Understanding Depth of Field with Terry White

By on 2014-03-31

In photography, depth of field can be the difference between an average and an exceptional image. Depth of field is the distance between the nearest and farthest objects that appear sharp (in focus) in an image. Westcott Top Pro elite photographer and educator Terry White  discusses the importance of depth of field in the photography quick tip.

By focusing on the detail in the Modern Vintage Backdrop behind this beautiful model, you can see how greatly an aperture settings can effect an image. An aperture setting  increases or decreases the size of hole in which light enters your camera. These settings, known as f-stops, not only increase or decrease the brightness of your images, but also increase and decrease the depth of field. The smaller the hole allowing light to enter, the shorter the depth of field will become. You can decrease the focus on the background by simply moving the backdrop further away from your subject or by lower your f-stop. The below images show common stops, or settings, between f1.4 and f 5.6. Typical camera lenses having aperture setting between f3.5 and 5.6. However, higher-end lenses often are able to be set much lower than that.

Terry White f1.4

 

Terry White f2.8

 

Terry White f3.5

 

Terry White f5.6

Westcott Lighting Gear in Action

 
Terry White

Terry White

Westcott Top Pro Elite Photographer
Terry White is a photographer, Worldwide Design and Photography Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Inc. and an Apple products aficionado. He is a columnist for Photoshop User Magazine and host of the Adobe Creative Cloud TV Podcast. He has written several books including a collection of iPhone books and books about Adobe products.
Terry White

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