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June 25, 2015

Ep 28: Bok bok bokeh: How to get beautiful blurry backgrounds

It’s an art to create images that have beautiful blurry backgrounds. Whether you are shooting portraits, still life, lifestyle, corporate images or events, it pays to know how to get just the right blurry background … or bokeh. That’s the technical term. Gina and Valerie discuss exactly what you need to do to achieve beautiful blurry backgrounds regardless of what kind of camera or lens you are using. (And yes, you can even achieve this on your smartphone!). This week’s theme for #ginachallenge is “bokeh” or “blurry backgrounds” Click play to listen to the podcast or find it on iTunes here. If you don’t use iTunes you can get the feed here, or listen to us on Stitcher radio. Show notes Useful links 2015 Winning Photographers Tyra Banks, 41, dares to bare her early morning face on Instagram without a lick of make-up or any ‘freakin’ filters’ Photo critique Rany Tan – Photo...

Ditch the photo face and hold the cheese to create the perfect headshot.

Photo face – When the model looks like a stunned mullet or rabbit in the spotlight. The eyes are dead and lack any emotion and the smile is fake and often forced by saying the word “cheese” Asking your model to say any word starting with ‘ch’ and ending in ‘y’ or ‘e’ when you photograph them will show both top and bottom teeth. This is a great idea in theory, but always ends up looking fake on models. The reason for this is that nobody really smiles with his or her top and bottom teeth showing. Go have a look in the mirror now and smile. If you can see both top and bottom teeth you are probably a Miss Universe contestant, a game show host, or a horse. A real smile that is warm and genuine will show in your models eyes. There will be a light or sparkle...

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