I love pictures where the subject is in focus and everything behind it is blurry. It’s my personal preference.
The sharpness of a picture, or how much of a picture is in focus, is called depth of field. The depth of field is controlled using your aperture, specifically your f-stop. The smaller the f-stop number, the more the background of your picture will be blurred.
Take a look at these two pictures:
Shallow depth of field: f 1.8
Wider depth of field: f 5.6 (still a little blurry in the background, but not as much so)
Some people like for the entire picture to be in focus (like the second picture). I prefer the first. Which one do you like better?
You might be thinking, “That’s all fine and good, but how do I control the depth of field???”
Here ya go:
When you set your camera on “AV” (Aperture Value) or “A” Mode (Aperture Priority) depending on which camera you have, this allows you to control only the aperture and lets the camera figure out everything else. Because I love a shallow depth of field, this is my favorite setting to shoot with.
To get a shallow depth of field, your f-stop will be smaller (like the 1.8 in the first photo above), which allows more light to come in. To sharpen more of your picture, you’ll want to use a higher f-stop (like the 5.6 in the second photo or even higher because even that picture still isn’t all the way sharp).
*Please note: Some cameras and lenses do not allow your f-stop to go below 4. I was using a 50mm lens (my absolute favorite…I rarely take it off). This lens is stationary and does not zoom, but the lighting in the photos it takes is beautiful.
Any questions??? I’ll try to answer them, but no guarantees. :)
Did you miss Part 1? Go here.
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