One Shot: Shallow Depth of Field

July 9, 2010

 In order to achieve SDF, take these 3 steps:

  1. Set your camera to a low aperature/f-stop. An f-stop of 5.6 and below will be best;  however the lower you go the more the foreground there will be that is out of focus.
  2. Change your ISO and shutter speed accordingly. Depending on the amount of available light you are shooting with, you will want to adjust your other exposure settings. If you have your f-stop open wide on a very sunny day, there is a high risk of overexposing your image so you’ll want to either lower your ISO and/or lower your shutter speed. For a dim room, you’ll want to do the opposite to prevent underexposure.
  3. Zoom in or get closer to your subject. Your camera may mistaken your subject as the background if you are not close enough so don’t be afraid to approach it closer.
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