Depth of field? What is it, and how to use it creatively

If you are an avid travel snapper, you may have noticed the “A” or “AV” setting on your camera’s dial. This stands for Aperture Priority, meaning “I want to decide what the Aperture setting should be for this shot and I want the camera to do the hard work.” Your camera will set the shutter speed accordingly.

Children love posing and these kids from Banana Island in Sierra Leone are no different. To make the most of your subject’s antics pay close attention to your depth of field. Using a small aperture will make them pop into the foreground and blur the background. Use your Aperture Priority button (AV Canon) (A Nikon) on your camera and set to the smallest possible aperture, then your camera will do the rest!

Camera Settings: ISO: 100, Shutter Speed: 1000th, Aperture: 1.4, Lens: 24 1.4

If you want to really knock out the background try using a longer lens. Stand further back from the subject and set your lowest aperture. If you want the best results get up early and catch some of that morning light, like this shot taken in Myanmar.

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Camera Settings: ISO: 100, Shutter Speed: 800th, Aperture: 2.8, Lens: 200