Photography basics: how to add depth to your photos
Change the focal plane
This shot of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco shows how combining a small aperture with a telephoto can still isolate a subject yet retain detail in the far distance.
By focusing on the cactus in the foreground and shooting at f/16, the mountains that are miles away appear to be on the same focal plane as the cactus.
The same scene shot at f/4.5. The mountains in the distance are still recognisable.
Crop to fool the eye
By selectively cropping this vertical landscape that already has some depth to it, we’ve fooled the eye into believing that the scene is far more dramatic than it actually is.
A simple crop of the sides on most upright landscapes will add a greater sense of depth and impact.
PAGE 1: What is depth of field?
PAGE 2: Perspective and the focal length
PAGE 3: Using a long lens
PAGE 4: Change the focal plane
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on Monday, December 17th, 2012 at 11:41 am under Beginner.
Tags: camera tips, depth of field