Depth of field

Amateur Photographer - - Your Letters -

Within the first week of my ap­pren­tice­ship as a Royal Air Force pho­tog­ra­pher in 1966, we were taught that the cor­rect view­ing dis­tance of a twodi­men­sional work of art, like a pho­to­graph or paint­ing, is be­tween twice and six times the di­ag­o­nal of the ob­ject in or­der to ap­pre­ci­ate the mes­sage. If viewed too close you will only see the de­tail; if too far you will be dis­tracted by the sur­round­ings. Any pho­to­graph will ap­pear un­sharp if viewed close enough. Where does the viewer stop to in­spect the sharp­ness of a pho­to­graph? A mag­ni­fy­ing glass? A mi­cro­scope? Or a scan­ning elec­tron mi­cro­scope? Many judges are too fix­ated about the tech­ni­cal de­tail of pho­to­graphs and fail to en­joy the sto­ries in them. John Hey­wood

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.