Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Intentional blur and bokeh, part of Learn Photography: Autofocus.
- Sometimes you might find that the best focus…for a photographic image is no focus at all.…And that's exactly what we're gonna take a look at here.…I have a subject before me,…a set of lights that are illuminated.…An interesting subject to be sure.…In this case, that happens to be my key subject,…it's all that I'm photographing.…This could also be a backdrop for some other subject,…but I wanna explore the possibilities,…and in this case, the motivation for capturing images…that are in many cases completely out of focus all together.…
Let's take a look here.…I'll go ahead and with the live view display…I'm going to preview my depth of field.…So I'll enable the depth of field preview,…I've stopped the lens down all the way to F 22,…the minimum aperture size for this particular lens,…I've framed up a set of lights,…and now I'm getting maximum depth of field.…I could fine-tune my focus to make sure…that as much of the scene as possible is in crisp,…sharp focus.…And you can probably appreciate that this creates…essentially just a mess of wires and lights.…
Photographer and educator Tim Grey explores these questions and more in this exploration of focus and autofocus. And because sharpness isn't everything, Tim also details scenarios where blur can have more impact.
- What is focus?
- Calculating depth of field
- Looking at focus limitations
- Employing autofocus one shot vs. continuous
- Using manual focus
- Setting and choosing focus points
- Controlling depth of field
- Using intentional blur and bokeh
- Finding focus while panning