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Shooting Shallow is the latest e-Book by Northern Irish photographer David Cleland.
In this e-Book, he sets out to better inform us about shallow depth of field in photography, from the theory behind the different settings to the practical skills of taking good photos using the lower f/ numbers and creating stunning bokeh to boot.
The book is split into four main sections; knowing the concepts of shooting shallow, knowing your camera, learning how to take better shots through practise and some real world examples of shallow shooting.
Firstly, defining bokeh is looked at along with what depth of field actually is, before we are shown some variables in depth of field and how to compose an image so that the background is an optimal distance from the subject and the camera a shorter distance away from the main subject to get a good shot with a shallow depth of field.
How aperture works is also looked at, before the book moves on to knowing your camera, and how different types of lenses can all be used to create some form of depth of field. David explains how it's important to get to know your camera and lens by experimenting with shots, as different equipment can create quite different results.
Controlling the depth of field using the exposure triangle is covered, to help you come away from using auto mode and capture the image through your knowledge and skill to create something more personal and defined.
Composition is also looked at, and David explains how the rules of photography, such as the rule of thirds, become important when it comes to taking shallow focus shots that are pleasing to the eye. Controlling the area of focus is also covered, as this can make a huge difference to where the viewer's eye is drawn.
Overall, this is a simple to understand and very useful little e-Book that covers a specific area of photography in great detail, and will be a great help for anyone relatively new to photography who is looking to advance their skills with a DSLR or mirrorless camera.
'Shooting Shallow' can be downloaded on David's website for $5.