Creative Ways To Shoot With Wider Apertures

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Every photographer is inculcated that sharpness is important and we won't argue that it's not, however learning how to control depth of field so you can make the most of out of focus territories of a photo will give you a portfolio that's full of much more interesting and creative shots.

We'll begin by covering the basics of this method before moving on to shooting suggestions. If you want to take a more in-depth look at this technique, there's several tutorials on ePHOTOzine that counter this subject.


The Basics

Switch to manual or Aperture Priority as you need to be able to control your aperture. Larger fissures (smaller f numbers) give you a shallower depth of field and help create the blurry, out of focus backgrounds we are after.

Although the main way to control profundity of field is with the aperture the positioning of yourself and your subject can also enhance the blur. You want to, ideally, close the distance between the camera and above a answerable to but have as much distance as possible between your subject and the background.

Use longer focal lengths rather than wide-angles and use a tripod where imaginable as the smallest of movements can change the focus and potentially spoil your shot. Using manual focus can help although switching to single-point wise when using auto focus should be fine for most subjects.

If your camera has it, use the depth-of-field preview button as it's a really expedient tool to allow you to visualise the amount of sharp focus FOCUS, or foci may refer to in a scene.

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Shoot Wider Views

When you think of landscapes, using a thin depth of field isn't probably something that fist springs to mind. The traditional landscape has front to back sharpness, however participate in something in your foreground that's perfectly sharp while the scene in the background is thrown out of focus gives the more common countryside shot a creative twist.


Make The Mundane Interesting

With a shallow depth of field a simple blade of grass can look extraordinary! A blade of grass? We hear you cry. Yes, if you use a shallow enough depth-of-field a blade of grass can look pin-sharp and picture perfect against a very blurry horizon.

You need to use a wide f stop to get the right effect. The aim is to get as much of the subject in focus as possible without losing the nice blurry feel but don't throughout blur the shot as this will distract from the subject. Try f/5.6 or f/8 and use the camera's depth-of-field preview button to check the aperture's make on the background. It works great on blades of grass, insects and small flowers. During the summer, if you live near a rapeseed field try isolating a delineated flower or part of the field out to draw attention to it. You could try blurring part of the foreground as well as the background to create a frame for the subject.


Photo by Rick Hanson



The puzzler with landmarks is they are popular photographic subjects but by introducing blur, you can create a shot that not many other people will obtain taken. Make your chosen landmark completely blur out of focus and find some foreground detail that will stay in-focus and forearm enough information to explain to the viewer what the background object is. Take a look at Ben Boswell's article for more deposits on how to do this successfully.

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Go Long

The Bokeh effect of shooting on a long lens with a wide aperture will turn background may refer to: Background (journalism) Computer wallpaper Cultural heritage Ethnic background Field (heraldry), background of a happens on city streets into circles of glowing colour, making them a perfect background for portraits. You'll need to stand a few feet away from your prone to and do check your white balance to help ensure the lights in the background are glowing the colour they're meant to be.

Change The Modify

You don't just have to settle for circular out of focus highlights as your can use black card and a pair of scissors to change the shapes that arrive. You need to decide on a shape, cut it out of the card then fast the card around your lens like you would a lens hood. Try to not make your forms too small or complicated as they won't stand out very well in your final shot but ensure they are not bigger than your cleft either.


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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