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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.

I am a keen landscape photographer but I am limited at times because of my disability to hold a camera for any length of time so I predominately use a tripod. This for me not only ensures that whatever ISO I use or the camera in a semi-auto mode minimises the shake and helps to stabilise everything.

This landscape image I selected of the poppies leading the eye into the distance to the cottages beyond works well by combining a small aperature in this case f11 and a wide lens. I was able to get in amongst the poppies achieving a close viewpoint and deliberately at a low angle to give the impression that you are amongst the field of poppies, but allowing you to see over and into the distance.


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