Textured surface

When I’m teaching new photographers, one of the things which seems to excite people most is the move from Auto to Aperture-Priority function, allowing the photographer to control the depth of field in their image.  In basic principle, it is such a simple thing to learn, and yet it has the ability to alter and enhance an image radically.  I say it’s basic “in principle” advisedly…learning how best to use it in practice can be a little more demanding, but still a lot of fun.

There are all sorts of ways in which controlling depth of field can help to bring out the impact in an image.  In today’s picture, I wanted to bring out the richly textured surface in the bricks, while still maintaining a view of the wall as a whole.  By using a shallow depth of field, I’ve kept the focus on a narrow band of textured brickwork, allowing the rest of the wall to fade off into soft focus on either side.

Red brick wall, showing texture of the bricks

Textured surface

About simongregor

Photographer, business thinker and tour guide.
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