Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Photo challenge: Depth of field

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It’s a basic in photography, mastering the depth of field, the part of your photo that will be in focus. It took me years to be able to remember how to do this.

It finally clicked; the lower the Fstop (aperture) number the narrower the depth of field, which creates that wonderful blurry background we all love so much.

In this particular shot I found out that an aperture set at 4 (the lowest this lens will go) was just a little too narrow, I couldn’t get enough of the apple in front in focus for my taste. Going up to 4.5 did the trick for me.

You can find other examples of a narrow depth of field at the original post linked above, or you can see a couple of my favorites here and here.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

11 thoughts on “Photo challenge: Depth of field

  1. Beautiful shot. 🙂

    The technical aspects of photography always confuse me. I can’t even remember what the aperture does and all that. I’ve tried several times to learn it. I always forget.

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    • I could never remember it either, for years. Then I read a digital camera book, the first couple chapters and it clicked. That was the day before I went to a basic camera class (because I had this new camera and I couldn’t figure anything out) and it clicked again. So now I think I have it. The aperture is the size of the opening that lets the light in. The confusing part is that the lower the fstop #, the bigger the hole… so more light is let in. But I started with just the concept that the lower the fstop # the less depth of field.

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  2. Great shot. My first DOF picture was of fruit. You’ve inspired me to try a photo challenge again. I enjoy your pictures.

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  3. “…for my taste.” I love a good pun. DOF…I struggle trying to remember all this stuff. I really need to buckle down and figure it out. Granny Smith are my favorite apples. Great photo, Dawn.

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  4. Thanks for the refresher, Dawn. I took photography back in college and loved it, but when you don’t have an SLR camera anymore, you forget things. Great capture!

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  5. I need to spend more time with my camera and get off of automatic:)

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  6. I really must learn how to use the settings on my Nikon. I let the automatic lens do its thing and I just zoom in or out. 🙂

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