Monthly Archives: July 2017

What Images You Make Into Prints

I know that for some photographers that actually being out taking photos – the thrill of the hunt if you will – is what gets them out of bed in the morning.

For other photographers I know, it seems like they’re more excited about testing out new gear.

For me, though, the best part of photography is seeing my images turned into prints so I can enjoy them (and other people can enjoy them) when they come to my home.

In the digital age, getting images printed is easier than ever. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take care when selecting what images you turn into prints.

If you’re like me, you take a ton of photos. And all those photos end up on thumb drives, hard drives, cloud accounts, and so forth.

That means that when you want to find a photo to print, you’ve got hundreds, perhaps thousands of images to sift through first.

To make it easier on yourself, each time you dump images off your memory card, put the best ones into a separate folder titled “For Printing” or something of the sort.

Now, the point here isn’t to put every single photo that you like into the folder. Otherwise, you’ll just end up having the same problem of sifting through a million images.

Instead, be super selective, and try to keep the folder limited to a few dozen images. Then, once you have one printed, delete it from the folder (as long as you have it saved elsewhere first!).

The less time you spend searching through your archives of images, the more time you’ll have to enjoy the ones you get printed.

Maximize the Efficiency of a Photo Shoot 1.9K

Whether you enjoy taking portraits, photos of landscapes, macro photography, or something in between, something that you likely don’t have is a ton of extra time.

That means that when you head out for a photo shoot that you need to maximize your available time so you can get the shots you want quickly and efficiently.

There is, however, a delicate balance between being efficient and hurrying too fast. After all, you don’t want to rush through the process and end up with bad photos.

With that in mind, here are a few tips you can use to be more efficient with your time while still taking the time you need to get the best quality images.


This might seem like a no-brainer, but even professional photographers will sometimes grab their camera and start taking photos without having much of a plan.

Though there is certainly something to be said for spontaneity, more often than not, it will just get you off track and you’ll end up coming home with a bunch of photos that aren’t all that great.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you need to plan every single detail of the entire photo shoot.

But what it does mean is that you need to make preparations that will help you use your time more wisely.

That might be something as simple as sitting down and developing a shot list.

It might also involve scouting locations, determining the best time of day for the best natural lighting, and being aware of certain obstacles (i.e., the hours of operation for the venue you’d like to use as a shoot location) that can throw your time off track.

Another example of planning ahead is that when you work with models for portrait photography, meet with them ahead of time.

This is obviously a necessity if you’re a professional or an aspiring professional photographer because you’ll need to have model release forms signed.

But even if you’re just taking portraits of your friends or family, sit down for a few minutes and talk about the kinds of photos they want and what your shared vision is for the photos you take.

The more you’re on the same page with your portrait model, the easier the process will be once you have them in front of your lens.

How to Create Stunning BOKEH Effects

If you clicked on this article, I’m assuming that you already know what bokeh is, but if not, here’s a quick explanation:

Bokeh is the out of focus area of a photo. Simple, right?

There are many facets to bokeh, however.

On the one hand, there is such a thing as good and bad bokeh.

On the other hand, several factors influence how bokeh looks, including the aperture and the focal length of the lens and the distance between you and your subject.

What’s more, bokeh can be used as a creative tool to add dimension to your shots while also helping you mask unwanted features in the background.

See how bokeh is much more than the blurry part of the photo?

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create incredible bokeh effects that will enhance the portraits you take.

Editor’s Tip: You can create bokeh with any lens, but for the best quality bokeh, consider a prime lens – something like a 50mm or 85mm – with a large aperture like f/1.2 or f/1.4. Either of these lenses are ideal for portraits anyway, and with beautiful bokeh, the portraits you take will be that much more impressive. You can find great deals on pre-owned lenses at

Getting the right lens is the first step in creating gorgeous bokeh in your portraits.

When shopping for a lens, there are a couple of things you need to bear in mind, both of which I outline in detail below.

One of the primary factors that influence bokeh is the depth of field. And one of the principal factors that determine the depth of field is the aperture that’s used.

The larger the aperture, the shallower the depth of field. So, when shooting at f/2, you have a shallower depth of field than if you shoot from the very same spot using an aperture of f/22.

That makes lenses with wide maximum apertures advantageous for creating bokeh-filled backgrounds.

An f/1.2 lens would create the shallowest depth of field, and therefore the best bokeh, as seen in the image above. However, those lenses can be pricey.

For something that’s a little easier on the pocketbook, try finding a lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4, f/1.8, or f/2.

Accessories You Need for Your New Camera

I’ll be the first to say that today’s cameras have a ton of bells and whistles that make them more powerful, more convenient, and easier to learn to use than ever before.

But despite all that, cameras still aren’t stand-alone devices. There are plenty of things that they can’t do on their own, which is why you need to think about the essential accessories you need for your new camera.

Some of these accessories help you take better photos. Other simply make it easier to carry your gear.

But the common thread between them is that they are essential to your growth as a photographer.

For starters, you’ll need something to carry your camera, lenses, and other gear in a way that protects your gear and allows you to carry it comfortably as well.

The Vanguard Adapter 41 Camera Backpack certainly fits the bill…

The great thing about this bag is that it’s incredibly versatile to meet changing needs.

For example, it has quick-access zippered gear openings on both sides of the bag so you can reach your gear easily.

It also has a customizable interior space so you can adjust it to carry different sizes of cameras, lenses, and so forth.

The Adapter 41 can be converted to a sling bag as well – just reposition one of its shoulder straps and stow the other one in the handy back sleeve.

It’s also airline carry-on compatible, so if you’ve got a photography adventure in the works, this bag can get your gear there safe and sound.

This bag will accommodate one DSLR body, one lens, small camera accessories like batteries, memory cards, and shutter remotes, and also has a tripod holder.

In other words, you can carry all your essential camera gear in this one bag and do it knowing that all the thick padding inside is protecting your new gear.