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Photographing Product and Displays with Bokeh

When I started blogging I remember reading about another blogger taking a photography class and thinking to myself, I will never be interested in photography! Flash forward into a new decade and here I am, not only interested in photography, but using my camera almost everyday and at times to even make an income. I will admit to you though, while I am still lost on the science of taking pictures, I am very good at turning that “wheelie” thing until I get a picture I like.:) (real photographers, you may cringe now.) Thank goodness in digital photography you can take  a gob-smaking amount of pictures and it doesn’t cost a thing to keep shooting until you get a picture you like. One thing I have discovered through doing all of my lookbooks is I love using my 55mm-200mm lens to get shots I love instead of my standard 18mm-55mm  (Both which came with my camera.). It’s not just for dance recitals and football games. 🙂 It can take some great detail shots and portraits and especially when Photographing Product and Displays with Bokeh. For an amateur now, it helps that the new phones have it automatically as an option like using “portrait” mode on the iPhone.
Cup and books with hazy background

 It gives an amazing ability to  focus on items up close, as long as you stand far enough back. Focus on the center of the item you want to shoot and focus on that. The rest will blur out and give you that great Bokeh look.
Photographing Product and Displays with Bokeh
Sometimes, when you forget your regular lens and have to make do with what you have, you learn to shoot from standing really far back like I did on this trip.
creating etherial by Photographing Product and Displays with Bokeh
And you can easily get that soft blur in the background, shooting on Aperture or Manual.
Tea cups on twine  Photographing Product and Displays with Bokeh
 You can make your subjects pop.
Model on a train with he train tracks behind her
 While giving a moody feeling with the background.
model in the front sitting with blurred out train track behind her
 I find sometimes details really come alive.
Apples in hands with fingerless gloves
I do recommend using a tripod in many cases to hold the camera steady if needed…. And make sure you are exact on your focus or you end up with the wrong item blurred.
 Now try it out. Go play!!!!

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  1. Happy Monday and Buongiorno,
    since I took a class with Cynthia Shaffer a couple of months ago I can’t stop taking pictures. Your photos are great and I will look into a 55mm-200mm. Thank you Ciao Rita

  2. Excellent point! My poor Nikon D5000 is on its second trip to shop, and while it’s been out, (way to long) …my blog pix are from tablet or phone….not the best for sure!

    Love your blog, it inspires me!

  3. Hi Jennifer,
    I love my Macro/Telelens… I had to make do with a standard lens for a long long time. When I purchased the Macro I said…. do I really need/want this?
    Now I use my big guy everywhere I go. I love it.
    Almost all pix turn out.
    And… I love your photo’s they are so swoon worthy!


  4. Great pics!,, Hopin you can stop by my linky party Welcome Home Wednesday ….www.vintageonadime.blogspot.com…..Thanks so much. Debbie

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