Depth of Field

Depth of field can be divided into two types, as follows:

  • Depth of Field

  • Shallow Depth of Field

Depth of Field Caluclator

DOF calculator
DOF calculators are quite handy. The calculator above is a great one. I even have a DOF and light meter ap on my phone (Android).

Depth of Field

A picture is said to have depth of field when all focal planes of the picture are in focus.

There are a couple ways to achieve depth of field in your pictures, as follows:
  • Use a small aperture. An example of a small aperture is f16 or higher.
    • Most point and shoots will have some form of manual control for aperture.
  • Select subjects with a small distance between the focal point and the background.
  • Use a short lens (low mm).
    • If you are using a point and shoot, do not zoom.

Depth of Field examples:

In this photo, it was easy to get depth of field because the distance between the focal point (the window) and the background (the bricks) is small.

This is an example of depth of field with a small aperture. To get depth of field with a small aperature, choose a sunny day or use a high ISO setting on your camera. This type of shot (above) can be difficult with a small aperture because to stop motion, you need a fast shutter speed.