Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Deep DOF and diffraction artifacts, part of Foundations of Photography: Lenses.
To capture a really deep depth of field you use a smaller aperture, bigger-up number. …This should be basic exposure theory that you're already comfortable…with as well as an understanding that where you focus when you're trying to…shoot deep depth of field matters. We covered this earlier.…I want to talk to you now about how after a point closing your aperture down…might actually soften your image a little bit due to an optical phenomena…and called diffraction.…Basically it works like this. As you close the aperture down to a smaller hole,…when the light gets squeezed through that hole, it gets diffractive, knocked…around a little bit, and it ends up getting softened.…
It doesn't focus as sharply as it should.…Now, what we're about to demonstrate and show is a pretty finicky level of sharpness.…Sharpness is a very subjective thing.…Opticians typically refer to it as acceptable sharpness, meaning everyone has…a different idea of what's sharp and what's not.…Sharpness and how much it matters also depends on how you're outputting.…
- Understanding field of view and camera position
- Depth of field and lens choice
- How to choose a lens
- Examining lens features
- Using specialized lenses such as fisheye and tilt/shift lenses
- Focusing techniques
- Using filters
- Camera maintenance
Skill Level Beginner
Foundations of Photography: Exposurewith Ben Long3h 24m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Photography: Compositionwith Ben Long5h 29m Intermediate
Douglas Kirkland on Photography: A Photographer's Eyewith Douglas Kirkland41m 55s Appropriate for all
2. What Is a Lens?
3. Focal Length, Camera Position, and Composition
4. Depth of Field
5. Choosing a Lens
6. Advanced Autofocus
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