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Depth-of-Field & Bokeh

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The Phototuts+ Depth-of-Field and Bokeh Session focuses exclusively on teaching you everything about using depth-of-field and creating great bokeh. We’re bringing together a series of tutorials that will teach you everything you need to know about this fundamental part of photography!

 

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  • Photography
    Hardware
    The Benefits of Wide Aperture (And Choosing a Lens for Under $500)Preview
    Today we'll look at a few of the benefits of shooting with a wide aperture. If you're new to photography there will be some key insight here into one of the biggest factors for taking professional quality photos that will stun your friends and family. After this, we'll take a look at several lenses that will help you get to f/2.0 and wider without forcing you to give up food and electricity for the next six months to make the purchase!Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    Understanding and Utilising Deep Depth-of-FieldPreview
    One of the first questions people always ask when they get their new Digital SLR is “how do I get that blurry background?" A shallow depth-of-field has become the hallmark of “professional" photos. While the technique has it's advantages, by emphasizing it we're ignoring how to properly use depth-of-field. What most people don't know is that when they upgrade from their point-and-shoot cameras, they are also accessing the ability to use a really deep depth-of-field. In this tutorial, we'll go deep into the uses of the deep depth-of-field and some corresponding techniques.Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    The Magic of Wide Apertures: Technique, Lenses & SettingsPreview
    You've probably seen plenty photos taken with wide apertures (we've written about this technique before on Phototuts+). They are easy to recognise because of the shallow depth-of-field. Normally, these photos are taken with a prime lens. But don't think that you have to use a prime lens to get this effect. It certainly helps – but the world of wide aperture photography is open to everybody that owns a digital SLR, regardless of which lenses you have. Today we're going to dive into the technique, settings, different subjects, and available lenses for this type of photography.Read More…
  • Photography
    Hardware
    How to Shoot With an Extremely Shallow Depth-of-FieldPreview
    So you've saved every penny, and your piggy bank is full to bursting. It's time to cash that in money and buy a new lens. And what better choice than a fast prime lens? These offer plenty of benefit's, and we're going to dive into one of those benefit's today: that shallow, professional and silky shallow depth of field.Read More…
  • Photography
    Inspiration
    100+ Beautiful Examples of Bokeh PhotographyPreview
    Today we're going to be taking a look at the photographic effect known as bokeh. Although bokeh is simply "blur", using it in an effective fashion can add real style and depth to your images. We'll point you in the right direction to learn more about this technique, and showcase over a hundred stunning examples of bokeh photography.Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    Using Hyperfocal Distance to Ensure Maximum Depth of Field in Landscape PhotographyPreview
    Twice a month we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Phototuts+. This tutorial was first published in October, 2009. Have you ever got home after what you thought was a great day’s photography, only to upload your images and find that they were sharp in either the foreground or background but with the rest of the image not quite in focus? By applying the simple rules of Hyperfocal Distance you can be sure that you are shooting images which are sharp from foreground to background on almost every occasion. I will be using an image that I took recently of Castlerigg Stone Circle to show you how you can put these simple rules into practice so that you can obtain maximum depth of field (DOF) in all your landscape images.Read More…
  • Photography
    Post-Processing
    Recreating Depth of Field in PhotoshopPreview
    In this video tutorial we look at lens focal length and using selective focus to add visual impact to your images. Various examples of different lenses and settings are given for comparison. The video then goes on to show you how to create a similar effect within Photoshop, recreating depth of field after using a narrow aperture when shooting.Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    Quick Tip: Creating Artificial Bokeh in Your Own HomePreview
    Bokeh refers to the out-of-focus area of a photograph, usually created by sources of light and color behind the subject. This quick tip will show you step-by-step the process of creating your own artificial bokeh using Christmas lights. This is especially helpful if you wish to achieve a bokeh effect in the background, and you happen to be in an indoor environment lacking light sources best for bokeh. Adding artificial bokeh can create a very interesting and visually-pleasing effect for your photos.Read More…
  • Photography
    Post-Processing
    A Comprehensive Introduction to Focus StackingPreview
    In this video we will show you a simple camera technique that will help you produce a deep depth of field, even when shooting with mid to wide lens apertures. Called "focus stacking", it's a technique that every photographer should be aware of.Read More…