What Is Depth Of Field In Photography?

Depth of field is one of the most important things to master if you want to learn how to take great photographs.

Generally speaking Depth Of Field refers to the area of an image that is in focus. Shallow depth of field means the part of the image that is in focus is very narrow where wide depth of field means a larger portion of the frame is in focus.

For example in a portrait you might want a nice soft blurry background. In this case you would use shallow depth of field so that only your subject is in focus and everything else is out of focus. Conversely if you wanted to photograph some flowers and a mountain in the same image you would want very wide depth of field to ensure everything is in focus. In fact as a general rule most landscape photos use very wide depth of field.

Here is an excellent video on the subject of DOF:

Here is an excellent video on the subject of DOF:

Here is an excellent video on the subject of DOF:

Here is an in depth look at the subject of DOF:

Here is another simple video explaining DOF when all else is equal:

Here is a video showing how to create DOF with an iPhone:

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