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LIFE:CAPTURED began in August 2013 when we held our first full-day workshop at RAW Space in Sydney, Australia. Our mission is to help people document their stories and create tangible keepsakes to be treasured for generations to come. We offer intensive design, photography, and memory keeping workshops, as well as interactive online classes. We are advocates of honest photography, minimalist design, and memory keeping that's simple, beautiful, and tangible. We are the pioneers of the story book, and we offer flexible templates that enable everybody to tell their story. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. LIFE:CAPTURED was founded by Rhonda Mason (of the Pink Ronnie blog) and Trish Chong (of Tealily Photography).

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The official blog of LIFE:CAPTURED Inc, the modern school of memory keeping. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. We blog about design, photography, and how you can preserve your story with timeless, tangible keepsakes.

For the love of imagery: Blur on purpose


| Written by Ronnie |

For the longest time, I thought all blurry photos were bad photos. Then, of course, I learnt how to create bokeh effects on my smartphone, and I soon realised that blurry can be both fun and artistic. 

However, it was only when I started shooting with my Fujifilm x100s that I truly learnt the beauty of blurring certain frames.

The effect is simple to achieve: You simply bring your frame into focus, then manually adjust the lens to bring it out of focus. Depending on the effect that you are after, you can blur as little or as much as you wish.

Personally, I think that blurring imagery in this manner creates something akin to a painting, and the result can be almost ethereal.

Often, I take two versions of the one frame: I take a sharp, crisp version to include in our family's life album or photo books, and then I create a blurred version for my personal archives—the latter often ends up on my personal blog along with words from my journal.

Yes, blurry can be beautiful, so why not try and blur on purpose today?


You can read the other posts in this series here.

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