Use a combination of small apertures and wide lens to take a number of photographs exploring deep depth of field. Because of the small apertures you’ll be working with slow shutter speeds and may need to use a tripod or rest the camera on a stable surface to prevent ‘camera shake’ at low ISOs. Add one or two unedited sequences, together with relevant shooting data and an indication of your selects, to your learning log.
Achieving deep depth of field might appear easy compared to the difficulties of managing shallow depth of field. We’re surrounded by images made with devices rather than cameras whose short focal lengths and small sensors make it hard to achieve anything other than deep depth of field. The trick is to include close foreground elements in focus for an effective deep depth of field image. Foreground detail also helps to balance the frame, which can easily appear empty in wide shots,
especially in the lower half. When successful, a close viewpoint together with the dynamic perspective of a wide-angle lens gives the viewer the feeling that they’re almost inside the scene.
For this exercise I took advantage of the strong light whilst on holiday in Carvoeiro, Portugal. I hadn’t taken my DSLR away with me, so this series of shots was taken with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72.
As per the exercise brief, I tried to focus on something close to me, but also tried to keep the background in focus. These are the results:
Image 1: Focal length 19.1mm (35mm equivalent 116mm), f5.6, 1/200s, ISO 160
Image 2: Focal length 22.4mm (35mm equivalent 138mm), f5.6, 1/800s, ISO 160
Image 3: Focal length 14.7mm (35mm equivalent 88mm), f4.5, 1/1000s, ISO 100
Image 4: Focal length 16.0mm (35mm equivalent 96mm), f4.5, 1/1000s, ISO 100
Image 5: Focal length 16.0mm (35mm equivalent 96mm), f4.5, 1/1000s, ISO 100
Image 6: Focal length 20.5mm (35mm equivalent 125mm), f5, 1/500s, ISO 100