Depth of Field (DOF)


What is Depth of Field (DOF)?

What is Depth of Field (DOF)?

Literally, the measure of how much of the background and foreground area before and beyond your subject is in focus. Depth of field can be increased by stopping the lens down to smaller apertures. Conversely, opening the lens to a wider aperture can narrow the depth of field. For more on this subject, see the explora article, "Depth of Field, Part I: The Basics."

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