Achieving a Shallow Depth of Field in Camera

  Posted in Camera on

  by Dave Kim


Achieving a Shallow Depth of Field in Camera

Many beginning photographers often struggle with getting a shallow depth of field and their photos. The shallow depth allows the subject to stand out more while the background is blurry. There are a few simple things you can do to ensure you get a shallow depth of field in your photography. Some of the things you can do are through the camera itself, while others will require you to purchase a lens. In this article, we will discuss the in-camera settings to get the shallow depth of field.

One of the simplest things you can do is position your subject a good distance from the objects behind them. The farther away from the background they are, the more blurry the background will be. Of course, I realize this could be a challenge in tight places. Luckily, there are other things you can do to help with this.

Many of the modern DSLR cameras have settings that let you choose a portrait mode. On a Canon, the icon is a small head. The portrait mode setting allows you to use a large aperture, making the depth of field smaller. We will cover some of these terms in later posts. It is good to try out the portrait mode while you are learning your camera so you can become more familiar with it.

Using the Aperture priority mode¬†is another setting that can help you achieve Shallow depth of field.This is typically represented with an “A” which stands for Aperture¬†Priority Mode. This mode allows you to choose the aperture only, and allows the camera to choose all the other settings. If you want to shallow depth of field, choose a large aperture. Try taking photos at different apertures to see how your backgrounds are affected.
If you are unable to get the effect you desire using these methods, you may need to look into buying a lens that will allow you to achieve a shallow depth of field. We will discuss that option in the next article.