Is this "DOF" usually for things far away? Outdoors?
(in manual mode)
I tried in Manual mode to photo some bowls, from about a foot or two away. I can't get the blurred effect. \
I probably can get it in macro, but that's not what the lesson is about, right?
Also, in Manual....I get a lot of "black" photos. Nothing shows up. oh lah.
This is stress.
have to take a nap.
Linda and Zoë, the Umlaut
Linda, Hang in there!! What if you try and reproduce some of the pictures others have posted using their settings and see what you get?
The key to getting shallow DOF is using a large aperture (small number). The key to getting broad DOF is using a small aperture (large number). It's so much easier when you're learning to work outside. You want a shallow DOF when you are shooting closeups or portrait type pictures. You want a broad DOF when you're shooting landscapes. If you're shot are dark, your photos are underexposed. Hang in there.
Eiderdowns That's My Buddy
CDX, RE, WC, CGC, TDInc.
don't stress... it's a learning curve
Feel free to post a few examples, include the EXIF you used and we'll be glad to help you get the desired effect.
Today I learned about DOF, but I am by no means an expert. He simplified it for us-
Bigger number= bigger depth of field (meaning more in the picture that has clarity)
smaller number= smaller depth of field (less in the picture has clarity, blurred background)
I kept repeating that to myself.
He had a diagram for us- I'll see if I can find it online, but it helped to understand exactly what was going on.
edited to add: Above "number" means fstop number.
Linda, do you know how to change the AV setting? I am only asking this because, after a year of owning this camera, I just figured out how to actually change the AV in Manual a week or so ago.
If you already do know how to do it, please, ignore this. But if not....
Look at the your LCD display on the back of your camera. On the upper right hand corner, there is a button marked 'AV' Then, look to see the dial that "rolls" just behind the shutter release button. Now, (and this is the tricky part!) press the AV button with your right thumb, and (simulataneously) roll the dial with your right pointer finger . Practice this without taking a shot, and holding the camera away from your face, looking at the LCD. You will see a number changing on the LCD. The lower the number, the more shallow your depth of field will be (blurred background.) The higher the number, the more broad your depth of field will be (everything will be in focus.)
I hope this helps.
Murphy, Riley, and Piper