Bokeh

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: August 4th, 2011

Photos via Photojojo.

As a photography enthusiast with aims to take my skills to the next level, learning new tips and tricks from friends, on youtube, discussion forums and of course on blogs.  Night photography is especially challenging for me, fiddling with desired and accurate settings are always painstakingly challenging as an amateur.  Not exactly an idealistic skill for me.

Recently I stumbled upon a website, Photojojo a photography online store selling quirky photo gifts and gears for (all levels) photographers.  One of their products have caught my attention, the Bokeh Kit!  Bokeh (blurred in Japanese) is that beautiful out of focus that appears when your lens is set to a shallow depth of field (i.e 50mm lense with f/1.4).  The Bokeh Kit provides a disc of any shape slip over the lens, it turns those out of focus lights into interesting given sparkling shape.

Photos via Photojojo.

I have prepared mine using an old card ripped from an old look book, cut out a lens size disc and a tiny a shape of a butterfly in the middle what looked like a bow or a moth.  See result tomorrow.  Satisfied.

 

Kit Lee, Style Slicker

 

 
 

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 Lomography

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: May 18th, 2011

Over the coupld of years Lomography has steadily becoming a huge trend amongst photography lovers in the UK. Photographers of all levels are turning their backs on digital device to find something more fun, unique and different by using various type of analogue cameras – deadstocks from the Russian Soviet, toys, vintage and antiques.

Brighton – shot with Lubitel Universal

Brighton – shot Smena 8m (former Russian spy camera)

Hong Kong – Shot with a Diana camera (a replica toy from the 1960s original camera)

What is Lomography? It happened in the early 1990s when two Austrian students in Vienna discovered the Lomo Kompakt Automat, a small deadstock and enigmatic Russian camera. After their experimental shots they were impressed with the outcome, mind blowing photos with vibrant colours with deep satuation and vignettes that framed the shot like never seen before. This was the start of their movement.

Today there are hundreds of thousands of Lomographers and Lomography Gallery Stores across the world, selling from LC+A, Diana, Lubitels, camera accessories, books to film rolls. I, too myself an avid Lomographer since 2006 having discovered it by accident whilst researching film photography on the internet, I think I own about 7 analogue toys, it’s an addiction.

There are 10 golden rules by following their famed ‘Don’t Think, Just Shoot‘ motto:

1. Take your camera everywhere you go.

2. Use it any time – day and night.

3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.

4. Try the shot from the hip.

5. Approach the objects of your Lomographic desire as close as possible.

6. Don’t think.

7. Be fast.

8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you have captured on film.

9. Afterwards either.

10. Don’t worry about any rules.

There are two gallery stores in London, be sure to check out their social events, product launches, classes and parties.

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 My favourite blogs

by United Blogs of Benetton on: June 26th, 2010

Okay, okay, I admit it: I LOVE BLOGS, a lot. There, I’ve said it.
Hours can disappear because I get sucked into the vortex that is the blogsphere – one blog leading you onto another and so on.
I’m sure you know how it is…

I adore getting immersed into the worlds of Scott, Garance, Rumi, Tavi, Tommy, Bryan etc but there are others out there too!

Here are a few of my favourites – what are yours? Let me know, I’d love to find some new ones.

www.MatthewEadesLondon.com

Matthew Eades is a fashion photographer based in London (and, ahem, he’s also my husband).
He does a lot of studio shoots and at the end of a working day he’ll get the model to do a sitting for his personal project, a website/blog called MatthewEadesLondon.com.
The focus of the site (and photography) is all about the model; there is no styling (no clothes at all in fact), no jazzy background or complicated set up, just the beauty of the model in her most natural form. Also, there is no text other than the model’s first name. It’s very pure and clean in aesthetic and sensibility.

www.BackyardBill.com

Bill is a friend of mine and to put it simply, he is as cool, laid-back and stylish as his blog. He photographs people in a few of their favourite outfits either in their home, or around their neighbourhood (or a combination of the two). If you ever meet Bill the blog makes even more sense, he IS his blog. All the people share a similar aesthetic too, very Brooklyn, NYC.

www.MenIWishIHadntSleptWith.com

The title pretty much says it all, but believe me, this is a blog that will have you hooked and howling with laughter. It is sharper than a Louboutin heel and is written by a friend of mine who is keeping herself anonymous for the time being. Read and enjoy…

http://zaramartin.blogspot.com/

TV presenter, ridiculously smart and gorgeous to boot. I mean really!
Her blog is fabulous, full of little nuggets of information (did you know that Harmony Korine had made a film about people that like humping trash?), or want the inside scoop on last night’s coolest party/exhibition/award ceremony? Bookmark her blog and enjoy

Jackie Dixon

 
 

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