by Elaina Cowdell, quick tip writer for Rock My Photography
Understanding Depth of Field (DOF) is important in getting the creative results you’d like in portrait & macro photography. When you use a shallow DOF, a low f-stop such as 1.4 -2.8, you can help draw attention to a specific area in your image and actually isolate it from the rest of the background. Experiment by taking a series of images and alternate the aperture value (f-stop) for each image. Then compare your images to see the difference a shallow DOF can make. Remember that using a low f-stop brings in more light and increasing it will decrease the light. To adjust for this you will need to also change your Shutter Speed and/or ISO.
- Want to share your experiment results? Go to our group page and post your image with the title “Tuesdays Quick Tip – DOF”
- To learn how to shoot at a shallow depth of field please visit this great tutorial.
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