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Photographer's Tip - Depth of Field


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#1 Steven Nikkila

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:38 PM

The photography term 'Depth of Field' refers to how much of the photograph is in focus. Depth of field is achieved by using the aperture (f-stop, the opening in the lenses that lets the light hit the film plane/sensor to create the photo). The smaller the aperture the more depth of field. The depth of  field in the photo below is shallow or narrow, only a little of the flower (Cherokee Sunset dogwood)  is truly in sharp focus.

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The photo below has deeper depth of field, more of the flower is in focus. When taking close-ups like this the depth of field is going to be narrow even at the smallest aperture opening.

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Here's a part of a handout that I have for the Photography classes I give that helps explain f-stop.

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#2 Margaret Thele

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 07:37 PM

Thanks Steven - your photography tips are great!


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