I'm a beginner photography student and have an assignment to demonstrate shallow depth of field, is this photograph good? Thanks for your help
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Its a good photograph but I don't think it shows DoF as well as it could. You don't really know if there's 1 foot in focus or 20 feet in focus due to the distance of the background.
Dec 19, 2008 17:20 as a reply to Jeff's post |
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Ditto 2. But I'd try shooting a face with eyes sharp nose and ears soft ... etc
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I think you would want something with both the foreground and background out of focus, leaving just a small margin in focus (in which to put your subject). Here's what I mean. The photo isn't very good (bird is a bit soft), but it does demonstrate shallow DOF pretty well I think.
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But save that photo for the assignment on bokeh...
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Thanks everyone although I did have to look up bokeh. I thought I understood as I did these other 2 during the week but figured the doh wasn't accurate for the assignment and thought I nailed it (although the ring shot is kind of like the bird one). I will try again. I'll included the 2 I was talking about. I will keep working on it...thanks.
Dec 19, 2008 21:25 as a reply to myarc06's post |
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San Antonio, TX - USA
Try a newspaper or a book....find a line/passage/word you like and focus on that with the lens stopped up to the lowest (numerical) fstop your lens is capable of and focus on the part of the print you've selected.
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Try something with a background that is continuous with the foreground. The mistake (in my opinion, of course) that you're doing is having an object against a blurred background. Something like a street or anything with some perspective might look good.
My assingment states to do this: Your subject should fill most of the frame, but some of the background should also be visible. Choose a location in which the background is busy and would be distracting if it were in focus, do not use a featureless background.
What you are describing here as your assignment is not to 'demonstrate shallow depth of field.' You just want a nice bokeh...
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How about some interesting sign (has to be very interesting) filling in most of the frame, but with a street in view, people and cars and whatnot, but all blurred? Ok, I just got stuck with this street idea, sorry. Hehe
Sorry for the confusion.
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