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Bokeh. What the hell is it?

Bokeh. Have you heard this term bandied about in conversations while looking at a photo, listened while someone proclaimed that the bokeh in a photo was good or bad, but you’ve been too embarrassed to ask just what it is? It’s something every photographer should understand because it affects your image. And whether you know it or not, you’ve probably evaluated the bokeh in your own photos. Well hide your shame no longer. After reading this article, you will be able to hold your head high and raise your nose as you talk about the bokeh in your next photo.

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Photo contest reminder

Just a reminder that the first week of the Photodoto Grand Opening Photo Contest is over and you’ve only got until May 5th to enter your winning photograph! Prizes will be awarded for 1st place, a Canon SD450 5MP Digital Elph camera; 2nd place, a 1GB Sandisk Ultra II compact flash memory card; and 3rd place, a 1-year subscription to

Looking for some inspiration?

Sometimes you want to shoot but you can’t seem to find any ideas. Or maybe you feel like every shot you take has been done before or you just want to try something new. It’s the photographer’s equivalent of writer’s block. Fortunately there a bunch of places you can go for help getting your creativity flowing:

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Music to make pictures by…

I listen to music a lot. And it seems like lately I’ve come across a fair number of songs that have something to do with cameras. Just for fun, here’s a sampling, some classics, some questionable, and some newer ones, too.

  • Kodachrome by Paul Simon
  • I Turn My Camera On by Spoon
  • F-Stop Blues by Jack Johnson
  • Photograph by Natalie Merchant
  • Photograph by Ringo Starr
  • The Harsh Truth of the Camera by Morrissey
  • A Photograph of You by Depeche Mode
  • Pictures of You by Oingo Boingo
  • Photograph by Ella Fitzgerald
  • Photograph by Camper Van Beethoven