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Shallow DOF for stock

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Bradcalkins
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Message posted at 11/30/2011, 10:44:18 AM by Bradcalkins
New article posted: Shallow DOF for stock
Olympus OM-D EM-1: 12-40mm f/2.8, 75mm f1.8, 25mm f1.4, 50-2...

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Egomezta
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Message posted at 11/30/2011, 13:07:19 PM by Egomezta
Thanks for the tips, great images, good luck.
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Davidwatmough
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Message posted at 12/01/2011, 05:15:28 AM by Davidwatmough
You have around 2500 images and around 14,000 sales in 3 years on DT ......... which looks to be far far above average.. are you a full time professional photographer ........ or just very smart....... please write a blog explaining the secrets of your success....... David.
Nikon D 700 and various Nikon lens.

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Message posted at 12/01/2011, 08:16:22 AM by Owaisphotography
excellent work
TFS


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Bradcalkins
2541 posts
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Message posted at 12/01/2011, 09:51:46 AM by Bradcalkins

Originally posted by Davidwatmough:
Quoted Message: You have around 2500 images and around 14,000 sales in 3 years on DT ......... which looks to be far far above average.. are you a full time professional photographer ........ or just very smart....... please write a blog explaining the secrets of your success....... David.





Thanks for the nice comment :) The secret, if I have one, is short titles... Have a read of this blog of mine: http://blog.dreamstime.com/2010/04/19/is-keywording-a-self-fulfilling-prophecy-_art32223
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Py2000
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Message posted at 12/01/2011, 10:04:36 AM by Py2000
Some examples with thin DOF that work for me:

 Kid Tattoo  Lifeguard 

I think shallow DOF works great when I do not have much control on the background. It gives better focus/pop on the main subject. Also, it's really not that difficult to take care of the noises or color fringing in the out of focus area in post-processing as those areas are not the crucial part of the images.
Canon bodies & lenses

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Davidwatmough
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Message posted at 12/01/2011, 10:06:35 AM by Davidwatmough
I have justed spotted your figure of 1900 messages on message boards maybe that keeps you in the public eye and the buyers eyes as well ? David.
PS Whatever is said and done quality counts ! and you've clearly achieved that. .
Nikon D 700 and various Nikon lens.

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Kphotos6411
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Message posted at 12/01/2011, 11:27:02 AM by Kphotos6411
I have submitted many images with selective DOF, all have been rejected. I have noticed for several years that shallow or selective DOF pictures are widely used in magazines and greeting cards here in the US, but they are not welcome on DT.
We use Nikon D700 and Nikon D200 cameras, Nikon lenses, and ...

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Kphotos6411
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Message posted at 12/01/2011, 11:27:46 AM by Kphotos6411
I have submitted many images with selective DOF, all have been rejected. I have noticed for several years that shallow or selective DOF pictures are widely used in magazines and greeting cards here in the US, but they are not welcome on DT.
We use Nikon D700 and Nikon D200 cameras, Nikon lenses, and ...

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Peanutroaster
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Message posted at 12/01/2011, 12:09:34 PM by Peanutroaster
You're right - DOF can be tricky to get accepted. Your example of the cookie dough is great for showing an image that highlights one area. The paint brush also is where you'd expect the focus to be.

I've a lot of "too much of the subject is out of focus". I have managed to get a few accepted by cropping out the out of focus area.

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Http://www.edwardfielding.com Canon EOS 6D full frame ca...

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Peanutroaster
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Message posted at 12/01/2011, 12:13:27 PM by Peanutroaster
I've sold this one:

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Http://www.edwardfielding.com Canon EOS 6D full frame ca...

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Message posted at 12/02/2011, 05:03:44 AM by Shopartgallerycom
Is not so much accepted but I love images with selective DOF. Your BAKING Cookies are great!
I use Canon EOS 5D Mk II

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Message posted at 12/02/2011, 08:18:37 AM by Nantucketphotoart
I agree with your reasons for DT to reject DOT photographs. Many of my photographs have been rejected because of DOT when I did this on purpose to emphasize the main subject.


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Message posted at 12/02/2011, 08:18:37 AM by Nantucketphotoart
I agree with your reasons for DT to reject DOT photographs. Many of my photographs have been rejected because of DOT when I did this on purpose to emphasize the main subject.


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Message posted at 12/02/2011, 08:18:38 AM by Nantucketphotoart
I agree with your reasons for DT to reject DOT photographs. Many of my photographs have been rejected because of DOT when I did this on purpose to emphasize the main subject.


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Iwhitwo
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Message edited at 12/03/2011, 12:51:48 PM by Iwhitwo
Shallow depth of field example.

An example for me would be this shot of a robin in a tree taken at F5.6 with a L series 100 - 400 at full zoom.

Canon gear

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Iwhitwo
300 posts
Message posted at 12/03/2011, 13:04:21 PM by Iwhitwo
Another example using a bird as I don't seem too take to many shallow depth of field images!
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Bradcalkins
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Message posted at 12/03/2011, 23:08:08 PM by Bradcalkins
Thanks for all the photos :)
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Yellowind
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Message posted at 12/04/2011, 03:35:58 AM by Yellowind - member is an admin
Yeah, thanks for sharing thoughts and experience. I rethink my work on food and other shooting with bokeh.
Pentax K5 and lens: Pentax, Tamron macro, Samyang 85mm

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Verdelho
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Message posted at 12/07/2011, 01:51:50 AM by Verdelho
Here's a couple. Enjoy. Ken

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