Category Archives: Photography Fundamentals

Shallow DOF with M4/3

This article discusses some basic techniques that can be used to achieve shallow DOF (depth-of-field) with M4/3 equipment. There is quite a bit of assumptive thinking on the internet, as well as people regurgitating things they have read about shallow DOF with M4/3.

It is absolutely possible, and actually very easy, to achieve shallow depth-of-field with M4/3 camera gear. People who state that shallow depth-of-field is “impossible” with M4/3 equipment are simply misinformed.

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Olympus Gear Icon Navigation

One of the World Photography Day live stream sessions today was with David Smith which covered Olympus menu options including gear icon tab navigation. David provided a quick verbal review of the various menu items under the gear icon tab. I thought some readers may find David’s tips on Olympus gear icon navigation helpful.

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Handheld Shot Discipline

This lengthy article provides a summary of some of the actions that a photographer can take to practice handheld shot discipline. Many of the actions would also apply to folks who use tripods or monopods. Shot discipline is all about making sure that our camera gear is ready. That we know how to use it to best effect. That we use good camera technique. And, that we remain calm and focused.

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Minimum Focusing Distance

One of the attributes of a lens that is sometimes overlooked is its minimum focusing distance. There are many important factors to consider when investing in a new lens such as focal length, aperture, lens construction/weatherproofing, sharpness and colour rendition. So, it is not surprising that minimum focusing distance is sometimes not given much consideration.

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Do You Care About EXIF Data?

This short article asks a simple question of readers, “Do you care about EXIF data?”

EXIF stands for exchangeable image file format. This is the information that your digital camera automatically embeds into photographs, including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, lens focal length, white balance etc.  Continue reading Do You Care About EXIF Data?

Using more creative latitude of zoom lenses.

The lenses that an individual photographer chooses to use is a matter of personal preference. Some folks enjoy shooting with prime lenses while other people prefer zoom lenses. This article discusses using more creative latitude of zoom lenses by considering a few, simple things.  Continue reading Using more creative latitude of zoom lenses.