The Types of Elements Used to Create an Effective Photo


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Depth of field and bokeh

As I have mentioned before, depth of field is the third dimension of composition. With it you guide your viewer to what you think is important. How you use it also affects the message in your photograph. To demonstrate, I've set up a simple still life in the studio. I have connected my camera to the monitor, so that you can see in real time what my camera is seeing. Remember that focal length, aperture, and distance to the subject determines depth of field.

For the demonstration, I'll be using a 100 macro lens and varying the aperture and distance to the subject. I'll be taking several photos. Now you'll see we have a rather unique background here that will come into play later in this movie when we talk about bokeh. For our first shot, I want a great depth of field, so I will be shooting an f/22 from 10 feet away. Everything is sharp in the frame, including the flowers and the background.

Now my aperture is 2.8, and I will take another shot. You can see the background is a ...

Depth of field and bokeh
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