Reflexión Final

Llego el fin del semestre y es hora de hacer autocrítica y reflexionar. sobre mi trabajo en la clase de INF 103.  Fue una experiencia totalmente nueva para mi realizar este blog, nunca había tenido la experiencia de hacer una página web y me gusto mucho aprendi, como poner links, poner fotos, videos, gifs,etc, fue una experiencia muy innovadora de la que no me arrepiento, las tareas todas fueron interesantes, mis dos tareas favoritas fueron, nuestros proyecto final (Dark Web) que me ayudó a entender cómo funciona la web y lo peligrosa que es si no la utilizamos bien y la tarea de programación porque fue divertida y aprendi lo basico de como se programa a una computadora.

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Cumpli con el objetivo de hacer todas las tareas de la clase y también hice publicaciones sobre el tema del blog: Fotografía, fue una experiencia divertida y que me ayudo a mi también para aprender más de fotografia, conoci gente nueva que le gustaron mis fotos y logre enseñar lo poquito que se a las personas que vieron mi blog. No me despido aqui de “Axphotography” voy a seguir publicando contenido de fotografia por mi cuenta y espero que disfrutaran mi contenido hasta el momento muchas gracias.

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Post: 17

Tarea1 Welcome To My New Blog

Tarea2Experimenting with Different Media

Tarea3The Web: My Perception (Social Addict?)

Tarea4My “About” Page

Summary: INF 103-004- 15/2/18-

Tarea5Exploring NYC

Tarea6Dark Web: What is It?

Tarea7#donotTrack

Tarea8Trabajo Final: Dark Web

Tarea9Galeria de Arte – Sagrado Corazón

Tarea10 – Reflexión Final (Este Trabajo)

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Galeria de Arte – Sagrado Corazón

En este post estaré hablando sobre la galería de arte que tiene la Universidad de Sagrado Corazón en sus facilidades.  La exposición se llama:  Intervalos, confines y territorios y pertenece a la pintora, creadora de instalaciones y una de nuestras mayores exponentes de la pintura abstracta a nivel internacional, Ivelisse Jiménez, Está abierta al público de martes a viernes de 9:30 a. m. a 5:30 p. m. y los sábados de 9:30 a. m. a 4:30 p. m.

 

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(Arte de Ivelisse Jiménez, Licencia CC)

La exposición pertenece a Ivelisse Jiménez (1966), la autora se graduó de la universidad de Puerto Rico en en el 1993 e hizo su maestría en “New York University” en el 1999 y además también estudió en “Art Students League”.  Su primera exhibición individual la realizó en el 1996 en el “Institute of Puerto Rican Culture in San Juan” y al presente ya ha participado en 25 “shows groups” incluyendo “A Way of Thinking”, creada por Julie Sass en Dinamarca el 2002. El 2006, su trabajo fue escogido como finalista de 941 trabajos sometidos alrededor del mundo al “International Painting Competition” en Castellón, España. 

Entrevista a Ivelisse Jiménez:

Cita de la artista:

My works allude to the effusiveness of the mental-physical balance in our dialogue with the real; denote a similarity that is not final. Through changes of perspectives, movement and color I establish relations between the act of perceiving and the simultaneous act of evaluating and giving meaning to that experience. I use varied materials maintaining the integrity of each part within the whole.  The informality and impermanence of the creations, therefore, propose a game to the observer: think what you perceive or perceive what you think?”

– Ivelisse Jiménez

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Lista de exhibiciones de la artista:

Solo Shows

2012

  • Detour, New World Museum, Houston, Texas, United States
  • Recent Works, 21 street projects, New York, United States

2010

  • Blind enough to see, DLFA Gallery, Miami, Florida, United States
  • Description Without Place, Yellowstone Museum, Montana, United States

2008

  • Nuevas Propuestas,  La Nave, Valencia, Spain
  • Re(place), Larm Gallery, Copenhagen Denmark & MC Gallery, New York, United States
  • El Lenguaje de los Pájaros,  Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • The No Place, Yes, Exit Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • Fuera de Lugar SOLO SPACES, Circa 2008, Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2005

  • Recent Work, Karpio Fachinni Gallery, Miami, Florida,United States

2004

  • 2, The Box Gallery & Artissima Turin, Italy
  • Project Room, Arco 04, Madrid, Spain

2003

  • PI, E & I, Galería, Punto Gris, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Group Shows

2013

  • Orbita, Galería Francisco Oller, Facultad de Humanidades, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2012

  • THE WAY IN,  Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Hi Density politics, Art OMI Genth, New York, United States
  • Interconexiones, Lecturas curatoriales de la colección del MAPR, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2009

  • X BIENAL de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador

2008 

  • En sus Marcas,  Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Make, Shift, Home Spaces, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
  • El lugar en lugar del lugar, Spanik Attack, Bronx, New York, United States
  • Sudaca, Heaven Gallery Bronx, New York, United States
  • Expanded Painting, Space Other Gallery Boston, Massachusetts, United States

2007

  • Derivados de la Pintura, Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, Spain
  • Expanded Painting,  Art Basel, Miami, Florida, United States
  • Contexto puertorriqueño: del rococó colonial al arte global, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2006

  • Diversidades Formales – la Coleccion (7), Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos, Spain
  • Circa, Punto Gris, Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico,  San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Suggestion, Belief, and Emptiness, Jessica Murray Projects, New York, United States

2005

  • Prague Biennale 05, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Art Brussels 05, Brussels, Germany
  • MACO 05, Mexico City, Mexico
  • None of the Above, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico ; Real Art Ways Hartford,  Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

2004

  • Miami Art Basel, Karpio Fachinni Gallery Miami, Florida, United States
  • 8 woman painters, Karpio Fachinni Gallery Miami, Florida, United States
  • Island Nations, RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, United States

2002

  • Prescient Then and Now, Dorsky Gallery, New  York, United States
  • A Way of Thinking, Susanne Hojriis Gallery Copenhagen, Denmark

2000

  • Painting Function: Making it Real, Spaces, Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Premios

2013

  • First prize. Arte Laguna, Venecia Biennale, Venecia, Italy 

2012

  • Artist in residence. Omi International Art Residence, New York, United States

2009

  • Painting and Sculpture Grant. The Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, United States

2002

  • Public Art Project, Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

Trabajo Final – Dark Web

In this post I’m going to present you all the work that Juan Torres and I were doing during this semester in our class of INF 103, hope you like it and learn a lot.  Our work is based on the dark web, we present information of how to access it, how it works, his dangers and also the benefits of this technologies.

Informe Escrito – Dark Web

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQYL1WE8teq1KDDI-TLWTBROGZd6jJe4pBAL-AuklKTzzAR76PFxZ6do4__f24heaPAchXVqo3BQI6v/pub

Informe de entrevistas :

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTWsL1oU4UPLlCVoJm1YEmJyZnWJ0HRRyFauFg6oIFjJZ6k8yr05_RrjuSf6XQ7m82n2Ddd3Z2HuTrU/pub

Presentación Power Point: 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQWryjDkoqMWlbk24AFrWFPWdxtp118vBDQUswCg5eNRpqWbicUg8gbNMj2WbzylBVEZSzlEgSBDzWk/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000

 

#donotTrack

On the last few weeks in our class of INF 103, our professor talk us about the privacy issues that the internet has and how to protect us of the dangers of being watch or steal of our private information.  To help us understand we saw a serie-documental named: #donotTrack that explains how the big companies use our information to make money and how they can track us.

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The seven episodes of this series are: Morning Rituals, Breaking Ad, Like Mining, The Spy in My Pocket, Big Data inside the Algorithim, The Daily Me, To Change the Future Click Here.

The things that most impact me was how the web can track all our movement in the internet, by only giving a “like” to something they track you, by giving you all this ads about the thing you “like, they know the pages that I visit the most, our private information and what we buy, the sad thing is that we can’t do much because the solution to this problem is quitting of all the social media and all the technologies and that is not a good option because the world is evolving and the technology is an important skill that the companies want you to know if you want to work with them.

I learn that I have a spy on my pocket because my cellphone track my every move like all the places I go, which apps I have on my phone, also the phone knows my daily routines, the most that impact me was that even the flashlight of our phone can track us. Also learn that computer “cookie” is more formally known as an HTTP cookie, a web cookie, an Internet cookie or a browser cookie. The name is a shorter version of “magic cookie,” which is a term for a packet of data that a computer receives and then sends back without changing or altering it.

The purpose of the computer cookie is to help the website keep track of your visits and activity. This isn’t always a bad thing. For example, many online shops use cookies to keep track of the items in a user’s shopping cart as they explore the site. Without cookies, your shopping cart would reset to zero every time you clicked a new link on the site. That would make it difficult to buy right?

This problem of privacy on the web really freak me out a little bit and open my eyes about how this technologies really are excellent in a lot of things and we love them but also this technologies have his bad side.  Before watching this documental I didn’t know that my life is not that private as I was thinking, my cellphone and my computer give away almost all my private life and that is scary. I hope that somehow we can control this violation of private life.

 

 

Concert Photography

The concert photography is one of the most difficult fields in the photography world, different to others kind of photos; in this photography we have no control of almost anything in the picture. We can’t direct the object being photographed, we do not have control over the lighting, which is constantly changing, also there are people around us who paid money for enjoying the show so we can’t annoy them and last but not least we have limited restrictions on any angle.

Tips for improving your concert photography 

1- Always use “M” (Manual Mode)

The lights in the concerts change a lot so you need to have to be able to control all the settings of your camerareally fast if you don’t want to lose the perfect photo.

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(Photo by Canon Digital Learning Center – Canon Global, License CC)

2- Use the Lowest Aperture Possible

Use fast lenses. Set your aperture to the smallest number on your lens (. f/1.8). This allows the most possible light to enter your sensor and is an excellent option with low light situations.

3- USE A FAST SHUTTER SPEED

Unless you want to have photo with a moving effect, use a fast shutter speed so you make sure you freeze the action, the formula to know what exactly is the speed that freezes the action is: Make sure the speed is higher than the number of your lens so if you have a 28mm -135mm to make sure you freeze the action you have to set the speed greater than 135.

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4- Use High ISO 

The higher the ISO less light you need to a correct composition but also need to be alert of the noise.

5- Spot Metering 

This takes a light reading limited to the center of your viewfinder so check your manua and set this setting. When shooting concerts, you will often find yourself in a situation where the artist is hit by a spotlight and the rest of the stage is almost dark. When using spot metering mode, place the artist’s face in the middle of your viewfinder and you’ll get the right exposure for it.

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6- Use Burst 

Set your camera to multi-shot mode, It allows you to rapidly shoot three to four photos in a row of course depending on the frames per second of your camera model. Is important to set this feature because in a concert the subject move a lot and you don’t want a blurry photo, you want a perfect still photo.

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(Photo by Natasha Díaz, License CC)

7- Never use Flash 

First of all, if you use flash in a concert I’m sure you are going to get kick out because the light of the flash annoys the person in front and also flash pictures don’t look awesome so don’t use it.

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(Photo by Natasha Díaz, License CC)

8- Shoot in RAW

If you shoot in JPEG mode, the internal camera computer adds contrast, saturation and sharpness to your photos. The files look great when you open them on your computer, but you can’t manage them in post-production. If you shoot in RAW format, the camera does not process the photo and the advantage is that you can change things like exposure, white balance, saturation, contrast and clarity.

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(Photo by The Phoblographer, License CC)

9- Use Silhouettes 

Lenses with over 2.8 aperture can cause problems when trying to capture the subject on focus. This is because of the changing lights that are usually dark. One of the solutions is to shoot silhouettes. Is better to have a silhouette that is very clear so that the viewer can see and understand what the subject in the frame it is without seeing his faces. You can take a good silhouettes when there is no light on the subject and the only lights are behind the band, singer or dancer.

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Portrait Photography

Portrait photography is a photograph of a person or group of people that captures the personality of the subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses.

The portrait photography is important because you can see how you change overtime or your family and if you don’t like being photographed think that in years to come when members of your family are looking for photos of you, what will they find?, you may be thinking in all the negative things to not take a portrait but you have to realize that NOW is the perfect time because later you are going to say “I’m too old for that” or things like that so don’t make excuses.

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(Photo by Axel Santiago, License CC)

Tips to improve your portrait photography:

1- Wide aperture – All depends of the type of portrait that you want but one of my favorite type of portrait is when I use a wide aperture because the background behind your subject is nicely blurred, making them stand out better.

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2- Shutter speed – You have to be alert of the shutter speed because you don’t want a shake photo, you want a perfect still photo. A basic rule is: Make sure your shutter speed is higher than your effective focal length. For example, at 200mm use a 1/250 sec shutter speed or faster.

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(Photo by Jesslee Buchanan, License CC)

3- Increase your ISO (But avoid the noise)

The best lens for a portrait: 

  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM.
  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.
  • Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM.
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM.
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G.
  • Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S ED VR II.
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S.

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4- Make rapport with the model –  Take time to chat with your subject before the shoot – have a meet and talk over your ideas so both of you are connected to the shooting and in the same page.

When the shoot begins, offer them direction, don’t shoot silently. Tell them what you want and how you want them to pose. Remember as well to show them some shots because this can build confidence.

5- Use a reflector – One of the easy ways and affordable to add some light to your portraits and to give them a professional look is to use a reflector. Use them indoors (near windows) or outdoors to bounce light back onto your subjects and to fill in unwanted shadows.

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6- Focusing the camera – When using wide apertures, your depth of field decreases dramatically, so it’s crucial you know where to focus, otherwise you could end up with out-of-focus face, like the person’s nose may be sharp but the eyes soft. So my recommendation is that With large apertures, focus on the eyes, with wider aperture, focus on the head.

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(Photo by Karla Souza, License CC)

7- Posing your model – If the person you are photographing is not a professional model, the person may need help to pose, so it helps if you bring examples in your phone or printed so the person can look and try to copy it.

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8- Try black and white 

If you take a portrait and you don’t love the result try change the picture to black and white in some cases the picture looks like if it was a different photo, in some cases the photo look better in black and white.

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(Photo by Northrup.Photo, License CC)

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(Photos by Axel Santiago, License CC)

 

Wildlife Photography

Wildlife photography is a profession which demands a passion for nature and art. Wildlife photographers make a career of traveling to remote areas and taking pictures of wild animals and natural scenery, personally my wildlife photos are of domestic animals but it counts.

Also this photography is important because it helps document all the animals that exist in the world and if for a reason one animal get extinct, the years will pass and thanks to the photos we are going to know how it look so this photography is an historical document too.

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(Photo by Axel Santiago, License CC)

Here are some tips to improve your wildlife photography:

1- Know your camera – The really great moments in wildlife photography last between 5 and 20 seconds so is not much and you have to know your camera well so you can shoot in the right moment and not lose the best shot.

You should know things like:

What the minimum shutter speed so you can obtain a sharp image with your camera

How high you can push your camera’s ISO setting without getting noise

What is the minimum and max of your aperture

2- Know your subject – Much of wildlife photography is based on capturing fleeting moments of natural history, you have to know the poses and behavior of the animal you are taking a picture so you can anticipate what he is going to do next and take the shot. To know them theres only one way and is spend time with them or watch videos o the internet. Don’t just hang around for a few minutes and look out the next subject if the one you are observing or photographing isn’t doing what you expect because maybe if you leave you lose a great picture.

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(Photo by Axel Santiago, License CC)

3- The rule of thirds –  “Is applied by aligning a subject with the guide lines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section”.

Is recommend it because is more pleasing to the eye and looks more natural than one where the subject is placed right in the middle of the frame also it give life and a flow to the picture.

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4- Shoot wider and shoot closer

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(Photos by Axel Santiago, License CC)

5- Patience – Nature is unpredictable. Anything can happen at any time and most of the time happen rarely, they rarely coincide with the exact time that you are in that specific spot waiting to take the shot (Yeah I know is frustrating). You have to be patient.

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(Photo by Max Rinaldi, License CC)

Recommend it Gear:

Binocular

Head Lamp

Telephoto Lens – Canon 200-400 f/4 L IS 1.4ext –  Canon 100-400

Tripod

Rain Cover

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(Photos by Axel Santiago, License CC)

Architecture Photography

Architecture photography is photographing buildings and similar structures that are aesthetically amazing. Architectural photographers are usually skilled in the use of specialized techniques and equipment.

Is important that you know that architecture photographers and real sate photographers are not the same.  Real estate photographers look properties with the intention of making a sale. Architecture photographers, focused on capturing the aesthetic and intention of a structure in the most interesting, creative and unique way possible.

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(MIAMI by Axel Santiago, License CC)

Here are some tips to improve your architecture photography skills:

1- Look around the place,  your subject isn’t going anywhere so take your time to look around and discover the best angle, convergences of lines and perspectives to take the shot. The most obvious point of view is not the most interesting.

2- Use a tripod, it all depends of the situation and the photo you want to take but in some cases maybe you need to use a small aperture to maximize depth of field, which will need a slow shutter speed that make difficult hand-holding. Always bring a tripod to really avoid any chance of camera shake, is better have it and do not use that do not have it and need it.

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(Photo by Contrastly, License CC)

3- Optional – Add a human to the picture, if you add a human you would give a sense of relative scale of how big is the building. Be sure your human is dressed appropriately to the mood of the space. If it’s an office building, he or she should wear business look.

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4- Watch your White Balance, when you shoot at night or indoors, be aware that the color temperature of the artificial light can change the color of the architecture. This may not necessarily be a bad thing but it is something that you need to be aware of. Rather than using auto white balance, shoot RAW and use a color calibration kit such as the Datacolor Spyder 4 to get the most accurate color from image capture.

5- Use wide angle lens

6 – Take the shot

Suggest Gear for architecture photography:

Tilt-Shift (AKA perspective control) lens 

Canon 17mm TS-E F/4L

Canon 24mm TS-E F/3.5L II

Canon 45mm TS-E f/2.8

Canon 90mm TS-E F/2.8

Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED

Nikon PC-E Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D

Nikon PC-E Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D

A Tilt-Shift lens projects an image that is larger than the area covered by the camera’s sensor. When photographing architecture, a photographer shifts the front element to get rid of the “falling backwards” effect that occurs when shooting up towards a tall building, and uses the tilt feature to control depth of field.

Tripod: 

Dolica Proline 68″ Professional Tripod

Slik Pro II Tripod

MeFOTO RoadTrip Aluminum Travel Tripod

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(NY by Axel Santiago, License CC)

Polarizing Filter

When photographing architecture, what’s reflected on mirrors and windows is sometimes part of the story you’re telling. But at other times, you’ll need to eliminate reflections on windows, also if you want to make an long exposure shot and the sun is still out you can do it with the filter.

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(Photo by Axel Santiago, License CC)

Adobe Photoshop 

To fix light problems and imperfections on the photos photoshop is great.

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(Photos by Axel Santiago, License CC)

 

 

 

 

The Bokeh Effect

The bokeh effect is the quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens but you can also make it using your computer screen. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.

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(Spider Man Bokeh, by Axel Santiago, License CC)

How to do it?

1- Use the right lens ( Use a fast lens, since aperture impacts the depth of field. The best lenses for beautiful bokeh are portrait lenses such as 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4 and 70-200mm f/2.8

2 – Set your camera on M (Manual Mode)

3 – Select a small aperture

4- Get close to your subject

5 – Focus on what you want to be sharp

6 – Place your subject far from the background you want blurred out.

7 – Take the shot

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(Bokeh by Axel Santiago, License CC)

Tips for an excellent bokeh:

1- You can experiment bokeh at your home. But, if you want to be a different photographer and impress with yours pictures, grab your gear and head out on the streets

2- Night is the best time to shoots bokeh, there is no rule that bokehs should not be shot during the day. but, it’s more fun to shoot bokehs at night, the colors are better, the  patterns look beautiful when shot at night.

3- Make sure your find a place with a proper light, Light is the most important factor for photography and shooting bokeh is not the exceptions . When the background has a good light it’s easier to get those perfect patterned bokehs. If the light is insufficient bokehs maybe will not turn out well.

4- Manual Focus is a good tool, shooting bokehs with the focus in auto mode can be quite a pain. Focusing, adjusting, refocusing you will end up doing repeatedly. Manual focus works best.

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