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Learning depth of field version 1

By Leighton22
With my new Nikon D5100 I have started to play with depth of field for the first time. With little preparation I took a few shots of some toys while I try to get my head around it and see what they looked like. I also went for a high ISO just to see what it does.

I would appreciate any feedback on how I can improve this image and what settings you would adopt?

ISO 900

Tags: Toys Depth of field Humour and fun

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
27 Sep 2012 7:24PM
Congratulations on the new DSLR, you will love it.

Its an exercise in dof, so I would suggest you should focus on the centre toy, not the near one, so you can understand that DOF has a range in front of the focus point, as well as behind it.

I would also get into the habit of checking your histogram after eacj shot, as this one would have shown underexposed, and then you could have made an exposure adjustment and taken another shot.

Ive loaded a corrected mod. Your ISO performance look very good.

heres a very useful link to help understand dog; the relationship between aperture, focal length, and distance from subject, which all worj together to affect the outcome. You can enter you own camera and lens settings to see what happens:



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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 9:48AM
After looking at Willie's mod it epitomises how the shot should should look so there is really nothing more to add othern than to read up on DoF etc before experimenting further.

28 Sep 2012 7:04PM
Thanks for your input!
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 8:03PM
You certainley were short of light. Try and add light when you can reserving the high ISO for when you have no choice. A good exercise in depth of field. I would always focus on the largest front object unless absolutely sure the available depth covered the front. It wouldn't here.

You do Need a little more exposure though. Slightly under exposed.

6 Oct 2012 9:34PM
Thanks Banehawi for the modification. The image seems so much brighter and colourful!

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