Depth of Field 2


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 field

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