How do you make your subjects stand out so much? – This is a question that I get ALOT in emails (which I DO enjoy by the way!!). One of my struggles starting out was figuring out how to achieve this “pop” that I saw in other photographer’s work. Pssssttt…the secret? Depth of field!!!! Some of you oldies are rolling your eyes, but for newer photographers this makes a world of difference!
Separating your subject from your background through use of depth of field (aperture or f/stop) & distance between camera and subject will help to make your subjects stand out.
Here are some examples!
Achieving depth of field really is pretty simple 🙂 If you remember the lower the f/stop number, the more blur you’re going to have in your photograph! Go out and practice with different f/stop numbers on the same subject. I promise, you’ll see a difference!
In this photograph, I had a larger f/stop to capture more of the photograph, the subjects seem to blend in more to the background.
Note the car to the left, the low f/stop helped to blur it out and put the focus on the subject.
Great distance between subject and backdrop made her seem significant in a huge field. Without the f/stop she would’ve looked tiny.
It’s not a science, but it does take practice. Just remember these tips to achieving the depth of field to make your subjects pop!
- Low f/stop
- Greater distance between subject and backdrop
- Shoot through somethingBe creative!