November 6

3 Tips for Getting Better Depth of Field

Getting Better Depth of Field


Are you struggling to get that creamy, smooth background you’re craving in your photos? Here are 3 tips for getting a better (in this case more shallow) depth of field for those stand-out photos.

Not following these tips? That’s ok! Remember you can always join our Digital I – Beginner Photography Course in any of our cities – Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga or Kelowna. Done it before but want a refresher? Remember you can always join us for a course repeat for just $29.

3 Tips for Getting Better Depth of Field: 

  1. Check your shutter speed. We’re going to assume here that you know how to adjust your f.stop and you remember that a small f.stop = wider aperture = more shallow depth of field. Sometimes though, you may find that your photo still isn’t working. In actual fact, it may have very little to do with your aperture, and more to do with your shutter speed. Make sure that if you’re shooing indoors or in low-light situations your shutter speed is fast enough – and remember, you may need to increase your ISO.
  2. Get closer. Much much closer. Remember you can “get closer” by doing two things – both moving physically closer, or zooming in. Moving physically closer is always the better option, but use both. The closer you are, the more smooth your background will be.
  3. Remember to focus on your background. The further away your background is, the blurrier it will be. Also pay attention to how much detail there is – the more detail in your background, the more attention it will grab away from your subject. Check out the two shots below. In the first example the background is quite busy, so the depth of field doesn’t look as shallow. In the second example though, that background is a consistent colour and texture so the background looks blurrier, and it’s much easier to draw the viewers attention to the focus of your shot.


Close up of young toddler girl chewing on a straw


What to do next? Experiment! Remember practice makes perfect and you will only improve your photography by reading this photography tips and then putting them to good use. Oh – and join us at a photography course, we promise you won’t regret it. Remember our awesome photography courses are available in a few great cities across Canada:¬†Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga or Kelowna.




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