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Shallow Depth of Field

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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.

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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.

A Bokeh of Beauty!

These are my favorite, a beautiful image with a shallow depth of field. A Bokeh of beauty! These photographer’s are amazing. Taking the time to stop and capture the image in the most creative way! The light in the background, the composition – love!

One of the things I love about photography is it helps us slow down, to look around the world we live in and see the beauty that surrounds. Thank-you for sharing these moments with us!

Dirk Wandel

Dirk Wandel

Gill

Gill Harle

Ludica

Ludovica M. B.

Michael Cessna

Michael Cessna

Oskay Batur

Oskay Batur

Rob

Rob

Terzophoto

TERZOPHOTO

Raven Photography

Raven Photography by Jenna Goodwin

johntasaurus

Johntasaurus

Jenny Esposito

Jenny Esposito

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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…

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Inspiring Shallow Depth of Field Photos!

This week on Learn by Doing Photography Assignment we work with our aperture. Trying different apertures to see what the difference between a smaller aperture vs. a larger aperture. I took the weekend to look for a some inspiring shallow Depth of Field Photos, and I found some winners! Be sure to follow their links to check out some of the other amazing photography work!

CMM_456

CMM_456

AzoraPhotography

Azora Photography

Georges Comte

Georges Comte

kzappaster

Kzappaster

shepjen

Jenny Sheppard

Visual Verve

Visual Verve

Ash

Ash @

DimitriDubinin

Dimitri Dubinin

 

Thank-you for sharing your lovely photos!

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Learn By Doing – Focal Length vs DOF

This week we’re experimenting with focal length vs. DOF. I thought the result was pretty cool! Using Aperture Priority, but  leaving the aperture at f/5.6 for both pictures. I took this picture hand held at a coffee shop. This adds to what we have been learning… If you want a shallow depth of field there are three elements that you have to think about:

  1. The focal length of your lens
  2. The distance between you and the subject
  3. The aperture you select

These two pictures were hand held.  I focused on the cup in the first picture at a focal length of 55mm then I simple adjusted the focal length to 18mm without changing any of my settings (except the focal length)

The picture shot at 55mm f/5.6 definitely has a more shallow depth of field!

These are the results to week 6 of Learn By Doing – How does focal length work with depth of field?