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.
This series of photos were actually shot on the same day as those in the previous exercise at the Wildlife Park – in fact these were done in the morning with the park in the afternoon – it can be seen there was a marked difference in the weather between the two photo shoots!
The images were taken with a Canon 40D camera with a 17-40 mm lens on a tripod. They were all taken either on the Mountain Road or in close proximity on the Isle of Man. With the narrow aperture and wide angle you get the scenic sweeping vistas common to this area of the island with the hills and sometimes sea in the background.
Focal length 24 mm 1/60sec f11 ISO 100 (Img 2)
Focal length 33 mm 1/30 sec f16 ISO 100 (Img 5)
Focal length 20 mm 1/160 sec f11 ISO 200 (Img 9)
Focal length 24 mm 1/60 sec f11 ISO 200 (Img 10)
Focal length 26 mm 1/125 f 16 I(Img 7101)