Depth of Field - Used as a creative tool

Depth of Field - Used as a creative tool

Knowing how depth of field will affect your image, will help you in reaching your goal for the look you're going for.

LOWER DEPTH OF FIELD

Benefits of lower depth of field

  • Can help create an artistic look
  • Can blur unsavory backgrounds
  • focuses the viewer’s eye to the subject you're photographing
  • Can be used in low light situations

Pitfalls of lower depth of field

  • Harder to focus on moving subjects
  • More likely to blurs things that you might want in focus
  • Possibly causes your shutter to go higher than your syncable flash speed

HIGHER DEPTH OF FIELD

Benefits of higher depth of field

  • More of your subject will be in focus
  • Easier to focus on moving objects

Pitfalls of higher depth of field

  • only possible with a lot of light (available or flash created)
  • not as many artistic looks possible
  • Can possibly cause your shutter speed to go too low, which can cause camera/subject shake
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