More Photography Jargon: Bokeh, and the Rule of Thirds.

With every specialised field, there comes its specialised jargon. So, enter the world of photography with its complete specialised language and slang that would make any non-photographer’s head spin. After a couple of hours reading on the subject, and referring to a number of on-line videos, I found two very important topics that have always intrigued me. First, the concept of the focusing depth of field in a photograph, which as I found out today, has a really weird name called bokeh. The second is the concept called the Rule of Thirds, which helps makes the photograph more interesting by framing up the subject in the photo with the background.

After spending most of the morning reading on these two topics, I decided that I should do some experimenting with my camera. Hey, it was rainy and cold outside, so doing indoor shots was more appealing to me. My camera has in its viewfinder and eye piece display an option that divides the view finder with the guidelines that shows me the four points from the rule of thirds method. All you are doing is dividing up the image into three horizontal and three vertical areas, and where the lines connect you will have four points. It is on one of the point(s) that you place your subject. I have to agree that placing the subject in the centre of the image is boring. The rule of thirds method is far more interesting to look at in a photograph.

Next is blurring out the foreground and background in my shot. Now that I understand the concept, is seems logical now. Lower the F number, the more specific the rang of focusing in the image is, and the higher the F number, the sharper the image, and everything is generally in focus. This is called bokeh, which is Japanese for blurring. Bokeh, seems to also mean the depth of field. The F Stop, or aperture setting, also controls the amount of light reaching the camera. Thanks goodness for the auto settings eh!

Here is my example of using the rule of thirds, and using bokeh, in my shot of my plant(s) on my work table.

I have also done the White Balance for this image too becuase most of the light is coming from a lamp that has a compact florescent light bulb inside it. I did use the flash, but I would rather have the natural light from the room, but that is me. Maybe, perhaps, my next investment will be studio lighting?

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