Posts Tagged 'Depth of Field'

Depth of Field – In beginner speak “The Blury Background”

This is the first in a series of posts where I am going to try to explain some of the basic concepts of photography in “beginner speak”. If you like the concept, have anything to add, any futher questions or want to suggest another topic then let me know. Either add a comment below or email me.

If you have delved into the world of photography you will no doubt have come across the term “Depth of Field” or DoF. If not you’ll have seen some really great shots with the subject in pin sharp focus with a smooth blured back ground behind it. The ability to control and manipulate this affect is one of the most important aspects of photography. Depth of Field is the portion of an image that is in sharp focus. Controling the amount of a photo that is in focus is important for almost every shot from sweeping landscapes, where the whole scene needs to be sharp, to a headshot where only the subjects features need be in focus and anything else would be distracting.

River of Fire @ Sheffield Station

Large DoF

Dark Buttercup

Small DoF

 
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My First Photo

Whilst I was doing my research of whether to by a DSLR or not I stumbled upon (although not via stumble upon!) a fantastic photo blog called Digital Photography School. It had loads of beginers tips and also a forum. In the forum they run weekly photo assignments amoungst other things (I’ll probably post about the wonders of posting in forums later). Participating in these mini challenges is great way to “encourage” yourself to get out and shoot.

It just so happened that the assignment they were running the day my new camera arrived was called “Depth of Field“. From my research I knew that this was to do with the blurry background stuff I knew my fancy new camera was capable of. It was raining outside so I searched the house for something creative to snap away at and found a salt and peper pot that looked like ghostly figures. My plan was to focus on “the salt” with “the peper”¬†looking all ghostly in the background due to the shallow depth of field (blurry back ground). This is what I got:

Ghostly Figures

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I am an amatuer photographer living in Sheffield, England. My blog will detail my photography journey, from fumbling beginer to, hopefully one day, competant and knowledgeable photographer

By sharing my experince hopefully I can help every one else with the same goals and maybe, just maybe impart some of the knowledge I have leaned

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