Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with shallow depth of field, part of Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses.
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In the last movie we looked at how a long lens really compresses the sense of depth…in a scene and how you can use that to create very different compositions.…We're going to work with that again here, but we're also going to take a look at depth of field.…We've pulled Greg out from in front of the Golden Gate Bridge and dropped him into this polo field.…And what I want to do here is play up the shallow depth of field that I can get with…my long lens and combine that with some of the depth compression to create an environment…and a sense of space in the scene that I just can't get with a wide lens.…
So I'm up pretty close to him here because this is very often how it is when you're hanging…out with somebody and you decide to take their picture: you're usually standing pretty close…when that moment happens and so you tend to work with shorter focal lengths, even if you…have a very long lens on your camera.…So I'm at 100 mm. Greg is standing up here in the bleachers. I'm going to take his picture.…
The course begins with a look at several common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters. The course then explores ultra-wide angle and fisheye lenses as well as ultra-long telephoto and macro lenses. The course concludes with a look at tilt-shift lenses, which are useful for architectural photography and special effects, and at offbeat lenses, such as Lensbaby and Holga attachments.
The course also contains Photoshop postproduction advice and examples that illustrate the creative possibilities that an expanded lens collection provides. And because some specialty lenses are extremely expensive, the course also contains advice on renting gear.