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Learn by Doing Photography – Shallow Depth of Field

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 Assignment #11 Shallow Depth of Field

This week we’re talking about Shallow Depth of Field. I remember when I first heard the term, it took me awhile to really understand the full impact of how powerful this can be. Now what is “Shallow Depth of Field” -> When you selectively focus on one thing in the image and let the rest of the image go “out of focus”

For the image below I was focused on the swing at f/4.0 using a focal length of 105mm. The best way to really understand shallow depth of field is to stand in one spot  and try all your different aperture settings. start at f/2.8 – f/ 5.6 – f/8 -f/11 etc. Now step away from you subject and try it again see what is in focus and what isn’t in focus.  Try it with different lenses, move in close, step away from your subject. See how your lenses work on your camera.


The 3 things that control depth of field:

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

I found this video tutorial by Mark Wallace that is excellent explaining the 3 values that control depth of field.

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