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How to Focus ⅓ Into a Photo for Deep Depth-of-Field

In Photo Basics by Frank Gallagher9 Comments

  If you’re a landscape photographer, you’ve probably had someone tell you to focus 1/3 of the way into the scene.  It’s one of the many guidelines about photography that have sprung up over time.  Like most guidelines, it doesn’t cover every situation and it’s open to interpretation.  But, a lot of the time it …

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Get Focused! Image Stacking for Maximum Depth of Field

In Features by Rusty Parkhurst5 Comments

One of the primary objectives when making an image is to achieve proper focus to draw attention to a subject or areas of interest.  For some photographs, such as portraits, only the person or people in the image may be in focus.  In other situations, however, it may be preferable that everything in the image …

Self-control with depth-of-field

In Portrait by Jim Harmer8 Comments

I get it.  Depth of field is fun to play with and makes our pictures look amazing, but I’m here to say that more of a good thing is not always better. Look at the image featured on this page of my beautiful wife, Emily.  The depth-of-field adds to this image to make her stand …

Depth of field — it’s more than just aperture!

In Photo Basics by Jim Harmer8 Comments

We all know that the aperture value controls the depth of field, but I am shocked how many intermediate photographers have never learned what other factors also impact depth of field (how much is sharp and how much of the photo is blurred).  In fact, these other factors have as much impact on depth of …

Focus and recompose, or compose and focus?

In Photo Basics by Jim Harmer10 Comments

Portrait photography often means short depth-of-field.  In fact, when the photographer is close to the subject and a low aperture (such as f/1.8) is used, then the depth-of-field an be as short as one inch (3 centimeters?).  Even slight variations in focus can take the focus off the model’s eye and make it slightly blurry. …