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2 The lens Barbara Bosworth Salmon, 1994 & DEPTH OF FIELD

3 Before we discuss depth of field, lets take a quick look at the general purpose of a lens.

4 Light must be controlled if our eyes or our cameras are to form images of objects.

5 This drawing shows light rays that are uncontrolled. If they were to hit the film in their jumbled state the resulting image would be an unfocused blob. If you wear eye glasses, take them off. Blobs right? What you just did was take away your light controlling device. The lens! Film

6 A lens controls and focuses light by bending the light rays. This bending of light rays is called refraction.

7 Uncontrolled light A lens is used to gather & focus the light

8 Now let’s move on to depth of field

9 Depth of field Part 1 Johnny and a the mountain

10 Imagine… …a field, any kind of field you want…hay, wheat, flowers. There is a mountain in the background. There are flowers in the foreground and middleground.

11 Now, Let’s pick a subject to put in the field- Say… Johnny Depp (or whoever you want to imagine… BTW: This is what kind of DOF? (But what if you want to really focus on Johnny?)

12 You might: Adjust your f-stop… but which way?

13 You could simply move closer to Johnny (I like this idea) This would be called Distance to Subject Or even…

14 So… When you are going to photograph something, think about what is in front of them or behind them. Does it add or detract from the subject? What do you want in focus? Your decision will determine whether you have many elements in focus or just one. This is depth of field

15 the amount of acceptable focus in a photograph the area between the nearest and farthest points from the camera that are acceptably sharp in an image. def. depth of field:

16 There are 2 types of depth of field: S hallow * G reat/ Broad *Keep in mind that great does not mean wonderful or good. Think of it as deep focus…everything from the front to the back in the image is in focus.



19 Elliot Erwitt New York, 1946

20 Great depth of field Karl Baden Amelia, 1995

21 G reat

22 Jack Dykinga Mojave National Preserve, California


24 Activity: Working in teams of two or individually: Using post-it notes or a marker, please label each image Either “shallow” or “great”. Tape them on the white board. Using magazines, find… 2 examples of great depth of field and 2 examples of shallow depth of field. *please find the best examples you can

25 *controlling what is in focus in your images *Controlling depth of field Part 2

26 There are 3 ways to control dof: 1. Lens focal length (how your lens sees) 2. Camera to subject distance (how far away your main subject is from the camera) 3. Lens aperture (how big or small the hole in the lens is)

27 Let’s begin with lens focal length Focal length refers to how much a lens sees. There are four general types of lenses: 1. normal 2. wide angle 3. telephoto 4. zoom

28 This drawing shows the angle of view of different focal lengths Focal length degrees

29 A normal lens for a 35mm camera sees just like your eye does. There is no or little distortion. 50mm lens

30 28mm lens A wide angle lens, (a.k.a. a short lens) sees more than what your eye typically sees. The view is widened and objects appear smaller.

31 85mm lens300mm lens Telephoto lenses ( a.k.a. long lenses) see far away objects close-up. They magnify the object so it appears larger than it really is.

32 Zoom lenses basically have all three of the other types built into them. Zoom lenses are nice because you can pick which focal length or angle of view you want. 28-85mm zoom The disadvantage of zoom lenses is that they don’t have large apertures so you need plenty of light to use one.

33 So how is dof affected by the lens focal length? Here’s the rule: The shorter the lens ( like a 17 or 28mm lens) The greater the dof.

34 The shorter the lens ( like a 17 or 28mm lens) The greater the dof.

35 The second technique to control dof is using camera to subject distance. The rule with this one is… The farther away the camera is from the subject the greater the dof.


37 The last technique to control dof is by using the lens aperture. The rule with this one is… The smaller the aperture the greater the dof.


39 So let’s review how to control… depth of field

40 Focal length Camera to subject distance Aperture size

41 Questions ?! Now…on to the assignment. Tomorrow!

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