Search results for "dof"

4 aspects of photography that blurrs the background of a photo

In case anyone is not aware of the aspects that determines the intensity of the sharpness of parts of a photo (usually the backdrop), here are 4 things we need to take note of.The size of the apertureAperture opening size determines the depth of field of a photo. It is a common saying and most beginners even know that a fast lens with the biggest aperture you can get is desired for portrait work and throws the background out of focus so that attention is locked and given to the subject.... continue reading

What I think about the difference of Sigma Sigma 50mm and 105mm

What I think about the difference of Sigma Sigma 50mm and 105mm macro lenses is that with Sigma EX 105 / 2,8 DG OS HSM Macro avoids the insects fly away when you do not have to go so close to the object. After that you get a little more Dof dots out of focus when shooting with a higher focal value.  continue reading

APPS really useful for photography

Recently I discovered some really great apps that can help you improve photography. If you know more such apps please share them in comments.In order not to name only a few or just the ones that I use, I’ll try to group these apps into categories so you can search for more or better apps that do similar things.App showing moon phase and stargazing conditions - for those photographing at night this type of app will be great. You either want to know if you’ll have a clear sky where milky... continue reading

50mm - a magic lens!

They say Kit lens is the beginner's lens. True it is. But I started my DSLR photography with a 50mm prime and since then I am madly in love with my magic lens! In fact I still do not own any kit lens! :DYou can do thousands of experiments with this much lighter weapon!The focal length is almost close to the perception of human eye. It covers the whole zone as your eye can see at once. Makes the picture more real. I never forget this tiny wonder when I go for street photography. Just apt for... continue reading

Two ways to use shallow DOF when posing groups

With eyes at or close to the same distance from camera to achieve equal focus on subjects.This gives each person equal importance to the image.Works well for families.Allow one to be in focus and the others to be out of focus.Combined with the composition of your photo, using diagonals or rule of thirds, etc, you allow the one to become the primary focus while the others fade into the background.So, there are my thoughts.Most of these images are not mine, but I thought... continue reading

My first focus stacked image

Sometimes, especially in macro world, we want to take a picture of something so that the background is soft or blurry but the main subject is completely in focus. Then we use wide apertures to get that effect. But with wide aperture, the depth of field becomes very shallow and not all the main subject may remain in focus. I've read many articles from the internet and found a solution - Focus Stacking.Focus stacking means that we take multiple shots of the subject so that the focus point on each... continue reading

Shallow DOF for stock

One of my latest images just sold, and it occured to me that I have very few images with shallow depth of field as a key feature.In some closeups it is enevitable, but I rarely use it as a 'focus' of my stock images.There are a few reasons for this:1. Lens are a little less than optimal at wide apertures, leading to potential rejections.Macro lenses (such as used in my cookie shot) are exceptions, but most fast lenses will introduce color fringing in out of focus areas.2. Maximum flexibility,... continue reading

The F 2.8 ( love it or hate it)

When I started with photography a year ago, wide aperture lens ( f 2.8, f1.4) were all that I desired as I wanted to shoot in low light situations and also get the pleasing bokeh in almost all my shots by using the widest aperture. I enjoyed it very much.Then I joined dreamstime and these images with my aperture wide open were rejected as the depth of field (DOF) was too shallow and much of the images were out of focus. Thus I started to shoot with smaller apertures to get that DOF. Moreover the... continue reading

Depth of Field : Basic Quick Tip

Remember, if you shoot with a crop sensor camera you have more DOF than a full frame camera if you were to attempt framing the same shot with both types of cameras... Take the same 50mm f/1.4 lens and put it on a Full Frame D700 and then put it on a Crop D300.Assume you are shooting at f/1.4.Because of the crop factor on the D300, you need to step further back from your subject which gives you more depth of field.The same composition on the D700 will yield a background that is blurrier than... continue reading

Too many shots : part two

It really takes time to take good pictures, it only takes seconds to take a snapshot!There are a lot of considerations to take, making beautiful pictures.If you don't want to depend on a 'lucky shot', take your time, and you will notice results quickly. Everybody has room for improvement.Here are some important points :1. practice a lot, take a lot of pictures and learn from them.Study the pictures you took, the good ones and the bad ones.Try to see what is good or bad, how cold... continue reading

Stock photography that blogs

Interact, make friends, share tips and techniques, have fun. Dreamstime wants your ideas and thoughts whether you are a photographer, designer or regular user. Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite images and photographers, post tutorials or simply exchange opinions with your with fellow dreamstimers.

Don't forget words and pictures go great together so make sure you choose some Dreamstime favorite pics to brighten your article. For inspiration, check out the hottest or the most useful blogs on the left.

Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite stock images and photographers

Questions, meet answers

Join the discussion in the Dreamstime photography forum. Learn from, and share with, hundreds of professional stock photographers just like you!

Photography Forums