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Sharpness And Blur Under Control


Blurred backgrounds often look wonderful in people portraits. Sharp backgrounds often look good in outdoor scenery photos. But you can't always seem to make the right background happen at the right time!

In this meetup we will discuss the controls you can use on your camera to get sharpness where you want it, and blur where you want it.  Not all cameras are made alike, so methods vary from one type of camera to another. We'll discuss the variables and what you can do about them. And we will PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE with hands-on demonstrations.

We'll also demonstrate how to get the sharpest view through your camera's  viewfinder so you'll see your subject more clearly while you are viewing through the lens.

Autofocus modes can also be confusing so we'll give an overview of which modes are useful at which times. Again, not all cameras have the same autofocus modes, so we will check each camera and include it in the overview.

Finally, we'll take a look in the menu systems of the DSLR-style cameras to see which ones have built-in FOCUS ADJUSTMENT tools to customize autofocus operation.

Please note: There's no charge for the meeting, but donations are welcome to keep the meetings (and PG&E) going. Thanks for your concern and consideration. 

If you sign up, please PROMPTLY CHANGE YOUR RSVP if your plans change. I shall drop members from the group who choose not to comply with this request. 

Thanks for your consideration,


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  • Shiela

    excellent learning and instructions, Len has a knack for making the class fun and interesting. He is generous with sharing his knowledge which runs many years in digitial and non digital photography

    June 11, 2014

  • Swamy R.

    I was waitlisted and towards 7, I realized I got a seat confirmed... couldn't make it cause I made other plans.

    Look forward to the the class on Histogram tomorrow

    May 28, 2014

  • Mike B.

    Another great class , Len used props to explain it, then we used our cameras to see the differences. Now I get it. :-}

    May 28, 2014

  • Ej

    Absolutely informative meeting.. Len knows everything about photography and knows how to convey them..

    May 28, 2014

  • Felipe R.

    Hi Len does any one cancel?

    May 27, 2014

    • KK

      I won't be coming, just changed my RSVP.

      May 27, 2014

  • Brian F.

    Im so bummed out. I was so looking forward to this meetup. I can't make it tonight. Have fun everyone. :-(

    May 27, 2014

  • Gina Yayai Y.

    Hello! I will take this class too,so excited !

    1 · May 22, 2014

  • Pam H.

    I hope you can offer the class another time. I can't make it on the 27th.

    May 21, 2014

    • Len C.

      Yes, this will repeat.

      May 21, 2014

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