Playing with Depth of Field

Recently I was in the Barrington Tops National Park and was testing out the Fujifilm X-T1 camera and the 18-135mm lens when I came upon this beautiful moss-covered tree. I was curious how, when I changed the aperture, the depth-of-field changed too.

Shallow or Not?

  • Aperture affects Depth of Field (DOF)
  • When is a good time to use it?

Highlights of the following video:
0:21 – f22 aperture image
0:38 – f5.6… see the difference!
1:21 – Which do you prefer?

About Author Brent Mail

Brent Mail is an award winning pro-photographer who loves to help fellow photographers improve their craft. He has created more than a dozen popular photography courses and now spends most of his time in the Share-Inspire-Create Lounge: an online community dedicated to helping photographers master their photography, become inspired and connect with other passionate, creative people. Brent grew up in Africa, lived in Colorado and now runs a successful portrait photography studio close to the beach in Australia.

  • Personaly I prefer the F5.6 version. The choice to use a shallow depth of field or not (to me) is dependent on what I’m trying to show with the image. I love how the blurred moss lets me focus on the rich color and general beauty. Whereas a deeper depth of field gives me more detail but detail adds nothing to my enjoyment of the image. Alternatively if this was intended more for identification of the moss then I’d use F22 for the greater depth of field.