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:

building_dof.jpg
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.




















































dof_2.jpg
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.