Using Shallow Depth of Field in Landscape Photography

When you think of aperture choice and depth of field in landscape photography, you likely trend toward using narrow apertures for a wide depth of field. And while that is certainly a great way to approach images, you can create unique photos by using a narrow depth of field, which is what this excellent video explores. 

Coming to you from Alister Benn with Expressive Photography, this informative video takes a look at using a narrow depth of field in landscape photography. Traditionally, given the subject matter, landscape photographers opt for a wide depth of field to maximize sharpness and get as much of the scene in focus as possible. However, using a narrow depth of field can be a fantastic way to focus your viewer’s attention on a specific spot in the photo and to bring out a smaller subject in a clean, unfussy way. It is also a great method for getting more images out of a scene and creating unique photos that stand apart from the sort of landscapes we are used to looking at. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Benn. 

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out “Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi.” 


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