I love shallow Depth Of Field (DOF) when shooting people.  That means the subject is sharp but the background is soft.

When photographers talk about the “depth of field” in an image, they’re referring to how much of the picture they choose to have in focus. You may think “but don’t I want all of my image to be in focus?” Frequently you do, but sometimes you can bring more attention to your subject by reducing the depth of field in a scene, making the background soft and blurry.

If you own a DSLR (camera with interchangeable lenses) but aren’t experimenting with your aperture settings, you’re missing out on one of the most useful tools in your camera.

 

 

11-18-15 Brenden swinging 2

11-18-15 Brenden swinging 3

I used a shallow aperture of 2.8 for these pictures. If the background was in focus Brenden wouldn’t stand out as much.

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Let’s talk about the hat… Grandma couldn’t resist!  I imagine one day Brenden will look at these pictures and say, “What the heck did she put on my head??”

 

11-18-15 Brenden swinging

Brenden loves the swing AND his new reversible hat!