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Shallow Depth of Field – LBD Photography

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography #34 Shallow Depth of Field (Bokeh)

This week we’re going to practice capturing a more shallow depth of field. This was one of the hardest concepts for me to understand when I first started. The first part clicked first – Aperture – o.k. if you use a larger aperture you will have a shallow depth of field so f/2.8 will yield a more shallow depth of field compared to a smaller aperture like f/22

The second part took a bit more time to comprehend. You have to know what lens you’re using as well as the relation between yourself and the subject! It takes time to understand and a lot of patience, but after awhile you will start to connect with your lenses. You will start to think that way. You will think I have my 50mm lens on, but my subject is 15 feet in front of me. You will automatically know you’re not going achieve a crazy shallow depth of field with that lens and your subject that far away. So either you need to switch lenses or start walking, move in closer to your subject.

This photograph was taken around 5ish the other evening. Before dinner we drove up the south hills to see what the valley looked like. Right now there are fires burning in the surrounding areas creating a valley of smoke.

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The lock was on the gate in front of me, if I looked up this is what it looked liked to the West of Missoula towards Lolo. The air is thick with smoke right now, you open your front door to the smell of a camp fire. Last night the rains came for a bit, but not enough to put out the fires. Every August smoke fills the air, some years worse than others. When the smoke comes you will find the bridge downtown lined up with people and cameras capturing some pretty spectacular sunsets in the smoke filled haze of the setting sun.

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I found a great video tutorial on Depth of Field!

Goes into excellent detail explaining how to achieve more shallow depth of field in your image. One of the best shallow depth of field explanations I have ever watched about the relation between:

1. Aperture
2. Focal Length
3. Distance between the camera and the subject

And he touches on how your sensor plays a part too…

Remember you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!



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