Join Steve Simon for an in-depth discussion in this video How focus affects the impression of the image, part of Learning to Critique Photos.
- Well, we've learned to recognize how the subtlety…of shutter speeds to freeze or blur our image…has much to do with its success.…We saw how powerful a force for good…photos with lots of depth of field can be;…or its opposite, selective focus,…which minimizes depth of field…and forces the eye to the sharp focal point of the picture.…Another focus factor is where…within the frame you choose to focus;…because the focused area draws the viewers' eyes towards it…and can affect how the viewer perceives that image.…
Making a wrong choice here can have…a detrimental weakening effect on the photo,…even change its meaning.…In a picture like this,…you can see that everything's in focus,…so there's no real issue here.…With images with lots of depth of field,…you want to have everything in focus, so obviously,…it's going to rely on the light and the composition…to move the viewers' eyes within the frame.…But where it really comes into play, the focused area,…is more in selective-focus situations, like in this image,…of this woman at a country fair,…
Join Steve Simon as he deconstructs images through critique. Grow your awareness of the impact your choices make on the interpretation of an image. Enhance your command of shutter speed, depth of field, focal plane, and more, to help convey a specific meaning. Learn how to study, review, and analyze images, sharpening your photographic eye and expanding your visual vocabulary.
- Identifying strong photographs
- Deconstructing images
- Understanding the impact of shutter speed, focus, and depth of field
- Interpreting the visual weight of an image
- Evaluating the lighting
- Determining whether to convert an image to black and white
- Changing the meaning of an image by cropping
- Timing and the moment
- Designing in the image
- Developing a visual vocal vocabulary