11 EXAMPLES OF CREATIVE USES OF NARROW DEPTH OF FIELD
With either the foreground or the background of your image blurred, you can cut out the noise and bring out the essence of the scene or the occasion. By eliminating distractions from the image, this technique helps you highlight a specific part in your image and connect the viewer directly with the subject in your photo. Check out all the gorgeous photos featured in this blog, showcasing the beauty of the narrow depth of field and its cinematic effect on images.
1. Sara France Photography
This is another beautiful example of creative use of narrow depth of field in images. Created by our customer Sara France of Sara France Photography, this engagement image uses depth of field creatively to keep the main subject in focus while putting the background slightly out of focus and still keeping it clear enough for the viewer to be able to identify what it is.
2. Diane Nicole Photography
Shallow or narrow depth of field has been used creatively in this ring shot created by SDE customer Diane Clifford of Diane Nicole Photography. It uses a similar technique by keeping the main subject (the ring) in focus while ensuring that the object in the background is identifiable but not too sharp to distract the viewer’s eyes. Also, what accentuates the dazzling beauty of the glittering rings is the solid black background or negative space.
3. Breonna Wells Photography
SDE customer Breonna Wells of Breonna Wells Photography took this lovely picture of the bride reading the vows (or letter from the groom) by deftly using a narrow depth of field. Breonna kept the piece of paper in focus while resorting to an over-the-shoulder camera angle to draw in the viewer into the image, keeping the bride still in the frame but as a blurred outline. This effect can also be achieved with a tilt shift lens, which is a great custom lens that photographers use to achieve a creative depth of field.
4. Flavio D Photography
Woah! Just look at those brightly colored smiley faces out there. This image by Flavio DeBarros of Flavio D Photography uses shallow depth of field to create space for the subject and frame them using foreground elements. This looks like it was shot through a fence that had decorations on it – you can just see faint lines of the fence against the bride-to-be’s hair if you look closely. That’s such a creative use of narrow depth of field to add some elements of interest to the image!
5. IQ Photo
This fantastic image of the bride with the city view showcases a very unique use of narrow depth of field where the subject in the foreground is out of focus and the background gets the focus. Created by SDE customer Josef Kohn of IQ Photo, the image communicates a sense of place while still staying true to its subject (the bride) and never losing focus (both literally and figuratively!) of the visual story it aims to narrate.
6. Brandi Allyse Photo
It’s a bird – no, it’s a plane and an amazingly creative capture! And a great example of how the narrow depth of field effect can elevate your image to the next level. This photo taken by our customer Brandi Allyse Salerno of Brandi Allyse Photo showcases a couple locking hands while staying out of focus as an airplane in focus flies right above them, with the couple doubling up as a natural frame for the object in the center. What a wow image not only because of the creative visualization and use of the depth of field but also because of the position the photographer had to take to capture this shot!
7. Looyenga Photo
You say a fairy-tale effect of narrow depth of field; we say look at this image by SDE customer Brent Looyenga of Looyenga Photo. This image may have been created with a special filter that goes on a lens that makes lights turn to orbs, or it could have been done with a lens at 1.4 or 1.8 and shot through many layers of twinkle lights, with the sharp focus falling right on the couple. Just stellar!
8. Wild Trail Studio
Such an adorable black and white image of the groom planting a kiss on the lips of his beautiful bride, with the bridal party cheering and showering their love on the couple beautifully encircled by the natural border formed by the couple. This image is a great creative use of narrow depth of field by our customer Brian Bossany of Wild Trail Studio. This could be done with a 24-70 or 70-200 at 2.8, or again a lens at 1.4 or 1.8.
9. Infinite Loop Photography
This awe-inspiring image by SDE customer Jerry Cantave of Infinite Loop Photography uses the architectural elements of the structure to frame the couple at the center. It gives the molded posts some room to breathe on the left and the right and shows what the foreground elements are in greater detail, keeping the pillars out of focus. The whole composition is so pleasing to the eyes.
10. Robb Mccormick Photography
Our customer Robb McCormick of Robb McCormick Photography creatively used a narrow depth of field in this photo to depict a great groom and groomsmen portrait. He showcased the groom – sharp and in focus – but the gentleman in the background and his cigar smoke trail still clearly identifiable but sketchy and out of focus. So dramatic and so striking!
11. Laibel Schwartz Photography
In this image below, depth of field is creatively used to make the lights in the background look like glittering orbs. It’s such a beautiful silhouette of a couple created by SDE customer Laibel and Chana Schwartz of Laibel Schwartz Photography. This was likely taken from a distance using a 70-200mm lens at 2.8 or a 1.4 or 1.8f stop on a lens rated for that.
To say the least, we are left super impressed by all the images taken by our SDE customers and think that they make for great examples of creative uses of narrow depth of field. (Of course, that’s why they made it to our list here.) We hope you enjoyed scrolling through them and observing all the big and small details as much as we loved sharing such lovely pieces of artistically created images with you. For your next engagement session or wedding assignment, you can incorporate some shallow depth of field shots to wow your clients with some sublime and ethereal images. If you are looking for more wedding photography inspiration, we have lots in our blog section. Check it out to get a glimpse of incredible images by SDE customers, funny photography quotes, tips, and a lot more.
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