS – To help gain a beautiful shallow D.O.F (depth of field ) along with using a low Aperture ( F – Stop ) you can put you lens on MF ( Manual Focus ) and turn the lens until your main subject is sharp by using your camera eyepiece or clicking the live view button and digitally zoom in to check focus.

So give this ago folks, and if you would like me to try and cover something specific just drop me a line at fotochimpix@gmail.com and i will do my best of making something magical happen in the digital world..

Tune in again for more simple photographic Tricks, Tips and Info..

HAPPY SNAPPING FOLKS…

 

 

INSPIRATION

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Sometimes all you need to help you dust your camera off and get out to do some shooting is a wee nudge of inspiration. So i hope these ideas that i have gathered up over the years from different sources including photography magazines eg. Practical Photography & Digital Camera, will help you continue on your journey of making beautiful images.

  1. Shoot the shadow of something made of glass.
  2. Walk 1km north of your home and take a picture every 100m.
  3. Talk a self portrait in the style of a well known photographer.
  4. Shoot 6 green objects.
  5. Spend the day shooting things with your camera pointing upwards.
  6. Photograph a plate of food in the style of Ansel Adams.
  7. Photograph something you find in your fridge.
  8. Pick your favourite tune and illustrate it in a image.
  9. Photograph 5 things beginning with the letter T.
  10. Shoot a subject that is only partly in the frame.
  11. Take a great photo in which everything is out of focus.
  12. Open a magazine and recreate the 1st image you come across.
  13. Take a photo of 4 square objects.
  14. Photograph a watch or other gadget in the style of a glossy magazine.
  15. Make something, photograph it, then photograph its destruction.
  16. Shoot a stormy seascape.
  17. Shoot a sunrise.
  18. Take a photo of bad weather.
  19. Shoot from an ants view.
  20. Create unusual portraits.
  21. Use flash during daylight.
  22. Take a photo using the panning technique.
  23. Use natural frames.
  24. Shoot a silhouette.
  25. Shoot an abstract image.
  26. Indoor splash photography eg.. water drops and a fast shutter-speed.
  27. Shadow play by shooting shadows and even try creating more shadows.
  28. Kitchen close-ups of eg.. food or utensils, use lighting to add drama.
  29. Minimalist mono landscapes ( simple clean black & white ).
  30. Starlight landscapes.
  31. Carpark abstracts ( zoom in and shoot areas with unusual line patterns.
  32. Pick a colour and shoot a composition to draw attention to it.
  33. Perspective photography ( optical illusions ).
  34. Shoot A-Z photos by finding objects or shapes that resemble each letter.
  35. Faces in unusual places, eg..find faces in clouds, manholes, trees etc…
  36. Pick a theme eg.. landscape, street or macro and stick to it.
  37. Choose a subject and shoot eg.. doors, windows, clouds etc…
  38. Photograph your day capturing your routine and unique moments.
  39. 365 day challenge by taking a photo everyday of whatever interests you.
  40. Take images of 100 strangers ( don’t forget to explain and ask permission 1st )
  41. Shoot in a urban space eg.. abandoned house, place ( just be careful of safety )
  42. Choose a film or song and recreate it in one photo.
  43. Photograph your car in a glossy magazine way.
  44. Shoot a letter montage of a word you want to recreate using food, bikes, signs etc..
  45. Take close-up photos of textures in food, grass, bricks clothes etc…
  46. Capture images to convey emotions eg.. happy, sad, envy etc…
  47. Shoot reflections.
  48. Take photos of “a day in the life” of your pet.
  49. Geometry photography, find patterns in food, shapes, seashells, architecture etc..
  50. Take an image of a family member or friend everyday for a whole year.

 

Tune back in folks as more will follow when i get a few spare moments from running after my toddler who is going through a complete hyper phase lol 🙂

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WHITE ROCKS ANTRIM COAST NORTHERN IRELAND BY Patsy Ma Reavy

In this section “IRISH HOTSPOTS”  FotoChimp will showcase beautiful images of our Emerald Isle captured by the hobby photographer right through to the professional. The aim is to build up a database of scenic areas of beauty that may be of interest to photographers for photo locations.

All images posted have full permission from the photographers who retain complete ©

Image capture by Patsy Ma Reavy from   LivingMyDreamPhotographyLink

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If you would like to showcase your image of a hidden gem captured in Ireland, please do not hesitate in contacting me via email  –  fotochimpix@gmail.com

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SILENT VALLEY CO. DOWN NORTHERN IRELAND BY Tom Horan

In this section “IRISH HOTSPOTS”  FotoChimp will showcase beautiful images of our Emerald Isle captured by the hobby photographer right through to the professional. The aim is to build up a database of scenic areas of beauty that may be of interest to photographers for photo locations.

All images posted have full permission from the photographers who retain complete ©

Silent Valley captured by Tom Horan from  IrishPhotographersFBpageLink

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If you would like to showcase your image of a hidden gem captured in ireland, please do not hesitate in contacting me via email  –  fotochimpix@gmail.com

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MUSSENDEN TEMPLE NORTHERN IRELAND BY PJ Mc Farland

In this section “IRISH HOTSPOTS”  FotoChimp will showcase beautiful images of our Emerald Isle captured by the hobby photographer right through to the professional. The aim is to build up a database of scenic areas of beauty that may be of interest to photographers for photo locations.

All images posted have full permission from the photographers who retain complete ©

Mussenden Temple captured by PJ Mc Farland from  PicturskewPhotographyWebPageLink

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If you would like to showcase your image of a hidden gem captured in ireland, please do not hesitate in contacting me via email  –  fotochimpix@gmail.com

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TRAMORE PIER CO. WATERFORD IRELAND BY Daniel O Neill

In this section “IRISH HOTSPOTS”  FotoChimp will showcase beautiful images of our Emerald Isle captured by the hobby photographer right through to the professional. The aim is to build up a database of scenic areas of beauty that may be of interest to photographers for photo locations.

All images posted have full permission from the photographers who retain complete ©

Tramore Pier captured by photographer Daniel O Neill from  IrishPhotographersFBpageLink

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If you would like to showcase your image of a hidden gem captured in ireland, please do not hesitate in contacting me via email  –  fotochimpix@gmail.com

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BOAT – CRICHT ISLAND DONEGAL IRELAND by Sharon Williams

In this section “IRISH HOTSPOTS”  FotoChimp will showcase beautiful images of our Emerald Isle captured by the hobby photographer right through to the professional. The aim is to build up a database of scenic areas of beauty that may be of interest to photographers for photo locations.

All images posted have full permission from the photographers who retain complete ©

A beautiful image by Sharon Williams from  IrishPhotographersFBpageLink

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If you would like to showcase your image of a hidden gem captured in ireland, please do not hesitate in contacting me via email  –  fotochimpix@gmail.com

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BOOK REVIEW : WildLife Photographer Of The Year .. “UNFORGETTABLE BEHAVIOUR”

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The front cover photo above is an image of a Japanese Macaque in a hotspring examining an iPhone grabbed from a tourist photographed by Marsel van Oosten.

For the wildlife photographers out there, this book will be right up your street..

As you flick through the pages your eyes will be treated with an array of the most amazing photographs of wildlife captured in a moment in time displaying their lifestyle, behavior and personalities.. Compiled by more than 50 award winning photographers worldwide that have been recognized in past years by the “Wildlife photographer of the year competition”. Each page reveals such compelling images all paired with a short narrative documenting the photographers experience on making the image plus a description of the wildlife portrayed. Below i have a added a couple of excerpt’s for your enjoyment but nothing beats the real thing of owning your own copy 🙂 so why don’t you head on over to amazon by clicking the link below and purchase your very own feast for your eyes.

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“The Wildlife Photographer Of The Year”competition takes place annually and is open to all photographers.. To find out more about the competition and touring exhibition you can click on link below.

www.wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com

 

FISH-TANK FRUIT

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This shot was a lot of fun to do indoors since our lovely Donegal weather is acting up as usual lol. Like all my mini studio set ups, i just use what i have lying about my house 🙂 and no need to worry if you don’t have a fishtank because you can always get a lend of one.. I got a lend of one from my local pet shop that had spares in their store room for emergencies.. See below for SET-UP & CAMERA SETTINGS info..

SET – UP

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This is all you need to achieve the top photograph.. A Fishtank half filled with warm water (not cold as that would result in condensation on glass) … A Black binbag taped to the back of the fishtank to give a nice dark background (any type of black background would do eg..black bed sheet or black paper) … A Table lamp that has a bendy neck to help you aim the light source in the right direction … A Beanbag to keep your camera steady (i made one out of bags of rice thrown into a pillow case) … Fruit – Lemons like i used or anything really that has a nice bright colour .. And of course a Camera!

SETTINGS & INSTRUCTIONS

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These settings above are intended as a guide line to begin with. Every ones camera, lenses and light sources are different so it would be impossible for me to give exact settings.. 1st of all i wanted to point out that i used a 28mm prime lens which is one of my fav lenses and not that expensive.. It helps you get closer to the subject and achieves a nice low F-Stop (Aperture)

  • Half fill the fishtank with warm water ( cold water causes condensation on glass)
  • Place your light source eg, table lamp, torch or flash to the side of the fishtank and aim into the water (move closer or back off until you get your desired effect.
  • Dial in your settings in manual control as indicated above.
  • Place your camera on a beanbag to keep it steady (or you can use a tripod).
  • Put your lens on MF (manual focus) and ask your helper to hold the fruit in the water right up against the glass so that you can manually focus on the fruit until it is sharp!
  • Turn off your room main light and ask your helper to drop the fruit in to the water directly beside the glass as to keep your camera focused and help reduce reflections from the glass itself. And fire off as many shots as required to get your desired photo.

TIPS – Normally i try to keep my ISO as low as possible but in close up photography you can boost your ISO right up to help with exposure. Set your Shutter Speed first to anything above 200 (i used 320) to capture details in the splash and the fruit as it falls into the water (fast shutter speeds also darkens a photo), to fix your exposure you should then lower your F-Stop, APERTURE to the lowest number you can get (which adds light to your photo) and then last thing is to raise your ISO up if you need your photo to be brighter.

So give this ago folks, and if you would like me to try and cover something specific just drop me a line at fotochimpix@gmail.com and i will do my best of making something magical happen in the digital world..

Tune in again for more simple photographic Tricks, Tips and Info..

HAPPY SNAPPING FOLKS…