What is DOF?

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  1. Holly

    Holly TPF Noob!

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    Im seeing this a lot here.. and now Im curious to know what DOF is.. Is it very important to use when taking photos???


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  2. Johnboy2978

    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    DOF is Depth of Field. My definition of it, which will probably be better defined by others is related to the amount of background which is in focus. A shallow DOF has the subject clearly in focus while the background is very much out of focus and blurred. A wider DOF is when both the foreground is in focus as well as the background. The aperture settings control how much or how little of a DOF you capture. An aperture value of 2.8 will show a much more shallow DOF than one of say 22.
    Hope this helps, and again, I would expect that someone else will come along with a much more detailed answer than I.
     
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    You can look up the f64 club for some interesting ideas on taking DOF to extremes!

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