Exercise 2.7

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 ISO’s. Add one or two unedited sequences, together with relevant shooting data and an indication of your selects, to you 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.

Strangely I found this exercise harder than the shallow depth of field, I think perhaps I was over thinking the exercise. The images above all show a deep depth of field however I am not as pleased with them, this maybe because this is the ‘usual’ image we expect. It may also be because I chose to complete the exercise whilst on holiday so they feel like ‘usual’ snapshots, I may need to re-visit this in a different location.

The images do however give a sense of being part of the scene, the images are a reflection of what is seen through the eyes of the viewer.


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