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How shallow should you be?

By now, you should be getting comfortable with the idea that you don't always want everything in your frame in focus. But shooting with a shallow depth of field is a great way to bring more attention to your subject. Depth of field can also sometimes bring a less harsh, dreamier atmosphere to a shot. But when it comes time to shoot shallow depth of field, it can be very tempting to simply open your aperture up as far as it will go and start shooting. However, depending on the speed of your lens--that is, depending on how wide its aperture can open--this may not be the best idea. There are two possible issues when you are shooting wide.

First, if you are shooting with a very wide aperture, your depth of field can go shallow enough that it can be difficult to ensure focus where you want it. For example, in this image, which I shot at f1.2, the depth of field is so shallow that if I focus on one eye, the other eye is out of focus. This is an extremely shallow depth of field that can be ...

How shallow should you be?
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