Riding the plane of focus

When you’re working with a macro lens, the depth of field for your shot is very narrow. In this short video, Varina offers a bit of simple advice for making the most of a shallow depth of field.

About Author Varina Patel

There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature. It is both cataclysmic and subtle. Slow and continuous erosion by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by catastrophic events – and minuscule details can be as breathtaking as grand vistas that stretch from one horizon to the other. Nature is incredibly diverse. Burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… Each offers a unique opportunity. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding my next photograph, and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively.

  • Rick

    Trying to incorporate still photography into videography is a challenge, but I have been practicing your techniques with really good results. Of coarse my subject moves, so I have to use it as a general rule.

    • For newer cameras Focus Tracking with Liveview does quite a good job in tracking moving subject. We use this for our video production quite frequently.

  • Fernando Silva

    So true and only practicing will keep me remembering of all the little things about macro :). This video will now be echoing in my mind 🙂

  • Carlo

    Good tip! Sounds so logical, but you have to remember when you’re actually photographing.