A Bokeh Dream Set Up For Less Than £50

It's fair to say that, in the full flow of using DSLRs with vintage manual lenses, bokeh is a prominent feature in my photographs.  In fact, the out of focus background is often of greater importance to me than the subject in focus. When I think of bokeh, the first lens that comes to mind… Continue reading A Bokeh Dream Set Up For Less Than £50

Why I Shoot Aperture Priority Mode 95% Of The Time

Shooting camera phones from 2005-2011, I had no idea what aperture was, let alone how to change it. I just pointed, pressed the shutter button, and let the camera make all the technical decisions. But I did know from early on that some photos seemed to have backgrounds more blurred and out of focus than… Continue reading Why I Shoot Aperture Priority Mode 95% Of The Time

Soft Pleasures – Why Lens Sharpness Is Overrated

I confess I'm a sucker for a searingly sharp close up of a flower or decaying texture against a soft dreamy background. But the sharpness is only part of the appeal. In truth, it's the textures of the background that allure me most.  Here are some of my favourite photographs where sharpness was not paramount… Continue reading Soft Pleasures – Why Lens Sharpness Is Overrated