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Assignment 8Selective Focus vs. Maximum DOF

“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”

—Matt Hardy

Purpose: To Learn How to Use Selective Focus to Draw the Viewer’s Attention to a Particular Subject. To Use Maximum DOF When No Single Object is the Center of Attention.

Selective Focus

Part 1

A good photograph draws the viewer’s attention to what you want them to see. Selective focus is used to draw the viewer’s attention to a particular subject, such as a single person in a crowd, a specific cactus in the desert, or an object you want them to notice.

FIGURE 8.1 By using f/8 and a long lens the photographer was able to blur the background and selectively focus on the sparrow. Photo by Donna Conrad; Minolta Maxxum 7D, 300mm lens, f/5.6 at 1/2000.

FIGURE 8.1 By using ...

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