The Three Rules Of Creating Great Bokeh

Bokeh, as you must know by now if you are a regular reader is a Japanese word that means blur. In photography the quality of Bokeh usually means how creamy is the out of focus area in the photograph.

The Three Rules Of Creating Great Bokeh

Sometimes tough, Bokeh refers to the highlighted circles that we see in nightscape photos. Those out of focus street lights and car lights that turn into beautiful blurry discs.

The folks at The Slanted Lens did a great Bokeh oriented shoot in Times square. But… before that they did their almost scientific analysis run down on what creates a good highlight Bokeh from specular lights, comparing different focal lengths, and camera-to-subject-to-background variations. [Read more...]

How To Make A Chill Box For Controlling Smoke

How To Make A Chill Box For Controlling Smoke

If you ever incorporate smoke in your photography, you know it is pretty hard to control. You can use a bit of dry ice for small dosage of smoke, or use flour if you are willing to pick up the cleaning tab, but large shoots require something different.

The folks over the slanted lens have a video where they show how to make a chill box, which is essentially a device that cools the smoke down so it heavier and sticks to the ground. (Interestingly, this mechanism is very similar to the one found in beer taps at your local pub). [Read more...]