Depth of Field
The area of Focus
Definition-the area, other than the
subject, that is in focus.
• Great Depth of Field
• Most everything in focus
• When everything is important
• Use a small aperture like f-16
• Shallow Depth of Field
• Only part of image in focus
• To avoid mergers and busy backgrounds
• To isolate the subject
• Use a large aperture like 2.8
Shallow Depth of Field
Great Depth of Field
How to Control Depth of Field
• Aperture-smaller opening gives greater depth of
• Distance from camera to subject-closer to the
subject less area of focus
• Focal length-( lens size) longer focal length
decreases the depth of field
Still Life with Eggs
• Use odd numbers
• Break up negative space
• Avoid cute or silly ideas
• Use natural light
• Watch the camera angle
• Try an objective and a non-objective approach
• Objective-known recognizable objects
• Non-objective-not objects; just shapes
Objective Approach
• Karen Dillon
• Johnny Estes
Courtney Longino
LFS Graduate
• Mandy Dolezal
Gabe Hopkins
Non-Objective Approach
Sandy Messler
Matt Kappleman
Derek Prater
Alexa Malik
• Set up a still life with eggs
• Set the lighting
• Shoot with a small aperture opening (f-16) to get
great depth of field
• Plan the composition :
• Focal point-use the rule of thirds
• Balance of positive and negative space

Depth of Field 2