practical

Make a bokeh filter

  • April 6, 2016

I have been wanting to try shaped bokeh for a while. The new year was a good reason to actually do it for my greeting card. I will show you here how I proceeded. First of all, what is bokeh? It's the blur in the background of a photograph. You get it by focusing on a foreground with a wide depth of field. Sometimes, when there is a source of light in the background, the lense diaphragm gives colourful spots. It's the shaped of these spots that you can change thanks to a filter in front of the lens. For this, you will need: a cutting mat thick black paper a pencil an eraser scissors an...

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A banner for Aurel’s blog

  • January 15, 2016
A banner for Aurel’s blog

A friend just launched her blog, which gives original ideas to live happier. If you can read French, you should have a look: Les curiosités d'Aurel. She asked me if I could lend her a photo to help her start and chose this one: The size was not optimum for her site's banner but problem, I had not enough material to just crop. Not exactly great, huh? Luckily, the background was rather plain so I opted for a clipping in Photoshop. Here are the steps. Aurel asked for an image at the size 1280 x 444. I created a work space twice that size to work more comfortably: I...

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Through the stone

  • October 22, 2015
Through the stone

Rares are the photos I'm pretty satisfied with. This is one of them, and it seems I'm not the only one as it was noticed at a contest (post here).  However, some have had to give a close look to determine if the reflection was natural or created in post-production. The truth is I would never have thought about creating a reflection! This photo is the result of observation and a cooperative cat who let me time to make several trials. Here is the raw full set: Ooh, reflection! Let's try another framing. Quick, I have to move so it looks better! No other chance, cat decided...

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How to go on holidays as a photographer

  • November 29, 2013
How to go on holidays as a photographer

A long exposure view of Manhattan: thanks to my gorillapod and shutter release   The problem as a photographer is that you can’t stop shooting, there’s always something that catches your eye. So, how can you travel without attempting to immortalise your destination, whilst still enjoying your holidays? It’s tricky gauging between returning home happy with the photos you’ve taken and not annoying your travel buddy! Up until this point, I only brought a DSLR, a lense, and a compact digital camera for when it’s complicated to have a large bag e.g. in museums. The result: perfect...

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What if I raised the game?

  • September 3, 2013

When you’ve photographed for years, gotten better technically, started to know what kind of photos you enjoy taking and done some exhibitions/publications, you can feel like going further. Looking at my old-ugly-not-updated-for-ages-made-with-what-is-at-hand-website, I decided to rework it all! One of the advantages of photography is that you meet people with different knowledge and skill sets with whom you can trade (You need photos for your band and you’re a webmaster? I can take photos and I need a website!). That’s how Fred, who made this site, helped me go through this. Bye bye old site...

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