Welcome!

Well hello there! Welcome to The Adventures of Rob & Lauren. We are two professional photographers from Canada with a passion for art and adventure. This blog follows our journeys around the world as we seek out incredible people and places. We also try to share as much knowledge as we can with our amazing readers!

Feel free to poke around the site. There’s a lot of great resources and articles regarding photography and travel. And make sure to use an RSS reader or check back frequently. We promise lots of hilarious antics, super cool photos and exciting stories! 

The Eagle Has Landed

Well my friends, we have arrived. It took roughly 24 hours of flying and waiting around in airports, but right now we are in Cusco, the ancient Inca capital of Peru.

The journey here was stressful and tiring, I’m not going to lie. Right off the bat we realized we forgot our iPhone charger. Oops. We found something that could work in the Toronto airport, but I foolishly said “Let’s keep going and see if there is anything else”. We went through to the international terminal, where we were told there would be all the same shops, and found to our great dismay that there was no iPhone charger to be had at all. And no way to return to the other shops. We make some very silly mistakes when we’re really tired. We’ve taken it all to heart, however, and learned some great lessons. And really, it’s not the end of the world. We’re in Peru!!

We took a really quick stroll around town just now and had an absolute blast. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us for the rest of this trip. And if today is any indication, it’s going to be incredible. Here are a few shots I took. Rob worked with film, so you’ll have to wait until we get back to see those!

We’re going to take it easy today and get some rest as we’re just exhausted, but expect some more posts really soon!

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So what's this here blog all about?

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Many of you may have ended up here, said “Hey, this looks pretty snazzy!” but then think to yourself “So what’s this here blog all about?”. Or you might have thought “aboot” if you’re Canadian like us ;)

Well, Rob and I are about to leave for a month long journey through Peru. In fact, we leave in less than 48 hours. Eek!

We see this trip as a chance for us to do what we’ve always loved: travel photography. It’s what got us interested in a career as photographers in the first place (click here to read that story). Rob mentioned yesterday that in a way it feels like we’re “coming home”. Returning to what we first thought was an impossible dream, and are now hoping could be a career.

So back to what this is about/aboot. We are going to be documenting our adventures in Peru right here on this blog. All the good, bad, and downright hilarious things that happen will be posted with lots of behind-the-scenes photos and video. 

At the same time, we’ll be trying to share as much as we possibly can with you guys. Reviews, tips, ideas, and anything else we can. And hopefully we’ll make those articles enjoyable and entertaining to read! So even if you’re not really interested in what travel meds to bring, you might get a little chuckle from reading about them anyway :)

Here are a few fun things you can expect from this blog:

- Day to day updates via the status bar at the top of the page. Check back daily to see what’s going on! Or add us to your RSS reader for easy viewing.

- Lots and lots of really great photos. We’ll be visiting Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and journeying deep into the Amazon to visit the indigenous tribes. So much to do! It should be a wild ride, and we’re really excited to take you guys along!

- Behind the scenes looks at how we shoot and travel

- Fun videos where you can feel free to make fun of our accents and semi-ugly travel clothes

- Choose your own adventures! Yes, we will hopefully post a couple polls where you can choose what we do the next day! Super fun!

- Reviews and articles. Learn a bit while having fun. Sounds good to me.

- A first hand look at what it’s like to travel Peru, and a view of the people and culture. We really hope to get to know the Peruvian culture, and portray who they are. It will be a challenge for us, since we have been quite shy on previous trips, but we’re so excited to step outside that comfort zone, and connect with these incredible people.

- Fine art prints: When Rob and I return, we will be making some of our images available to be purchased as fine art prints. And we’re very committed to making them affordable for as many people as possible! You’ll be able to take away a little souvenir of our journey, and get some super cool artwork at the same time. Good deal.

We really hope we can show you what it’s like to travel to Peru, and perhaps inspire you to plan your own journey! 

And since this post is boring without some photos, I’ll share some of our favourites from our last adventure: India and Southeast Asia.

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Rob and I really love to hear from our readers, so leave us a comment, and we’ll do our darndest to reply! If you have any Peru advice, requests for articles, or just want to say hi, we would LOVE to hear from you!

Before You Go

taxi.jpgTip: Arrange for your hotel to pick you up from the airport when you first arrive at your destination, and avoid the stress. We will now wait for your emails of gratitude to roll in…. ;)

We are now about 15 hours from leaving for Peru, and have been running around like mad to get everything sorted out! What a perfect time for this handy little article.

The tasks that build up before you leave on a big trip almost always leave you asking “Did I forget something?”. Here’s a list of things that we do before heading out on any adventure.

Stock up on travel medication - Typically we make sure everything is stocked up before a big trip and then for smaller trips we don’t really need to worry about it. You’ll also want to make sure you have any region specific medications (like anti-malarial pills) as well as appropriate vaccinations. Check out this article to see what travel meds we’re packing!

Hold mail - If you’re gone for a longer trip you’ll probably want to make a visit to the post office and get them to hold your mail until you return. For shorter trips your house sitter can probably take care of that. It’s also a good idea to fill out the form at the post office that lets someone else pick up your parcels on your behalf. We tend to get packages delivered when we’re away and the only way someone else can pick them up is if that pesky formed it filled out. Just writing a letter does not work. Trust us. We tried.

Purchase travel insurance - You never know what could happen. A variety of policies exist to sell you everything you could possibly need! At the very minimum you need medical insurance. This covers any medical expenses you might incur in a foreign hospital. It often also covers the cost of evacuating you from the country or the costs of having a family member come stay with you. Check for details, but don’t leave home without it. You can also get policies that cover trip cancellation, lost luggage etc. When you travel you’re investing in an experience, and it’s a good idea to think about protecting that investment :)

Scanning all vital documents - Scan (or take photos if you don’t have a scanner) of all your vital documents. Passport, drivers license, credit cards, plane tickets, health insurance, marriage certificate, university degrees or highschool diplomas, birth certificate, and anything else you think might be important. You don’t need to take everything with you (you probably shouldn’t!) but once you’ve scanned them you should carry them on a USB key, compress the folder (and password protect it if possible) and e-mail yourself a copy, and print out duplicates (keep the duplicates separate from the originals - we carry our real passports with us and leave the duplicates at the hostel/hotel). You never know what you might need. It’s also a good idea to leave a copy with your house sitter.

House sitter - Maybe you need someone to look after your pets, or just stop by once and a while to pick up mail and make sure everything looks alright. It could be a friend or family member, but probably not a random person you met on the bus. Make sure you leave them as much info about your trip as possible so they can try and contact you if something goes terribly awry. 

Making sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return - Some countries won’t admit you unless your passport is valid 6 months after your return. For our trip to Peru we needed to rush a new passport for Lauren. It was stressful, and a lot of work. Learn from our mistake, and give yourself lots of time if you need to get a new one.

Visas - Some countries require visas in order to enter. Often you won’t even be able to board your flight if you’ve failed to get the proper visa. Check out this page for all the visa requirements for Canadian travelers. Once again, make sure to give yourself a lot of time to apply for and receive your visas. We failed to get our Indian visas before leaving the country, so we had to get them in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Hassle and a half. Look at all our mistakes you get to learn from!

Book your first night - A good strategy that has never failed us is booking a hotel for the first night of your travels. It’s easy to underestimate how tiring traveling can be, and when you reach an airport utterly exhausted you might make the mistake of going with the first tout/taxi who takes you to an overpriced out of the way place to stay. It’s never fun to arrive in Bangkok at 1:00AM, get to the Khao San Road and find out there’s not a room to be had. Yes. Another mistake. We’re awesome. In some places hotels/hostels can arrange to pick you up from the airport, often for free. That’s probably the greatest feeling in the world, seeing your name on a sign, and knowing you have everything already figured out. 

Wow, looking back, we have made a lot of mistakes while traveling. And I fully expect we’ll make a lot more. But that’s what this is all about: experiencing the world, and learning more each and every time. I really, really hope we can help you avoid some of the hassles we’ve had to deal with!

iPhone Apps for Travelers

plane.jpgUse your iPhone to track your flights, and also set an alarm so you won’t miss those 5AM take-offs. Now if only it could massage your tired feet….oh wait! It can!

We traveled with a 2G iPhone when they first were released. It turned out to be one of the best travel tools we had. We had to jailbreak ours because Rogers wasn’t selling them in Canada at the time, but it gave us the opportunity to just pop in a SIM card in India and easily make calls. 

Now we have a locked 3GS but it’s still a great tool (even if we can’t swap SIM cards). Here are few ways we used our iPhone while traveling.

Alarm clock - extremely useful and essential when you have a really early flight to catch!

Calculator - who even knows how to add anymore?

World clock - for keeping track of multiple time zones. I guess people don’t dig it when you call them at 4AM

Notepad - I’m a a notes person, and this sure beats carrying around a notebook while traveling

Camera - This has come in very useful for quickly photographing documents, maps, hotels (you probably won’t remember the name of all your hotels, why not take a photo!)

Voice Recorder - So great to record thoughts, ideas, or anything else, especially if you can’t write quickly enough, or have a lot to say!

Weather - I love knowing the temperature of a place before I even step off the plane. Am I fine in this sweater or do I need to pull out my jacket?

Maps - Great all around app. Craving a Chicken Maharaja Mac while in India? Now you can find the closest MacDonalds! Huzzah!

myLite App - A useful flashlight when it’s dark and you’re trying to find your room key.

XE Currency App - Today’s rates. Make sure you’re not getting totally ripped off when buying that souvenir. 

Fring - A Google Talk and Skype tie in. Find a wireless hotspot while traveling and phone home for free!

FlightTrack - We actually haven’t used this one yet, but I’ve heard great things. Track your flights, and stay up to date with delays and weather. 

You may or may not know that you can use your iPhone to tether internet access for your laptop! Incredible. While you might incur roaming charges for voice, the data rate remains the same where ever you are in the country (for Rogers in Canada). This has saved us a ton in internet charges when we’re staying at hotels!

When out of the country we usually keep our phones in airplane mode unless we need to make a call. But you can also turn on wireless while still staying disconnected from a cell network carrier. This is awesome! It means you can access all of the above functions and apps (minus tethering) while you’re in a wireless hotspot. We do this all the time to find free wireless hot spots, at which point we break out the laptop.

If you want to see Apple’s suggestions for apps for travelers, check out this link!

iPhone Apps for Photographers

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The iPhone has opened up a whole new world of photographic potential! Of course cameras have been on phones for a long time, but the iPhone brings something really special to the table - the ability to process and upload photos directly from your phone! While the iPhone may not produce the highest quality photos what it does do is remove all barriers to photography. It is a tool that amateurs and professionals alike can use by pressing the same single button. And best of all, it’s always with you so you’ll never miss a photographic opportunity again!

Here are a couple tips/apps to get you started.

Make sure the lens of your iPhone is clean, it’s easy to get smudged and dirty, just remember to give it a quick brushing on your shirt every now and then.

When you’re taking a photo remember that the picture is taken when you release the button, not when you press it. Therefore the best strategy is to compose your image with your finger on the button and then let go when you want to take the photo. You’ll cut your number of blurry photos in half!

Check out a free program called Mill Colour. It’s the program I use for all my iPhone photography (iPhonography!). Basically this program lets you perform a few different color effects to an image you’ve already taken. Golden, Print, and Noir (black and white) are my my favorite presets. 

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Another fun program that I use less frequently but is still amazing is the free program DXP. Basically it allows you to overlap a couple images on top of one another for some creative results. 

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This image was taken with an iPhone 3GS, and processed using DXP 

You might also want to check out CropForFree which does what it says! Although when it comes to iPhone photography I tend to shoot things exactly as I want them to be. I use the iPhone almost like a visual sketchpad and like to spend the least amount of time processing images and more time actually taking them! After all, if you’re going to spend all that time tweaking an iPhone image you might as well have broken out the dSLR and shot it in RAW :)

Once I have an image I want share, I have a few options. Sometimes I’ll use a Twitter client app like TweetDeck to post the images on my Twitter account. I usually do this for more news related photos (“Look! It’s me with my cat Scooter!”). For more art related photos I usually want them posted on my blog. For that I just e-mail the photo to myself, and upload and post it to my blog (though my main computer). You can also use the Facebook app to post photos directly to your Facebook page. Or try directly e-mailing or MMSing them to friends. There are really so many options!

Keep it simple. There are a ton of iPhone photography apps out there, I’ve paid for pano ones and tilt shift ones, and other multi effect ones, but I barely use them. All you need to do is keep an eye out for great shots!

Also check out using iPhoto to make iPhone photo books. I ordered one last year and it turned out beautifully. It’s easy to design and order your own books and you can get them in different sizes. Your friends will be blown away with how impressive iPhone photos look in print.

If you develop film definitely pick up the Dev Chart app. It’s a steeply priced app at $5.99 but it makes developing film a joy. You enter your film type and speed, what you rated it at, and what developer you’re using and it does all the calculations. I cannot speak highly enough of this app!

With the exception of the above film developing app, all the other photography apps I’ve listed are free in the App Store! Go get ‘em now! and create some iPhonography!

Travel Medications

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I have a friend, who shall remain nameless, who fancies himself an adventure traveler. Let me briefly share one of his stories with you:

He decided not to bring along any travel medications with him on a big journey. After 4 or 5 days in Vietnam without pooping he decided it was time to get help. The only problem was that he didn’t speak Vietnamese and he couldn’t find a pharmacy where they spoke English. Imagine the fun he had trying to mime constipation at a pharmacy stall in a Vietnamese village. Seriously. Imagine it. Lesson learned.

We really believe in being fully prepared when it comes to taking care of our health while traveling. After all the effort and money it takes to get to your destination, you don’t want to spend the whole time in bed with a sore tummy. Lauren also happens to have a notoriously weak constitution, especially when traveling, so we make sure we’re fully stocked.

Here’s a list of all the travel meds we take with us while traveling (generic brand is fine for everything though I’ll try to put the brand name in brackets): 

Over-the-Counter

Anti-nausea meds (Gravol): We buy these in bulk (for real!), since Lauren takes them for every plane journey, and most bus journeys. And car journeys. And definitely boat journeys. She takes them a lot. 

Laxatives (Exlax): Air travel and the food of a new place can definitely put you in a position that a few ex-lax will remedy.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol): Headaches suck. 

Ibuprofen (Advil): I think it’s great to take both Tylenol and Advil, as Advil works better for muscle pain. And that happens all too often while walking around all day with a heavy pack.

Loperamide Hydrocholoride (Immodium): Diarrhea relief. No need to say any more.

Ranitidine Tablets: Acid reducer. You’re eating different things on a different schedule, so packing any meds related to food is a great idea.

Simethicone: Gas relief. Avoid embarrassment!

Tiger Balm: Small in size, great for sore backs. Came in real handy when walking around cities in India. We just put some under our noses to mask the pervasive smell of urine! Hooray!

Antiseptic ointment (Polysporin): Prevent small infections from becoming large infections.

Alcohol wipes 

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Band-Aids of different sizes

Blister Band-Aids: We take these on every trip. You’re often walking so much that you forget the effect it can have on your feet. Invaluable.

Cold medication: A double pack of generic Dayquil/Nyquil is great to take.

Cough Lozenges

Multi-vitamins: While traveling it’s often tough to make sure you’re always eating properly, so take your vitamins!

Water purification tablets: Depends where you are, but something to consider.

Insect Repellent: Make sure it has DEET. We use the Watkins products. 

Sunscreen: We really like the KINeSYS sunscreen spray. Easy to put on, and smells nice. Not greasy either. 

Sewing Kit: We keep this with the med kit just so we don’t lose it. Haven’t had to sewing anything up yet, luckily!

Tweezers & Nail clippers: We have these included with our Swiss Card, but if you don’t have one of those, these are essential. Imagine the annoyance of a hangnail that you just can’t get rid of. For a month. *shudders*

Med bag: We bought a cool bag from Mec to put all the above meds it. It’s red in color which means it’s easy to find and easily identified as medication. It’s much better to put together your own medkit than buy one with stuff you don’t need. We take this thing everywhere.

Doctor Prescribed: 

Broad spectrum anti-biotic: Take these to get rid of travelers diarrhea. Chances are you’ll get it at some point in your travel life, so be prepared.

Malarial meds: Malarone is the type we take. Find out if malaria is a problem in the region you’re traveling.

Altitude sickness meds: Helps prevent altitude sickness, which is a real drag. See if your doc can prescribe these. 


It’s essential to contact your travel health clinic (here are the ones in Canada) or family doctor in order to make sure you have the proper vaccinations as well as proper medications for the region you’re traveling in. Some places require proof of vaccination in order to travel there.

NOTE: For an incredibly extensive travel packing list, check out this one from www.onebag.com

Don't Leave Home Without...

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We would consider camels a luxury item, rather than an essential…

There’s nothing worse than finding yourself half way around the world, and missing an important piece of gear. The following is our list of essentials, and awfully useful things to have on any trip. Remember: everyone travels a bit different, so this is by no means definitive! We’ll also be adding to this list as we think of more things!

Essential Items

Passport: If the place you travel needs a visa, make sure you have that as well.

Other ID: It’s always great to have two forms of picture ID. Don’t forget to scan these, and email them to yourself!

Wad of Cash: US is great, you can trade it for local currency pretty easily

Med kit: When you’re doubled over, you don’t want to go searching around town for meds. Check out this article to see what meds we always bring.

Pocket Knife: Probably used almost everyday, which is why I list it as essential. We travel with one Swiss Army Knife, and one Swiss Card (it has scissors, a knife, tweezers, magnifying glass, and an led light!)

Travel guide: I think travel guides have a bad rap. You don’t have to stay or eat at the places they suggest. At the very minimum a travel guide acts as a collection of vital information about a country (maps, points of interest, emergency contact numbers, where embassies are, train, plane and bus schedules). We never leave home without one! At the moment, our favorite guides are from Lonely Planet. We’ve read a lot of different ones, but Lonely Planet guides seem to have the perfect mix of descriptions and actual meaty content (Hotels to stay at, how to get from one place to another, etc.)

An open mind and heart: Awwww. Sappy, I know. But we really believe it. When you travel, you’ll find yourself in situations where you think “Oh my god! This is so strange! This isn’t how we do things back home!”. Dangerous thinking, my friend. Remember that you’re a guest in their country, and they probably think the things you do are pretty damn strange as well. So approach everything with an open mind and heart, and put all your preconceptions behind you. I promise you’ll have a much more rewarding travel experience if you do that!

Awfully Useful Items

Flashlight and/or head lamp: This almost seems essential, but you could probably survive without it, or at least pick one up wherever you’ve traveled. Head lamps are especially handy if you’ll be walking around in the dark, or want to read somewhere with no electricity.

Base layers: These are thin layers you wear under your clothes. You can get ones that keep you warm, dry, or nice and cool. We haven’t used them yet, but the Helly Hansen ones look especially nice.

Earplugs, eye cover, & neck pillow: When you need to sleep, these are the tools. And believe us, it’s often really hard to sleep on the road, and you’ll be so glad you have these things. We spent a month in India (noisiest place on Earth!) desperately searching for ear plugs. We never found them. 

Great pair of shoes: You’re going to be on your feet A LOT when you travel, so take care of them. There’s nothing worse than being in an amazing place, and all you can think about is how much your feet hurt. For city walking, we’ve really enjoyed Sanuks. For our Peru trip, which involves some more intense terrain, we’ll be wearing Merrels, which are both waterproof and breathable, and have great arch support. Think about the climate where you’ll be traveling, and get shoes to match!

iPhone: We take our iPhone every time we go. We throw some movies on it (lovely for those long bus trips), and music, use it as a clock, alarm, currency converter, and so much more. You can even get phrase books and travel guides to put on there. Small, lightweight, and endless uses. Really the perfect travel gadget!

Scarf/bandana:  The travelers multifunctional accessory. Not only will you look particularly dashing, but it also has so many uses. Like wiping someone else’s vomit off your face on a bus in Rajasthan. I’ll have to tell you that story one day….

Zip top & garbage bags: There are endless uses for these. When in Singapore during a heavy rainstorm we used a garbage bag as a rain cover for our camera. Get creative. 

Duct tape: I think this speaks for itself. Wrap it around a pencil to save space. Right on.

Feel free to share your essential and awfully useful travel items in the comments! We always love to hear what others find helpful on their adventures!

NOTE: For an incredibly extensive travel packing list, check out this one from www.onebag.com

So you got an SLR...Now what??

nowwhatarticle.jpgI was at dinner recently and a someone handed me an SLR they got for Christmas. I quickly realized that all the menu settings were messed up and not set to take pictures properly (in my opinion). It took only a few seconds and I handed the camera back to her with everything optimally set.

I was happy to hear that some people found my article on what camera to buy as a gift helpful. I thought I would do a follow up post quickly explaining how to set up everything! I’ll keep things pretty general, these instructions should apply to most digital SLR cameras. 

RAW vs. JPEG

We shoot RAW because it is the highest quality image format the camera can produce. The RAW files the camera produces are not yet fully processed, they must first be adjusted for color, contrast, sharpness, and other characteristics. You of course can make these adjustments to JPEG files, but you don’t have nearly the same flexibility and the quality is lower compared to RAW regardless of what level of JPEG you shoot.

If you do shoot JPEG because you don’t want, or need, to process RAW files, make sure you have it on the super-fine settings. If you’re shooting RAW you’ll need to process them either using the supplied RAW conversion software, or a program like Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is the program we use and it does a beautiful job. I think you’ll find Lightroom pretty intuitive to use. It will give you the freedom to easily export to JPEG without much work, or you can experiment and fine tune your images exposure, contrast, saturation, sharpness etc.

Color Space

If you have the camera set to shoot JPEG you’ll want to change the color space to Adobe RGB (1998). It may already be selected or it might be set to sRGB. sRGB is a smaller colorspace (less colors) than Adobe RGB (1998) so you’ll want to make sure you’re shooting it in order to maximize colors in prints. If you’re exporting a RAW file from Lightroom into a JPEG make sure you select Adobe RGB (1998) at the export dialog.

A Quick Explanation of Modes

SLRs have a ton of different settings. You’ll often find presets for things like landscape, sports, people etc. You’ll also probably notice Av, Tv, M settings. Obviously you can keep the camera on the Auto setting, or any other preset, but that’s kind of boring and if you’re reading this then you probably want to know a little more!

I would say one of the most comfortable settings starting off is Av or aperture priority. Basically with aperture priority you just select the aperture value and the camera will automatically select shutter speed. You can think of the aperture as the iris of the camera. The more open the aperture is the more light entering the lens, the smaller the f/stop (f/2.8-f/4.0 for example). The more closed the aperture is the less light entering the lens, the higher the f/stop (f/8.0-f/16 for example).

Generally when your taking portraits of people lower aperture values like f/2.8-f/4 help isolate your subject and help them pop out of the photo.

When shooting things like landscapes you might want to shoot in the aperture range of f/8.0-f/16 as this will result in sharper images with as much of the image sharply in focus as possible. I’ll try to tackle shutter priority (Tv) and full manual (M) in subsequent articles. The best is to get started with Av.

Exposure Compensation

If you’re shooting in Av or even some of the manual presets then you’ll want to find the exposure compensation dial. This will allow you to change how bright or dark the image is. The exposure compensation looks like a meter that you can set to either the center, left (darker) or right (brighter). The meter might look up/down or left/right but it shouldn’t be too difficult to spot.

ISO

One last thing. ISO basically controls how sensitive the sensor is. It might be set to Auto which is a good place to start if you don’t want to think about this. If you’d like to take control of ISO then heres what you need to know.

The lower the ISO (100-400 for example) the less sensitive the sensor.

The higher the ISO (800-3200) the more sensitive the sensor.

In bright light you’ll want to shoot lower ISO, and in low-light conditions you’ll want to shoot higher ISOs. The trade off is noise. Higher ISOs tend to be more grainy looking than low ISOs - though this is starting to change with newer cameras.

Focus Point

When you first break your SLR out of the box the focus will probably be set to “all points”. You’ll notice that when you press the shutter release half way down it will lock focus on one or a few of the focus points. Press it all the way down and if you’ve locked focus then the camera will take the photo.

The problem is that on with all points focus the camera might not focus on the subject you want. Heres what you do: change the focus point setting so that the focus is on the center point. You may have to check your manual to figure out how to do this or you might be able to do it by fiddling with the focus buttons.

Once you’ve set the focus to the center point only that focus point will be active. That gives you the ability to point the center focus point over whatever subject you want in focus, press the shutter release button half way down, the camera should lock focus on the center point (which should be over your subject). Now, while still holding the shutter release half way down, recompose the image the way you like, and then press the shutter release the rest of the way down. Now you know how to take full control of what part of your image is in focus! It will take some practice to become intuitive but you’ll get there!

Final Thoughts

Some of the above settings might not be available in menus until you switch the camera from automatic to manual, or aperture priority or shutter priority. 

It might not hurt to take a look through your manual so that you can learn how to change some of the above settings!

Then you can feel free to do a celebratory dance, because you learned more about your camera today! 

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Note: Your dance may or may not look like Lauren’s….

Hope you enjoyed this article! And please feel free to leave any questions or suggestions for future articles in the comments!

Rob