Monday, March 30, 2009

Instructor's Tip: KISS Method Part 5

I hope you enjoy this week's "Instructor's Tip" by one of my favorite instructors, award winning nature photographer Russ Burden. To learn more about how Russ captured this image, join him on one of his photo tours. Visit Russ Burden Photography to get more information.

"KISS Method: Keep It Sweet And Simple PART 5

Use Long Lenses to Isolate Your Subject From the Background:
Most people purchase a long lens for the most obvious reason - to pull in subjects that are far away to create larger images of them. What they may not realize is the added benefit of having narrow depth of field to isolate their subject against a soft background especially at wide open apertures. Sports, nature, and portrait photographers exploit this phenomena constantly.

As the focal length of the lens increases, the depth of field decreases. For example, if you stand at the same spot with a subject at a constant distance and one frame is shot using a 100mm lens set to f8 and another with a 300mm lens set to f8, the frame shot with the 100mm will have more depth of field. Therefore, if your subject is approachable and you want to have it “pop out” from an unobtrusive background, opt for the bigger lens."


To take a class with Russ or a fellow Digital Photo Academy instructor in your area, check out the Digital Photo Academy. I took Russ' intermediate and advanced courses last year, and he continues to be a strong source of knowledge and encouragement as I progress in my photography.

Don't forget to check Take Great Pictures for Russ' most recent tips. On the home page, click on the "Photo Tips And Techniques" button in the left hand column. Additionally, check out his "Digital Tip of the Month" found by clicking on the Digital Photography button.

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