depth of field Articles

In optics, particularly as it relates to film and photography, depth of field (DOF) is the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appear acceptably sharp in an image. Although a lens can precisely focus at only one distance at a time, the decrease in sharpness is gradual on each side of the focused distance, so that within the DOF, the unsharpness is imperceptible under normal viewing conditions.
In some cases, it may be desirable to have the entire image shar...

Achieve Bokeh With Shallow Depth-of-Field [ReelRebel #40]

Achieve Bokeh With Shallow Depth of Field [ReelRebel #40]

Creating that creamy, out-of-focus background with a sharp, in-focus subject in front of it is all a matter of shallow depth-of-field. And if you really want to impress your friends, call it “bokeh.” It’s achieving a film-like look and making you look more pro.

Learn How to Conquer Depth of Field, One F/Stop at a Time [Reel Rebel #21]

Learn How to Conquer Depth of Field, One F/Stop at a Time [Reel Rebel #21]

On this week's Reel Rebel video production tip, Stephen follows up on our first depth-of-field (DOF) overview to dive a bit deeper into how to control depth of field using your DSLR camera's f-stop. Remember, a shallow depth of field is often desirable as it can produce a more …

The Benefits of Using Neutral Density (ND) Filters & Gels in Video Production [ReelRebel #29]

The Benefits of Using Neutral Density (ND) Filters & Gels in Video Production [ReelRebel #29]

In a previous ReelRebel episode on video lighting tips we taught you how you can utilize gels on your lights in order to keep your color temperature correct to get the best look for your shot.  In this episode Stephen gives an overview of neutral density …

Understanding Depth of Field and How to Create a Professonal Film Look for Your Videos [Reel Rebel #7]

Understanding Depth of Field and How to Create a Professonal Film Look for Your Videos [Reel Rebel #7]

In today's Reel Rebel video production tip, Stephen Schweickart gives an overview of a depth of field, which is ultimately determines your focus area. Understanding and controlling the depth of field can be one of the most valuable tools to create more interesting, creative, and professional looking shots that appear to …

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