Articles by Darius Strazdas

Bokeh - behind the lens

So wikipedia says: "In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens" ...that was a part of the article and I believe everyone can find and read it :)I won't write here about usual bokeh without the main object in focus. And I won't write about simple blurs that can make everyone at every time. No one wants to have portfolio with thousands of such images with a few sells, right?I want to write about three related... continue reading

Manual LENS: BOKEH & LENS FLARE

A few years ago I wrote a little about my new toy - manual lens Jupiter-9. Here I have the new one Helios 40-2. I use it with Nikon but it can fit to other systems too. So I'd like to share my new experience with it.Helios 40-2 is mostly known for it's unique bokeh. The price for this lens has grown quite high as for manual lens in the past few years. For some it's a kind of trendy lens to have. Though I decided to discover it's capability with my full frame camera.Firstly... continue reading

Russian lens BOKEH

Hello,I've just tried russian lens JUPITER-9 and was amazed of it's specific beautiful bokeh.Now I want to try Hellios, this thing is also pretty much great.If you like to experiment, let's try this particular lens: Jupiter-9, Hellios and other old russian lens.These lens are much cheaper than the new automatic lens. It has only manual fokus, so the work you are doing get's much more accurate and responsible. Moreover, it's just fun :)You need to buy adapter and this old friend... continue reading

Interior photography

Well this article is for a newbies. If you have some information to fill up, I would be thankful.So what you need to interior photography? First of all your camera :) Then it is helpful to have lens at about 10-20mm angle diapason. If the room or hall is quite big, then it could be enough to have at about 30mm angle lens. But if you want to make photos of ordinary home interior, 10-20mm angle diapason is really helpful.I don't used any flash or other light apart from light that comes through... continue reading

23 sales in March

Hi,How was your month?Mine had 23 sales, though most of them were subscriptions, so had not got plenty of gold :) This month was lucky for uploading more to me, because of a few photo sessions with models. And the acceptance ratio has grown a bit. Well waiting for the spring to come in Europe, Lithuania. Today is the last March day, but we have snow here :) so I'll go to forest to look around for shoots.Good luck everyone in next moth,se ya! continue reading

Talking about the numbers..500 pics

I feel quite new to stock photography, and the whole photography as well. Last year I've got the camera and started to look around more deeply and passionately. The art of view or the view of art is not completely new to me, though photography has it's own rules of creation. I've got to understand that it's not enough to look around deeply and passionately soon. It's not even art of view but also the technique..So it's my start and I'm happy about that, and sharing it with you my colleagues..... continue reading

RAW file format and program I use to work with it

Taking pictures in RAW file format has huge benefits. First of all you can better correct the exposure parameter. This is important becausea) if you shoot a picture and went home with the exposure not as you was expected (too light or too dark), you can easily correct 2-3 steps.b) if you want to shoot a picture with low ISO and there is not enough light, the shutter would work to slow to get focused view, for your chosen aperture - try to shoot it -1 or -1,5 steps (manual correction) - you... continue reading

Happy about the round number 400 :)

Hello!Happy about the round number 400 :)I know, it's only a start, but I have motivation to plus the one 0 at least :)Waiting for creative thoughts to my mind,Good luck to everyone! continue reading

My first Christmas pictures

Hello,I'm exited about doing some Christmas pics. Never knew it could be fun and worth working. I'm in a half of my work I guess and want to share it with you: continue reading

Autumn has fallen and the winter ...

Sometimes I wonder, that it's great to live in a place where can see and enjoy every four seasons. The autumn is great time for photography. The colors! So many landscapes that have special view in this season. The shadows and the sun position! At the time the day started to be shorter the sun path even the day time started to be not so high by the zenith, but down, closer to the horizon and that is where the shadows come - almost every time in a day, that is great isn't it?Though I'm not completely... continue reading

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