How to Use Depth of Field Preview With the Nikon D800


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Using depth of field preview

Just like your eye, your camera's lens has an aperture in it that can open and close to let in more or less light. When the aperture is more open, you get shallower depth of field; when it's more closed, you get deeper depth of field. This is all explained in detail in Foundations of Photography: Exposure. Obviously, as the aperture closes, less light gets into the camera, so by default, the camera always leaves its aperture wide open so that when you look through the viewfinder you see a nice bright image. Even if you've dialed in a very small aperture for shooting, when you look through the viewfinder, you're still looking through a wide-open aperture to ensure that you can see your scene clearly.

When you finally press the Shutter button, the camera closes its iris down to your chosen aperture setting. Because the aperture in your camera is always wide open when you're looking through it, you're not necessarily seeing the true depth of field that you'll see ...

Using depth of field preview
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Using depth of field preview provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Ben Long as part of the Shooting with the Nikon D800

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