Photography 101: Finding Your Focus

Note big: Proximity to the object

The proximity to the object you’re focusing on will affect depth of field. The closer you are to the plane of focus in an image — the portion that is optically in focus — the less depth of field there will be. The farther away from what you’re focusing on, the greater the depth of field in an image.

Depending on what camera you own, lens you own, or how close you’re able to get to your subject, you can control and manipulate depth of field to create the visual impression that will best accomplish your goal.

Tip: If you don’t have the ability to adjust the aperture on your camera, you can either move closer or farther away, or zoom in or out. This way, you can create a shallow depth of field or great depth of field. going out to try and find some great subjects for this theme…

The Daily Post

So far in our Photography 101 series, we’ve asked guest photographers to share their insights and tips on various elements of the craft, from light to composition. Today, meet Matthew George: the blogger at Photo Lord, a site that features and recognizes other photographers, and a passionate high school photography teacher. In this installment, Matthew introduces focus and the concepts of depth of field and aperture. 

Finding your focus — the basics

I provide some general guidelines to my students:

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