Exercising control over depth of field is one of the most powerful tools in creating photographs with impact. There are times when having an image tack sharp from foreground to background makes sense because you want all the elements to have equal weight.
But there are times when you’ll want to use a shallow depth of field to emphasize line, texture, pattern, gesture and emotional content. Here’s an example I set up in the studio. Julia has wonderful bone structure, and her freckles only add to that. I wanted to call attention to the raw, authentic beauty of her complexion, something that is so often covered up, and at the same time create a sense of intimacy and romance. Using a shallow depth of field seemed the perfect way to accomplish these things.
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