Quick Tip 112 – Breaking the Rules



Most of us have heard of the rule of thirds and you’ve probably read article upon article about how to take sharper photographs.  Well toss all that to the side for a moment and get a little creative.  The beautiful thing about photography is it’s an art of expression, you’re able to put on film (digital or physical) what you see in your mind.  Next time you’re photographing the decorations take a few shots out of focus, the result will please you with beautiful orbs of light.

Gear Used

The photo above was taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 16MP Live MOS Interchangeable Lens Camera with 3.0-Inch Tilting OLED Touchscreen (Silver) using the lens that comes with it (the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm ) and a tripod to keep the camera steady (Benro MeFoto A1350Q1T Transfunctional Tripod Kit (Titanium)). I set the lens on macro which automatically sets it to a focal length of 43mm, then I set ISO to 800, shutter speed at 1/25 and aperture to f/6.

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