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The next time you're looking at a photograph ask yourself this. What is it that I'm drawn to first? Typically, it's one of three things. It's either focus or brightness or an area of color. One of the things that we are most drawn towards is focus. Focus and blur they really matter, because this is how our eye sees the world. If you hold up your hand or maybe your finger in front of you and focus in on that finger what you'll notice is that the background is completely blurry.
But then you can also shift your focus. You can look at the background and then your finger or your hand will be blurry. So what's blurry or what's in focus is really all about what we are drawn in towards. In still photography this is incredibly important. And again it's important because this is how we perceive our world. Take this, for example. Let's say then I'm walking home from work, and I walk up to the front door of my house. Well, as I'm walking up the entire house is in focus. I'm kind of taking in the entire scene. Nothing is really that interesting.
But then all of a sudden my five year old daughter, she opens the door and she starts running towards me. Well, my focus, it shifts, because she matters. And then as she jumps into my arms, and as I look at her eyes, that's all that I can really see. My focus is zeroed in on that element. So in still photography one of the things that we can do is we can work with focus and blur to change the way that people look at our photographs. And that's exactly what we're going to look at in this chapter.
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