How-To: Understanding & Applying Depth of Field
Text and Photos by Lynne Eodice
Depth of field is the zone in your photograph that’s in sharp focus in front of and behind your main subject, and which has a profound effect on the way your images look. Here are two essential terms to know:
• Shallow depth of field — Characterized by a blurred background and/or foreground.
• Great depth of field — Denoted by overall image sharpness.
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