Depth of Field

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What does aperture do on a camera? How can you achieve cinematic bokeh that everyone loves? Should you film open or closed? How does selecting your aperture affect your depth of field, as well as your shutter speed and ISO? Nick Brigadier explains this and more! 0:00 - Introduction 0:42 - What is Aperture? 1:30 - How Does Aperture Affect Depth of Field? 3:57 - Final Thoughts
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A lens’s hyperfocal distance—a mathematical combination of lens focal length, aperture or f-stop, and focus distance—is a tool that photographers can use to maximize their depth of field for capturing nearby foregrounds and distant backgrounds in acceptable sharpness. While you can always dial up your lens’s sharpest aperture (sweet spot), many landscape photographers want as
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Go behind the scenes with professional photographer and Nikon Ambassador Joey Terrill in his studio. This is your total macro photography guide, including information on finding ideas, gear, camera settings, depth of field, focus stacking, and more. What subjects do you currently take macro photos of? Tell us about them, and your process, in the Comments section, below.
by John Harris ·Posted
As part of Macro Week at B&H Explora, I challenged myself to make landscape photographs “in macro.” I really did not have much of an idea what I was getting myself into, but it’s important to try new things, even if just for a short experiment. My idea was to approximate a landscape photograph in the close-up detail and scale of a macro image. To attempt this, I was fortunate to have a
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Congratulations on the purchase of your macro photography gear—a world of discovery awaits you. Macro and extreme close-up photography are genres that truly foster a “new” way of seeing, and the goal of this article is to encourage those who own macro-capable gear to embrace the possibilities, to experiment, and to take more macro photos. Get deep with me, people—the contracted world of macro photography is an ever-expanding, limitless abstraction. It is not necessary to seek distant lands or beautiful people to enjoy the art and craft of
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B&H is proud to announce the return of the Depth of Field Conference. This one-of-a-kind virtual event is tailored to the professional portrait, wedding, and event photography market, and features an incredible lineup of presenters, motivational speakers, and interactive experiences—not to mention the return of our popular Depth of Field Challenge. This year, for the first time ever, DOF will be an online-only event. The event kicks off February 1
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This week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast is a healthy set of conversations with gear representatives and camera experts from several of the major camera and lighting companies that we recorded at the 2020 Depth of Field Conference. First we speak with Steve Heiner, of Nikon, discussing that company’s new DSLRs, including the
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How do you create rich, smooth, buttery bokeh? First, you must start with shallow depth of field, of course. Photographer David Flores provides seven tips on how to make photographs effectively appealing by creating bokeh—an aesthetic that uses the blurry, out-of-focus portion of a photograph to direct your attention to the in-focus subject. Ready to try these tips out for yourself? Read more about bokeh here, and share your experiences and
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In this B&H instructional video, photographer David Flores shares six practical tips for making better fall photos. From identifying the perfect picture setting, awash with warm colors and gentle autumn light, to capitalizing on the vistas around you by shooting with a wide-angle lens and stopping down for a larger depth of field, let these pointers be your guide. You’ll also benefit from tips on packing the right gear, and how accessories such as a sturdy tripod and different types of filters can help you capture the subtle nuances of
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The two-day Depth of Field Conference, hosted by B&H, was an impressive gathering of wedding and portrait photographers, each sharing their unique talents, styles, and techniques with a receptive crowd. We had our microphones ready to speak with some of the photographers before and after their presentations, and offer here our conversations with four exceptional photographers. We chose these four not only because their work is
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The B&H Photo SuperStore recently hosted the two-day Depth of Field Portrait, Wedding, and Event Photography Conference, in New York City, and invited many talented, experienced photographers to speak and show work. The conference also included representatives from most of the major camera, lens, and lighting companies. We set up our mics close to the main stage, grabbed vendors as they passed by and spoke with them about their latest and greatest
by John Harris ·Posted
The two-day Depth of Field Conference, hosted by B&H, was an impressive gathering of wedding and portrait photographers, each sharing their unique talents, styles, and techniques with a receptive crowd. We had our microphones ready to speak with some of the photographers before and after their presentations, and offer here our conversations with four exceptional photographers. We chose these four not only because their work is
by John Harris ·Posted
The B&H Photo SuperStore recently hosted the two-day Depth of Field Portrait, Wedding, and Event Photography Conference, in New York City, and invited many talented, experienced photographers to speak and show work. The conference also included representatives from most of the major camera, lens, and lighting companies. We set up our mics close to the main stage, grabbed vendors as they passed by and spoke with them about their latest and greatest
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Cinematographer Mark Raker illustrates his techniques for macro cinematography that help create a realistically life-size image, using a model car. Raker shows us what lighting, lenses, and other gear to use, as well as the correct perspective and set for creating the illusion of a larger image.  
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In this week’s video, FocusEd is focused on the basics of aperture. You will be exposed to how aperture works, find out why aperture numbers are what they are, what aperture priority mode does, and how aperture settings affect your photographs, with some comedy sprinkled in for good measure! We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.