Author Archive | Bob The Camera Man

Use That Aperture!

When taking portraits/pictures of people, try to do it with the largest possible aperture setting that your camera will allow. Some cameras have a manual mode or aperture priority mode or other type mode where it will allow you to specify the aperture setting. Set the aperture to the smallest possible number value. It may be “2.8”; it may be “2.0”; it may be “4.0”. Whatever it is, give it a try when you take your next shot. It will yield two possible advantages: (1) the portrait may look more pleasing to the eye because of the shallower depth of field. In this type of portrait, the subject will tend to stand out from the background more because the background will be more out of focus. (2) the other goodie that you may get out of it will be faster shutter speeds (in aperture priority mode). When the aperture is wide open, it lets in more light, so the camera will compensate buy speeding up the shutter. This will help to make sure that your subject isn’t blurry due to motion blur.

– Bob

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Anyone Got a Mirror?

Hi dear Photography Tips for Everyday People blog followers! This is my first posting. Good to be on the blogesphere (sp.?)

When taking pictures with your pocket camera, try using a very small mirror to bounce the light from the flash on the camera off of the ceiling or other surface. Just hold the mirror right in front of the flash at an angle so that the light from the flash bounces off of another surface to illuminate your subject. This will yield some interesting results at the very least, and most times yield better results than if you were to just shoot the normal way, where the flash hits the subject directly.

You can get small mirrors from hobby stores, or you can grab one from a purse, where it might be a part of a small make-up accessory such as a blush container or such.

Note: this could also work with a small white card, such as the back of a business card.

– Bob

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