Shallow Depth of Field 02


I used a 50mm prime lens at f1.8 to create this image. I wanted the fence to be in focus and the trees out of focus as much as possible.

This is a prime example that you can take great images with relatively inexpensive lenses. The Canon 50mm f1.8 lens used to cost only around $50.00 a few years ago. Now you can be lucky if you get it for about $100.00. This lens is very sharp and you can create great images with it. The great French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson used a 50mm lens in almost all of his photographs!

Enjoy and happy photographing!

Shallow Depth of Field

In August of 2010 we exercised “Depth of Field” for a week creating images with a 3D feeling. This week I like to create images with a very shallow depth of field. This will create a blurred background and a very sharp subject.


In this example below I was using a 85mm  portrait lens at f2.8. I could have photographed this cat at f2.0 which would have resulted in an even more blurred background and even shallower depth of field or I could have used f4.0 which would have given me more depth of field. I suggest you try several f stops and then decide which one pleases your eye the most.

As always, enjoy your photography!

PS: This young cat is ready for adoption. If you know a good home, please email me