DCR Workshop: How to use your CILC like a pro

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Don’t Get Trapped into the Bokeh Effect!
If you’re sitting in front of your computer screen scratching your head and wondering what Bokeh is, it is a term used for the out of focus/blurry area of a photo. When amateur photographers usually get a brand new lens with a wider aperture, they tend to just shoot with the aperture wide open all the time and lose a lot of great details in their photos because of this.

One of the most purchased lenses is the 50mm f/1.8. The larger f-stop value allows for lots of light to hit the sensor but doesn’t get very much in focus. If you want to shoot a portrait of your daughter or puppy, try changing the f-stop to f/2.8 or f/4 so that more gets into focus and the details in their eyes are crisp.

Hold It Like a Pro
There are some big giant red flags as to what not to do when holding your camera.


  • Hold it with one hand because of the high potential for a blurry shot.
  • Hold it with outstretched hands because of the high potential for lack of critical focusing and blurry shots.
  • Hold it with only four fingers.


  • Keep all or most of your fingers on the camera to maintain a good grip on it.
  • Keep it closer to your body to maintain stability.
  • Hold your breath as you’re taking a shot.
  • Be creative in how you do this. The Sony NEX-5 has an articulating LCD screen that allows users to hold the camera the way that old-school medium format film users did-by looking down into the viewfinder! Only you’ll be looking down into the LCD screen.
  • Ensure that your subject is totally in focus.

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