Stay­ing shal­low

Shal­low depth of field is of­ten used to sep­a­rate a sub­ject from its back­ground, but there’s more to it than that...

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The stan­dard use of depth of field is when a spe­cific area needs to be sharp, but no more, as in a head-and-shoul­ders por­trait with an out-of-fo­cus back­ground. In this case a medium tele­photo lens was an ob­vi­ous choice, both for flat­ter­ing proportions and for the rel­a­tively shal­low depth of field at this dis­tance, which sep­a­rates the head from the back­ground. The im­por­tant zone in a por­trait is from the tip of the nose to the ears, typ­i­cally a lit­tle less than 20cm. At this dis­tance, f/1.4 gave the right depth of field when fo­cused on the eyes.

When you’re pho­tograph­ing faces, the area from the tip of the nose to the ears should usu­ally be kept sharp

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