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Learn by Doing Photography – Shallow Depth of Field

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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.

Beautiful use of Depth of Field

This week on Learn by Doing Photography Assignment we are practicing with our Depth of Field. Trying to guess what will be in focus or out of focus before you even take the picture. I still find it amazing you can creatively pick your DOF exactly how you want it, right out of the camera! I went looking for some inspirational examples to help when I came across these beautiful photos! Be sure to follow their link and see some of their work! Thanks for sharing!

Trang Le

Astrid van Veen

Andreas van Beek

Hannes Ambrosch

Out & About in Montana

Matt Eastham


Sergio Cabezas

Murtaza Mahmud

dude,walking,on (in ☮)’s

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Depth of Field (DOF) – Learn by Doing Photography

Week #48 Take any picture, but think about your DOF before you take it.

Think about what you want in focus and what you don’t want in focus. For my picture I set up my tripod, set the camera to f/4 on Aperture Priority and took the first picture.

For this second picture the only thing I changed was I raised the tripod. By raising the viewing angle the spread of my depth of field moved to a broader area of the picture. What this shows is your DOF is not just about Aperture, but distance and angle as well.

Depth of Field depends on many factors – camera type, aperture, distance between your camera and the subject. The best way to understand depth of field is to practice.

I found this excellent video explaining DOF by Dylan Bennett. He explains what it means, how it works and how to control it! Everything you need to know about DOF is in this video, nicely done!

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