Join Steve Simon for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding how depth of field affects an image, part of Learning to Critique Photos.
- Depth of field.…Whether to choose selective focus…or great depth of field, this is a…powerful decision we make as photographers…that has a profound effect on the success of our images,…how much of our photo to keep in focus.…In this image here in Fes I opted…for a lot of depth of field because…I wanted everything to be in focus,…from the foreground to the background.…I wanted the viewer to see what I saw,…the incredible architecture here…in Fes, Morocco, and because everything…is sharp you have time and room to sort of…look through and discover little…details within the photograph.…
Conversely, this is the opposite.…This is selective focus.…Here I'm shooting close to wide open…and because of it I've chosen on what to focus,…and that is this woman here.…I thought that she was beautiful, for one.…I thought that she was very expressive,…so I decided to make her the main…focal point of the picture.…One way to do that is to use selective focus,…a very wide aperture, I'm close to wide open,…and by doing that, everything else…
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