Lenses for Shallow Depth of Field

If you have tried to accomplish a shallow depth of field in camera, but are still not successful, you may want to consider buying a new (or used) lens to help you with it.

A zoom lens is a great way to get a shallow depth of field. Most zoom lenses will give you a variety of focal lengths. Different maximum apertures at different points on the spectrum for focal length will be on many of the zooms you use. For example, a 55 mm lens would give you maximum aperture of f5.6 while the 18 mm would give you maximum aperture of f3.5 if you go with an 18-55mm kit lens. Many people seem to think that 18 mm end of the range will give the best blurry backgrounds and focal length because of the bigger aperture. The only problem with that idea is that the 18 mm shoot set a wide angle which means, if you’re shooting a portrait, you will need to be very close to your subject, potentially distorting the features on their face.

I personally prefer to shoot at the 55 mm end of the lens. This allows me to stand back farther, thus making my subject feel more at ease and causing the background to be further away from where I am shooting. Even using the fastest aperture around will still get you a blurry background. A zoom lens will also give you the ability to fill up your frame with the subject, putting the focus where it should be.

Of course, not everyone can go out and purchase a new lens to get the shallow depth of field they desire. It can be hard to add that into your budget. Just remember, maximum apertures are provided by different lenses. The ones that are larger and faster allow you to make your depth of field smaller. It also gives you the opportunity to shoot in situations of low light without the need of a flash. My favorite for the Canon DSLR is the Canon 50 mm f/1.8 lens that I use. It is great for portraits with its good focal length, it is very fast, and one of the more affordable lenses made by Canon.

If you are in the market for a new zoom lens, take your time and shop around. While the kit lenses can get you more variety, you may want to consider a fixed lens, depending on your needs.

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.

 

Simple Ways to Clean Your DSLR Lens

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Your DSLR camera lens should be cleaned regularly as part of the cameras maintenance. The you should certainly be very careful during the process, there’s no reason to be scared of cleaning it. When it is dirty is obviously the best time to clean the lens. If you clean it too often, you can do more damage than good. When it is time to clean it, there are some simple tips to help:

Cleaning Fluid for Your Lens

you can find alcohol based lens cleaning fluid at most camera stores. This fluid can help you lift smudges like fingerprints without streaking your lens or filter. It only requires a small amount of fluid, typically just a drop or two, then a cleaning tissue to gently wipe the fluid in a circular motion. It is best to apply the liquid to the tissue rather than to the lens. Before you use any kind of cloth or tissue, make certain there is no grit on the cloth or the lens. Otherwise, you could potentially scratch your lens.

Blowers

most camera stores offer a wide variety of blowers. These can be great for cleaning the body of your camera, including the lens, but great caution should be taken when used on the inside of your camera. If you blow inside the camera, you could potentially blow dust into the inside rather than helping. Before you blow the air on your camera, squeeze the trigger a few times first so that any dust inside the nozzle will be blown out.

Using Brushes

a brush is a great way to get the big stuff off of your camera. The best kind of brush to use is camel hair since it is fine and soft, helping you to avoid scratches on your lens. There are also lens cleaning pins available that have a cleaning pad on one end and a retractable brush on the other.

You will need to try these different ways to figure out which one works best for your camera and your needs. Always work in an area with plenty of light and take your time.