Shoot­ing wide open

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Andy says… “The ben­e­fit to us­ing a small depth of field is that the back­ground is thrown com­pletely out of fo­cus, which cre­ates the pro­fes­sional look. The longer the lens you use, the smaller your depth of field be­comes. When us­ing lenses of 200mm and above wide open, there is a real art to keep the sub­ject sharp. I would rec­om­mend prac­tic­ing your fo­cus­ing tech­nique when shoot­ing wide open on these lenses.

“Try us­ing this tech­nique for cy­cling pho­tog­ra­phy, es­pe­cially when shoot­ing head-on. An ex­am­ple would be when shoot­ing the fin­ish line of a cy­cling road race. Shoot wide open with your ex­po­sure and fo­cus on the win­ner. The other cy­clists be­hind him will be thrown out of fo­cus, con­cen­trat­ing your eye on the most im­por­tant part of the im­age – the win­ner. The chal­lenge here is the small depth of field, which makes your fo­cus­ing crit­i­cal. Make sure you keep the fo­cus point on the win­ning cy­clist’s face or chest.”

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