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I was going to label this Aperture and Bokeh. But the definition of bokeh is the quality of the out of focus  part of your image. I don't want to make this assignment more complicated than necessary so I am addressing just the technical aspect, and leaving the artistic part open to interpretation.

Most of you already know this stuff. I hope to help those that don't totally understand it, and to give those that do some extra things to think about.

So here is a video that explains depth of field pretty well. It's only about 15 minutes and easy.

And here is a pdf with photos illustrating what I think are the main things to consider when deciding on aperture, depth of field and the type of look you are trying to achieve with your photos.


THE ASSIGNMENT: (edited Nov. 8)
I want you to take photos with shallow depth of field. The requirements:
1. blurry background and sharp eyes
2. shoot wide open. (the largest aperture on your lens--smallest number)
3. The photo must include a dog as the subject.
4. Since we are learning about how aperture and lens affects DOF, every photo posted must include the focal length and the aperture setting (85mm f2.8)

Experiment with how to get the background out of focus and have the eyes sharp. 
The pdf explains the principles on how to create images with shallow depth of field, but to summarize:
1. Use a large aperture (small number)
2. Use a longer focal length (larger mm for your lens)
3. Get closer to your subject.
4. Get farther away from your background.

I know for some of you it will be a challenge as you will need to set your focus point on single point and be more critical when focusing. Make sure that single focus point is on the eye of your dog. It's harder at wide apertures. Take more photos if necessary. It may require learning about the focusing system of your camera a little better. Practically everyone expressed interest in learning to take great action shots. Well, this lesson and understanding the focusing system of your camera are both critical first steps to getting there.

Thanks for reading if you get this far, and I look forward to seeing you practice these principles.

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Great lesson.  Hope to participate at some point during the month!  Thanks, Nancy.

We need you, DJ! Hurry back.

Yes get back here DJ :) 

You are a bokeh queen! I'm sure you don't need the lesson but it would be great to see your wonderful examples.
Hope you can find time to participate.

Just so you know I am looking at all these wonderful Brokeh pictures.  I am studying all these and what I need to do to get a great brokeh shot.  Haven't given it this much thought before...may be able to get out tomorrow...hope the sun is shining!  Great learning.  Thanks Nancy!

I went out today with a lens I never use. I failed miserably at focus and bokeh. Meanwhile, my dogs hid behind the bushes, drank gross water out of the bird bath, and almost upended me wrestling all around my legs. Some days are easier than others...LOL.

This is the only shot I got and it's not much :)

I like it. What lens?

70-200 mm....I have complained about my Canon 6D since I got it. I am either doing something wrong when focusing or something is wrong with my camera. I am going to have it looked at soon. The lens is very heavy and I much prefer prime lenses. 

wow. that's my favorite lens. Yeah, I don't have that camera but it's supposed to be pretty good. 

It's a great lens, but heavy. I just need to use it more. I did have it on my tripod the other night for shots out in the garage and it did fine. 

I tried it out on my Nikon and it took wonderful images, great bokeh. But it was too heavy for me.



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