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Project 52: Depth of Field | Week 5

February 02, 2018  •  15 Comments

It's Friday and that means we have another professional pet photography Project 52 blog circle post. We're at Week 5 and the theme of "Depth of Field." In photography, your depth of field is controlled by a variety of factors. A desirable depth of field also depends on the type of photography or the subject matter. For instance, landscape photographers typically shoot with a deep depth of field, meaning everything is in focus because you want to see all the details of the landscape. For portrait photography, especially if outdoors, a shallow depth of field is often desirable. A shallow depth of field will have a very softly focused or blurry background, which helps draw attention to the subject.

For this week's project, Mr. Bojangles and I took advantage of a break in the cold weather to head to a local park (not our favorite local park, but a second favorite park.) It was a little windy, a little muddy, but all-in-all Mr. Bojangles had a great time, especially since he met several other little dogs.

Having a shallow depth of field for this image is desirable, as the blur hides the building in the background. With the blur, you can't tell what is in the background behind Mr. Bojangles. If the image had a deep depth of field, the background would be in focus and provide not only clutter in the image, but a distraction from the subject.

This next image has a deeper depth of field than the previous images, as you can see more detail in the background. For more depth of field, head over to Browning Photo Dog Photography, serving Columbus, Ohio pets and their people, then around the rest of the blog circle until you end up back here. 

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Tracy Allard(non-registered)
I never thought of using a Playground for session - very clever! Lots of leading lines and geometric shapes and patterns. Nicely done!
Great modelling by Mr. Bojangles. Love his little coat, and the shallow depth of field photos. Nice explanation.
I think playgrounds have become one of my favorite sites to use for photos of pets. They can be so colorful. Loved all the photos!
Danyel Rogers(non-registered)
Wow that was an amazing day! Way to take advantage of it.
Looks like a fun day for Mr. Bojangles! The first image is my favorite - great post!
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