It's Week #24: Depth of Field

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 Tips and Tuts:

  • What the f is an aperture? Here’s a good start.
  • Check out Yosef’s Coffee & Critique “Depth of Field” special for a walkthrough on what techniques to use to get varying depths of field
  • To recap:
    Wider aperture (lower number) + longer focal length + standing close to the subject = a shallowerdepth of field (less in focus)
    Narrower aperture (higher number) + shorter focal length + standing further away from your subject = a wider depth of field (more in focus)
  • Check out this great article on depth of field for beginners and this video provides a great visual introduction into depth of field for those interested in a slightly more technical explanation.
  • Whether you want to go shallow or wide, having a handle on your depth of field is an important tool in crafting the composition you want to capture.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our “Focus” albums from 2015 and 2014, as well as “Out of Focus” from 2013!  And as always, check out The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.

Extra Credit: 200mm or longer!

For some extra credit joojoo, try using a zoom lens with a focal length of at least 200mm. This is a great way to get a nice sharp image with a seriously blurred background! Don’t have a lens that reaches 200mm? Try renting or borrowing one!

Check out the Googles for some more inspiration. 


Remember, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges - 2015