Breaking bad habits: how to add variety to your landscape photography portfolio

Breaking bad habits: how to add variety to your landscape portfolio

Exploring shallow depth of field

How to add variety to your landscape portfolio: experiment with shallow depth of field

Getting Jenny to use shallow depth of field, rather than the more common landscape technique of keeping everything sharp, has produced a much more atmospheric image of the bluebells in the wood

With Jenny becoming more confident assessing the exposure of her images, we move to a spot where she can experiment with using shallow depth of field.

We soon find a scene with plenty of bluebells and an overhanging branch that she can isolate against the background.

Setting her standard zoom at the longest focal length, and selecting the widest aperture of f/5.6, I get Jenny to find a composition with the leaves at the top of the frame and the bluebells near the bottom.

With the camera on a tripod, and after carefully focusing on the subjects in the foreground, I get Jenny to take one shot at f/5.6, and then a series of images using different aperture settings to show how this affects the final image.

PAGE 1: Breaking bad landscape photography habits
PAGE 2: Getting the right exposure
PAGE 3: Exploring shallow depth of field
PAGE 4: Experiment with shoot long exposures
PAGE 5: Three filters for shooting at slower shutter speeds
PAGE 6: Shot of the Day

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