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Photography basics - Focus and DoF
Focus and Depth of Field
As we continue our work with the basics of photography it's time to have a look at focusing and the active use of Depth of Field and focus. We will cover the basics in this article and in later articles we will touch more upon subjects such as bokeh and the use of depth of field and focus in other forms of specialized photography.
Before going in to the main subject I feel it important to point out the connection between focus, distance to subject, focal length and aperture.
Here are some general rules for focus, and DoF:
-Focus in on the main subject.
-The closer to the camera the shorter the DoF. (If you stand close to the subject sucha as with macro the smaller DoF you'll get. If you stand farther away you'll get more of the photo in focus.)
-The larger the aperture, the shorter the DoF. (Low f/stop numbers = large aperture high numbers = small aperture.) f/1.8 gives a smaller area in focus than f/8 but f/1.8 allows for faster shutter speeds.
-A combination
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Photography - Basics part 2 (K.I.S.S.)
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Stupid.
In my previous article the rule of thirds was the topic, and a good rule for compsition. This article is about keeping the composition simple, and the image tidy.
If one is a Journalist a tidy image is not always what one wants, but as an artist clutter will not help the end result. This article is therefore intended for the general artist here on :devart: Journalists might find it interesting as well, but they might at times want to break this rule.
Photography rules are never absolute, they are at times anything but. I could say the same for any and every art form.
Keep it simple.
A simple composition can consist of many things, but the image will be pleasing and one or two things will stand out. At times the composition can consist only of one element, period. This will make the image even more simple in composition and at times more pleasing to the eye.
If one starts thinking "I would like to get that, and that and that in to the image as well" one m
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Photography - basics
I have recently been asked to write an article on photography, and so here I start.
The plan is to make this a regular article here on :devart: But this is entirely up to you,
the readers. The article will be written to inspire photographers, wether they are new to
photography or have much experiance. I allso intend to ask other photographers to co-write
some articles on their specialities. So if you would like to help with this article once or
twice, please let me know.
As this is the first article I think it is important to start with the basics. So don't
expect this article to be only on Nikon or Canon SLR cameras, but on photography.
Wether one uses a point and shoot (P&S) camera, or an SLR of some sort, the fundamentals are
the same. The rules of composition, lighting and techniques are all fundamentally the same.
If one specialises in portraits or in landscapes the basic rules apply.
We start with these basic rules and build on these rules and principles. See how they
apply in va
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The June edition of Warm welcome is up an posted. Enjoy these works and :+fav: if liked. Please help PiaG and me promote this project so we can welcome more and more deviants each month. The last month was a bit of a sad month if we talk about the quantity of input we received.

We hope you will enjoy these works of the new deviants. All of you guys who posted their works in the forums thanks a lot and keep up the good work. Also very nice to see there's some poetry.

The July edition can be found here already…

If you guys wanna help out place the july forum link in your sig and don't forget to :+fav: this article

Greetz PiaG and grassiekuik

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Where do we go now by robo-bob


Portal by Bezduch Inny Wymiar by Bezduch


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017 by Aschkelon 014 by Aschkelon 031 by Aschkelon


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:thumb126443857: Sunrise by Free-StyL3 Sunset by Free-StyL3


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I started photography last january. I'll try to find the time to shoot some! Interests are HDR and architecture. And even better.... a combination of the two

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Fawania Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow ,your gallery is beautiful , until now I never seen amazing like this
grassiekuik Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you. Too bad my photography is not renewed lately due to lack of time
PiaG Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
[link] :ninja:

(woot no typos...)
grassiekuik Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
PiaG Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh! Thank you for the watch! :giggle:
TakeMeToAnotherPlace Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
You have an incredibly surreal gallery. I love it. Great job
otsego-amigo Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009   Photographer
thanks! :)
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