This week’s assignment from “The Visual Toolbox” is utilizing tighter apertures to deepen our focus. As a pet photographer, I tend to go for the wider apertures (1.4-5.6) in order to isolate my subject since I always am looking for that wonderful “bokeh” that we all love. But DuChemin says that such a blur, which is actually due to a short depth of field, can be overrated. And sometimes, while striving for that short depth of field, some important items can be blurred and, hence, deemed not as necessary to the story. We were told to shoot with an aperture of f10 and adjust the speed accordingly. When I kept the ISO at 100, the speed was really slow, so I upped the ISO, ultimately, to 640 so that I could get a speed of 1/160. I took nearly 2 dozen photos of Chloe in front of some bushes in our yard and everyone of them had Chloe very sharp. The composition of all of them may not have been to my liking, but they were all sharp. While there was no severe bokeh, there was a slight blur.
Now click over to Northeastern PA Pet Photographer, I Got The Shot to see how they did this week’s assignment.