Have you ever seen the French movie ‘La Boum’? One of the best scenes in the movie takes place in a crowded club. The main character surreptitiously slips his headphones over his girlfriend’s ears from behind. She turns, eyes meet, cue embrace. What makes the scene so romantic is the transformation of a wild, noisy party into a place of shared sound, where only the two of them exist.
The same can be true of photography. If you lower the volume of the background noise and highlight the subjects, you can create pictures that really pop.
The space this romantic couple shares is crystal clear
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In this case, think of the “volume” in your photographs as focus. What, then, is focus? Focusing techniques, hone and blur the subject and background, turning an otherwise ordinary photograph into something completely different, teleporting subjects into another space altogether.
Lowering the ‘volume’ of the background make the colored pencils look more three-dimensional
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Focusing techniques vary. You can sharpen or blur the picture as a whole. Or one of the most popular techniques is called “shallow focusing”, which is designed to make only the main subject sharp. You can make the main subject stand out dramatically from its surroundings by softening the background.
The power of shallow focusing lies in drawing a clear line between what should be focused on and what shouldn’t.
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Trees in the background are, in fact, bigger than red berries in the front,
but shallow focusing makes the red stand out from its
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The basic way to produce the shallow focusing effect is to use a telephoto lens and open an aperture. But, there’s a simpler way. Just press the shutter of a compact camera like the Samsung EX2F halfway. Then the final image appears shallow focusing.
Cute mushrooms in a green field.
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The pink flower in this picture stands out as if it is taken with a macro lens
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In La Boum, the noises surrounding the main characters are effectively quieted, highlighting the intimacy of the scene. There is a ’teleported’ feel. You too can create the same experience with the shallow focusing. It’s only a half-shutter away.