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  • Yesterday we shared some crucial recommend reading and our favorite photography books. Starting today, we're going to talk about the first of many topics on exposure. These phrases are key in understanding how you can take a better photo for your blog. In particular we are going to talk about F-stops, aka depth of field, and what it is. We'll talk about how it relates to exposure in a future post.

    Depth of field, according to Wikipedia, is "In optics, particularly as it relates to film and photography, the depth of field (DOF) is the portion of a scene that appears acceptably sharp in the image."

    Depth of field often is the most important element to the photographer. People will look at a photo and will be like "wow, I really like that photo" and not really understand why. In particular as a wedding and portrait photographer, I tend to like a shallow depth of field, or f-stops in the lower range of 1.4 to 2.8, which means there is more blurriness in front and behind your main subject. When at the lower number, your camera lens is what they call "wide open" - meaning it's at the largest opening to let the most light in. You can often see when you are changing f-stops how the lens hole changes (or aperture opening). photo courtesy of nobadfoto.com

  • understand aperture openings and what that means for taking better photos

  • Take for example these next few storyboards. The first is of Natalie and Ryan as they watched their Love Story film at their reception. We focus on Natalie as she tears up, then in another moment, focus on Ryan as he laughs.

  • Learn how to use Depth of field to take better blog photos

  • This is an example of how you can use depth of field to make something as simple as flowers stand out. Doesn't this make you want to learn how to do a little flowering arranging of your own? This photo was taken at ISO 2000, 1.4 f-stop (of course!), and at 1/30 second shutter.

  • Learn how to use Depth of field to take better blog photos

  • This last example for you food bloggers out there, is how you can make cake pops literally pop off the page. When using an f-stop of 1.4 you can create such awesome photos.

  • Learn how to use Depth of field to take better blog photos

  • Be sure to read this article on Depth of field. As it will play into our future discussions about exposure.

    You can get back to the monthly table of contents of Taking Better Blog Photos via our Day 1 post.

    To join this FREE 31 Day series simply sign up HERE to have each day's topic delivered to your inbox. Eventually this series, as well as other photography tips will be added to my new site www.healthylivinghappyhome.com (which is not up yet), so another reason to sign up now is that you will be the first to receive new information as the new site goes live!

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