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Depth of field and aperture

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4 years 7 months ago #3202 by Photo Answers Archive
I watched the tutorial on the 1/3-2/3 rule for depth of field. Are there anymore "rules" for shooting casual portraits such as the best aperture? I shoot with a Canon xsi and use a Canon 50mm f1.8 as my portrait lens.

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4 years 7 months ago #3278 by Photo Answers Archive
I need to make a video on that...50mm lenses are not 'portrait' lenses since they don't give you realistic images at all focal lengths. For tight headshots it will distort the image. Portrait lenses don't do that.

Other rules you should be aware of are composition rules such as rule of thirds, merger, lines, s curves, triangles, etc. Spend some time shooting in a relaxed situation or for testing to get used to how your lens/camera behaves at different apertures and focal lengths. Just remember the closer your subject (focal length) the shallower your DoF.

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4 years 5 months ago #3637 by Jose Cruz
I have seen photos of subjects shot at smaller apetures upclose,but I thought at f11 it wouldn't work because of dof.can someone explain why?:/

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4 years 5 months ago #3645 by Gregory Cazillo
The closer the camera is to the subject the shallower your DOF gets, does that answer your question?

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4 years 5 months ago #3653 by Jose Cruz
At a shallow dof ,wouldn't it be better to use a wider aperture?

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4 years 5 months ago #3655 by Gregory Cazillo
If thats what you would like to create, depends on the photograph and how shallow of a depth of field you really want.

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