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Control Depth of Field in Your Photographs

Control Depth of Field in Your Photographs

Depth of field is one of the most important aspects of creating fine art photographs. The exposure triangle teaches us that we can adjust our shutter speed and our ISO to balance any changes we make to our Aperture, enabling us to create our desired depth of field. There are times, though, when you’ll find
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Aperture Priority

What is Aperture Priority and How Do You Use Aperture Priority?

Do you want to have more control over your exposures but are overwhelmed with shooting manually? The Aperture Priority setting is just what you need. Aperture Priority is the second most used camera setting on my Canon 5D Mark II. My usual setting is Manual, second choice is Aperture Priority and my third most frequently
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Fun with Bokeh

Bokeh Photography

Bokeh is the out of focus area in a photograph. I’m not going to go into the technical parts of bokeh. Instead, I’m going to look at a fun way to play with bokeh in your photography.

5 Ways Depth of Field Preview Can Save Your Photograph

Depth of Field Preview

When composing a photograph, it’s important to know what elements are in focus and what aren’t. That’s where the Depth of Field preview button helps!

Quick Tips to Better Landscape Photography

Tips to Improve Your Photography

6 quick and easy tips to consider when photographing in the outdoors. Take your photography to the next level!

5 Tips to Improve Your Photography

These compositional tips may be helpful in making the subject stand out.

Back to the Basics: Aperture / F-stop part 2

Exposure Triangle: Aperture

If you want your foreground, middle ground and background to all be in focus, then you should choose a smaller aperture (f/16, f/22). If you want to replicate the effect of your photo that had just the foreground in focus, then try f/4 or f/2.8.

Back to the Basics: Aperture / F-stop

Exposure Triangle: Aperture

When shooting in lower light, you need a larger aperture setting on your camera (larger hole). When shooting in brighter light, you need a smaller aperture setting (smaller hole). Changing the size of the hole controls the amount of light that hits the sensor / film. Aperture is measured by f-stops. You may have seen them written this way: f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11 f/16, etc

Control Depth of Field with F-stops, lens selection and distance to subject

Depth of Field

At its simplest, Depth of Field (DOF) is the area that’s in focus in a photograph, from near ground to background. There are several ways to control your DOF:

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