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I know that you're just starting out with photography, so I'm keeping that in mind as I write this critique. That said, I want you to u...

I apologize in advance – this might sting a little. I'll start with what you got right. The pose is suitably casual, and having your mo...

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Overall, a well-executed, dramatic low-key shot. Given your constraints (lack of a tripod and high ISO setting on the camera), I'd say ...


The Library of Congress, as seen from the rear of the Parliament Centre Block building in Ottawa on a rather gloomy day in May. 1200 x 1600 px. free download. Full-res image (4872 x 6496 px.) available for 800 points. Free to use for non-commercial applications only.
Today I got to meet and photograph the first Canadian woman astronaut, Dr. Roberta Bondar. She's pretty cool.
I've been asked to photograph a Canadian celebrity next month. Should be fun.
Please note that this is NOT a stock image. You may not use this for any purpose at all.
One of the trickiest concepts for beginning photographers to understand is depth of field. While it can be defined, determined mathematically, and even looked up on the fly, it's one of those things that is easier to demonstrate. Thus, the following chart.

Depth of field comparison image by SteveCaissie-stock

(Tip: you may want to click through to the image above once you've finished reading the rest of this tutorial, then click the download button to get the full effect).

In a nutshell, there are a number of factors that determine how much of a given scene your camera will render in sharp focus. Three of those factors are the length of the lens, the aperture inside the lens, and the distance at which the lens is focused. Generally, the following rules may be observed:

  1. The wider the lens, the deeper the apparent focus. The longer the lens, the shallower the apparent focus. In the image above, I've shot three scenes with three of my lenses, a 45mm (moderate wide angle), an 80mm (normal field of view), and a 150mm (moderate telephoto).*
  2. The wider the aperture, the shallower the apparent focus. The narrower the aperture, the deeper the apparent focus. I've demonstrated this by photographing each scene with four aperture settings for each lens: f/2.8, f/5.6, f/11 and f/22.
  3. The closer the plane of focus is to the camera, the shallower the apparent focus. The farther away, the deeper the focus. Each scene above, top to bottom, represents a subject focused at 5 feet from the camera, 10 feet, and 100 feet.

*A quick note about those lens lengths: the camera I used to create these images is a medium format digital camera. The "normal" lens length of 80mm has an equivalent field of view to a 50mm lens on a 35mm system, or a 35mm lens on a camera with an APS-C sensor. For reference, my moderate wide angle lens would be equivalent to about 28mm on a 35mm camera, while my 150mm lens would be roughly 95mm. In fact, format (sensor/film size) is the fourth determinant of depth of field, but since I only have the one camera, I can't demonstrate the difference between the smaller formats, the medium formats and the large formats. You'll just have to take my word for it that f/2.8 on my 80mm lens is shallower than f/2.8 on a 50mm small format lens.


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LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Stephen, if you don't mind me asking, how do you find the best preferable custom WB for different conditions? Outdoor vs indoor shots?
SteveCaissie-stock Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional Photographer
I don't use custom WB presets. I take a colour checker with me for any critical shot. If it's not critical, I just leave the camera set to "flash" and adjust as I see fit when I open it in post.
LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't heard about a color checker until now. Thanks for your insight!
SteveCaissie-stock Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Professional Photographer
They're not cheap, but they're meant to be an accurate reference. I have two of them, a small pocket version that's encased in plastic (which makes it pretty sturdy) and a larger one that I use for doing shots like this, where the small one would end up being so tiny that it would be hard to take a white balance reading off of it.
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WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017
Thank you very much for the :+fav:
michael-d-beckwith Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hope you have a merry christmas and happy new year. :)
SteveCaissie-stock Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Professional Photographer
Thanks, you as well. :D
arrsistable Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
Thank you so much for allowing the community to use your stock!…
Rrabbix Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the watch. :3

I love your photo's!
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