Photo Technique

Deep Thoughts
on Depth of Field

Ah, depth of field. As photo history geeks, we feel certain in our knowledge that every photographer everywhere has asked the pivotal question: “Hold up, what the deuce is depth of field and why is it important?” Yes, the age-old question.

What is it?

Simply put, depth of field (DoF) is the area of your photograph that is sharp and clear.

While your camera can only focus in on a single point, in your final image the area just in front and behind of that single point will sometimes appear to be in focus as well. How much of your photo is in focus is the DoF of that image.

What is it good for?

A narrow DoF eliminates distractions from your subject and typically used in portrait, wildlife and sports photography. While a wide/deep DoF ensures clarity through the entire image, usually best for landscape, cityscapes and big ol’ group shots.

How can I control DoF?

Depth of field is controlled through focus and aperture settings (the f-stops.) So, if your camera has manual controls, making the aperture number smaller (moving toward toward f/1.4) gives you shallower DoF, and raising it up (toward f/22) will give you a deep DoF and make everything in your photo tack sharp.

Tell me more!

Check out this extremely detailed lesson from Digital Photography School for everything you ever wanted to know about DoF and how to use it to best capture your subjects.

Then, if you’re already picking up what we’re putting down, take your DoF play further by faking extremely shallow DoF (no expensive lenses required.)

So how deep does the rabbit hole go? Depends on your DoF!

DoF: Make it and Fake it
 

Photo by Bruce Wunderlich

Straight Lines and Symmetry

The majority of our mobile devices are packing a wide angle lens. This is awesome for taking in the scenery, but not so awesome if curved walls drive you up the … ah … wall.

Skrwt is an app that is dead set on helping you achieve symmetry in lines. Fire up the app, take a photo or import one and get to straightening.

Lens corrections for iPhones, wide angle lenses, fisheye lenses and even GoPros (it’s under “action”) are pre-loaded for a quick-fix. Or take full manual control over all distortions, crops and vignetting. The app features non-destructive editing, so your original snaps stay intact.

You can watch a tutorial or download here. And don’t miss their Instagram page for a straight-up symmetry feast.

Check Out Skrwt and Get to Straightening
 

Photo by @gerritpiechowski

With Spring Showers Comes Lightning Photos

Storm season is upon us which means it’s the perfect time to try for some shocking shots.

Lightning photos are hard to perfect but super fun to attempt. Here’s a few tips for getting started.

First and most importantly: Stay safe. Distance is your best friend – use a telephoto lens when possible. Keep your gear dry by setting up under a covered patio or deck.

Second: Long exposures mean you need a tripod, or duct tape and a rock, whatever it takes to get that stability!

Third of all: Every storm is different, so your settings will vary slightly each time. Try these to start with and play around from there –

  • ISO 100
  • f/7 aperture
  • 30 second exposure

For a more in depth tutorial, check out Richard Gottardo’s excellent write-up here covering everything from storm searching to stacking images in post.

And you thought puddle jumping was the best part of a storm…

Richard’s Guide to Photoing Lightning
 

Photo by Richard Gottardo

Meet our First Ever App!
Disposable Camera

We made an app and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. Meet Disposable Camera!

We brought back everything good about Dispo Cams and none of the bad stuff.

Get back (or feel for the first time) the feeling of 27 potential prints burning a hole in your pocket.

Shoot a through a whole camera and get 27 prints back just like the good ol’ days.

Learn More About Disposable Camera

Or, Download It NOW

Fun Poses for
Portraits of Your Pals

Is your Instagram full of photos of your very best pals?

Ours too! We’ve found patient pals make the best models. But what if you wanna get rid of the “stand stick-straight with an adorable (but played out) grin” stance?

Answer: check out our list of poses for pals and try one or all of them! Your photos of friends will go from “meh” to “marvelous!” in just a few simple motions.

Poses for Your BFFs’ Portraits 

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Photo History and How to Repeat It

Know your history, or you’re doomed to repeat it?

Nah, we’ve learned our photo history and we’re happy to repeat it.

Check out our timeline of photo trends, pick up some tips on how to recreate historic looks on your phone. Try your hand at 1930s colorization or go back to that 70s film grainy goodness.

Learn your history, and repeat away!

Learn From the Last 100 Years of Photography
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A Celebration of Droneography

We’ve had photo drones in the Photojojo Shop for over a year!

We’ve taken some great flights, shot our fair share of dronies, wrote the book on Drone flying (free with every Drone in the Photojojo Shop) and today we’re launching our first Photojojo designed drone accessory!

What a year.

Click on through to see photos and videos taken by Photojojo customers (and their drone), check out a world map that lets you get a drone’s-eye-view of hundreds of cities and natural wonders alike.

Then, watch our training vids to see if you’ve got what it takes to become a pilotographer.

See Just What Photo Drones Can Get Up To
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Stuck Inside?
Indoor Photo Ideas
Save the Day

Non-stop snow have you stranded indoors? Or maybe the flu has you quarantined?

Either way, keep hold of your camera ’cause there’s tons of cool stuff to photograph right there under your own roof!

If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got ideas to help you get the ball rolling, from shadows on the wall to everything macro. Together we’ll prove that there’s no need to go far for a great shot. It’s right around the corner. Literally!

4 Ideas For Stuck-At-Home Photos

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Snag Yourself a
Photo Job!

Want to take photos? (Yes!) Want to make money? (Yes!) Want to do both at once? (Double yes!)

Photo jobs aren’t as rare as one may think. Whether you’re looking for a full-time gig or simply want to make a little extra cash, you just gotta know where to look and how to market yourself.

So we’ve got tips to help you find work while simultaneously making it easier for employers and customers to find you.

Get ready to call yourself a working photographer! Cha-ching!

Photo Jobs Are Calling You!

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Keep Your Night Light Looking Natural

Just ’cause the sun disappears after a certain time of day doesn’t mean your camera has to!

If you prefer using natural light in your photos, then shooting after dark (both indoors and out) can feel a little intimidating.

That’s why we’re here with four solutions for tricky nighttime lighting! You’ll make friends with flash, tripods, and everything else you need so your photo-taking can continue late into the night.

Say goodbye to camera curfews. Night owls, rejoice!

4 Tips For Taking Photos After Dark

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