Photography professional Simon Tupper’s Top Tips! #8


Looking for ways to improve your photography and take your skill to the next level? We asked resident Frui tutor, Simon Tupper, for his top photography tips…

1. Aperture Stars

As well as controlling depth of field and the amount of light coming into your camera, the aperture can change how points of light (like the sun or streetlights) look in your picture. With a small aperture (big f- number!), point light sources will have a star effect around them caused by diffraction from the aperture blades. With the aperture wide open (smallest f-number), light sources are usually surrounded by an even haze. Out-of-focus lights in the background become attractive little circles. This is called ‘bokeh’ and photographers get very excited about it. Not many are entirely sure how it’s pronounced though.

2. Be selective

Be ruthless when selecting photos to show, wherever you’re showing them. It’s always better to have a smaller series of really strong photos than to dilute a set with a few that don’t quite cut it. Great photographers might start with 100 possible strong candidates when making a series of 5- 10.

3. Go the extra step

Be confident in your vision for your photo and don’t be afraid to do what you need to do to get the shot as you want it- move a bit closer, ask your subject to change their pose (or clothes!), lie on the floor, climb on a bin. Whatever you need to do. Having the idea for the shot was the hard bit. If it’s a good one, it’s worth putting in that little bit of extra effort to do it justice.

Some of Simon’s own pictures…

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1 Comment »

  1. More excellent tips Simon. Never heard of bokeh before but like the description.

    Comment by Sharon — April 9, 2015 @ 4:22 pm

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