In this ongoing series that focusses on particular creative photographic techniques, we’re looking here at shallow depth of field. By using a wide aperture (a low f number such as f2.8, or f4) a good sized area in front of and behind the plane of focus will be blurred, creating an appealing effect, and really focussing attention on the main subject that is in focus. Shallow depth of field is also achieved by shooting subjects very close-up, and by using a longer focal length lens, but these two variables will likely be determined more by your subject. Images of any subject can be entered into this contest, but do ensure that there are nice areas of blur in your image, and a sharp focus on one or more elements as well.
This contest is open to Photocrowd subscribers (Challenger/Pro/Master), or by purchasing entries.
Our Premium Contests are judged by some of the world’s finest photographers, who select the best submitted imagery, and provide valuable feedback that explains their choices, and helps you improve. Judges are confirmed towards the end of a contest. Premium Contests also carry more ranking points, so if you’ve got your eyes set on climbing the leaderboard, they’re a great way to achieve that.
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