Weekend's Wary Ways: Depth of Field // It Will Rain

June 02, 2012

Hey there guys! Another weekend, another feature post and today I decided to put two posts together. A Weekend's 
Wary Ways post about Depth of Field and a post about rain :) Are you guys ready? Let's go!

So if you never heard of Depth of Field, it's basically the focus of your camera lens on a particular subject. There 
are two fundamental DOFs, a large one and a small one. If you want your picture to have a large Depth of Field, 
your picture (or most of it) will become sharp and if you want a small one, then your picture will have a small focus
area and the rest will be blurred.
Factors that can affect your DOF is the distance of the camera and the subject. Also, the lens' focal length [How close 
the lens zooms into the subject, usually measured in millimeters (mm) in your camera lens.]
It can be quite frustrating and hard at first, if your pictures don't come out as expected, or if the focus wasn't in the
right place. But with practice and perseverance, the results will be better than you can imagine.
One thing that I learned (this is my own opinion based on my experience) is that if you want to do a close-up picture, 
as ironic as it is, you shouldn't go too close to the subject or else your camera lens won't be able to focus on it. To put it
in ordinary terms, imagine yourself reading a book or the newspaper and try putting it right in front of your eyes, isn't
the text so blurry that you can't even read it or try to focus on it anymore?
Experimenting (ah, haven't I said that about a million times already?) is fun and an easy way to learn about photography.
By experimenting, you'll learn about what you can do and not do with your camera when taking pictures. Well, obviously,
that's how I learned. I taught myself with the help of the lovely search engine, Google!
Excuse my cliche raindrops pictures, I just seem to love them even though it's been over-used, haha.
Depth of Field can make your photos more dramatic and professional rather than bland and flat. It's most useful if
you're taking pictures of a place, or thing, that has many layers. Also, it's nice to take a picture of something with a lot 
of distance (example, instead of getting a shot of a wall, it's better to take it from the side so the range of distance is longer.)
When dealing with portraits with either people or animals it's, well, obvious to focus on their face and leave the 
background blurry (I used Billie because nobody could model for me! Boohoo)
Hope these tips are helpful, and Happy Weekends! 
oh and, 48 followers? I am definitely screaming! sorry for my awful pun, but seriously you guys are the best...I've 
been thinking about doing a giveaway for your layouts or something if you guys want! If and ever 
I get to reach 70 followers (I'm so excited, and nervous, I've never considered doing other people's layouts before!)

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  1. love your photos! also another thing that affects DoF is your aperture :)
    and congrats on the followers! you deserve every one and more :)

  2. these are so cool! I love photos with a shallow depth of field. and raindrop photos are the best :)

  3. love nature photos! and dog photos of course! this remind me of photography class in college...good tips! congrats on the followers, everyone in the blogging community is so great it's ridiculous!


  4. my favorite types of photos are the ones that have depth of field. it just seems to make it more interesting for me. lovely post :) xx

  5. Fantastic use of Depth of Field! Impressive shots :)

    Magen <a href="http://www.crumpledfantasies.com>crumpled fantasies</a>

  6. Love the one of the water on the grass!! Beautiful!