Indy Photo Coach 8:07pm, 19 May 2009
Actually this is a pretty technical subject which can be understood somewhat easily. Depth of field is basically how much of your photo will be in focus. It is determined by aperture, your distance from the subject, and the lens you're using. If you want shallow DOF use a long fast lens (like an 85 @f1.8)and stand close- if you want more DOF use a shorter focal length and stop down the lens (like a 50mm @ f8) and stand further away.

I almost always want shallow DOF, but its completely up to you and your vision for the photo. If you shoot landscapes or cityscapes, you may want a long DOF. So this week spend a bit of time exploring DOF- you may want to do a search online for more information :)

* Check out your lenses- which are the fastest (you want to stay in the f1.8 or f2.8 for shallow DOF unless you are really close)
* Find one subject and try some different apertures- look at your results- which do you like best?
* With the same subject try some shots closer and further- see how they are different
* If you have access to a tilt shift lens or a lensbaby give those a try too (

By David Horton
GillianSpring Posted 9 years ago. Edited by GillianSpring (member) 9 years ago
simplicity of the past...
just took this over the weekend.....I'm addicted to shallow depth of field! (85mm 1.8)
In fact I remember this was my first question in my Indy Photo Coach class..."how do i get that blurry background?" Who knew it could be so simple?
Trevor Warren Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Trevor Warren (admin) 9 years ago
Depth of Field
Valerie Everett 9 years ago
Hawthorn M. PRO Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Hawthorn M. (member) 9 years ago
Presidential Portraits

I have some nice fast lenses I've been playing with...

Presidential Portraits
moostang78 9 years ago

Yellow Buds



Church Arches

Chicago Theater2

I tend to like the short DoF more apparently. I don't have many long DoF photos :o)
scubasteven74 9 years ago
Used a lensbaby composer to catch this shot. Also use Lightroom to give the photo a "Ralph Lauren Catalog" feel

jameswlietz 9 years ago

Stuck at work with a camera and this happened.
nathanrhoades PRO 9 years ago
IMG_5635 by nathanrhoades

IMG_5625 by nathanrhoades

IMG_5610 by nathanrhoades

IMG_5601 by nathanrhoades
brash recess [deleted] 9 years ago
This was taken at about 2'0 from Tauvie and eye level with a canon 50mm @f1.8
Serprise Tauvie
agnisflugen 9 years ago
wow! all of these examples are so good! i feel sort of unworthy posting after them....i'm not very good at Dof...all too often i am unable to conjure up the skill at will, and for every photo i am able to produce bearing the technique there are 25 other photos of the same subject in various states of unblurry recognition...hahahaaha! oh well. i just gotta keep praticing i reckon, and save my money up for one of them fancy schmancy cameras some day.....


weathered table and worn out conversation.

kick ass bug,

i reckon i was lichen it.

thomas j mc Posted 9 years ago. Edited by thomas j mc (member) 9 years ago
polarizer and cap-01633 by thomas j mc

I took this shot while cleaning my camera and thought it would be a good example of dof
thomas j mc 9 years ago
lights-1-2 by thomas j mc
brash recess [deleted] 9 years ago
Light in the dark
photo_salinas 9 years ago
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