Lesson 4 – Tell Your Story with Depth of Field (dof)

Day 4 - 30Day Food Photos

Finding your Depth

Depth of Field or dof is usually a by-product in a photograph. Most new food photographers do not plan for depth of field.

Depth of Field is rarely decided thoughtfully.

New food photographers, focus on the subject and press the button. Click, and its done.

Have you done this before? This is how I used to shoot. I would look at the subject and just be so fascinated that I would start clicking without any plan, and 10, 20, 50 photos later I would have a photo that would "feel" okay.

Depth of field plays a crucial role in telling a story - a story that you have thoughtfully written.

On Day 6, storytelling will become more clear, for now, realize that you should choose a depth of field that complements your story. Don't let depth of field become an afterthought.

Today you will learn how depth of field impacts storytelling. What story are you telling with your food photo?

Yesterday we talked about the first element that impacts composition – a good camera angle. Depth of field is the second element that helps you compose a photo that tells your story. How much depth should you have in your photo, or how "deep" should your focus be, depends on your story.

I am sure you’ve all read about how changing the f-stop can change the depth of field and how moving the lens to subject distance impacts depth of field. We will not talk about that in this lesson. (If you would like to learn about depth-of-field (dof) read about basics of depth of field or how to control shallow depth of field in food photography.)

More intriguing than the technical know-how of how to create (or reduce) depth in a photo is when and why to do make those technical decisions.

So how should you choose depth of field?

You need to define what you are trying to communicate.

Several years back, most food photos were like the one below - one subject in front would be in focus and same or similar subject would be at the back, out of focus.

Cliche Food Photo from  2009 era

Cliche Food Photo from 2009 era

While these photos were in trend those days, there is a certain story that you can tell with them too. Let's look at this photo -

Why are there two desserts? Is this about two people? Why is one blurred? Does the shallow depth here imply distance? Is this about dessert for two people where the white space (and no person behind the second dessert) says that second person didn't show up? Or is it just about two pieces of dessert and not deep story?

Now imagine if the photograph had greater depth (meaning large distance was in focus) and the second dessert was in focus too? What if the window behind the second dessert and in the background was visible? How would that change the story this photograph is telling?

Learn to make a conscious decision about depth of field. Don't let it become an element you never actually think about.

This one change will make you a more thoughtful food photographer.

Your task today is to select a subject that you chose on Day 2, and photograph it using different depth of field. If you don’t have the subject that you chose on Day 2, pick some other food subject and do this task.

Today’s Assignment Step by Step

Estimated time: 30-60 mins

Step 1 – Choose a subject that you want to photograph.

Step 2 – Set up the subject and whatever props/background you plan to use. Do not change this setting in the entire assignment.

Step 3 – For this subject, you have to take three different photograph. Photograph 1 – isolated photograph of the subject, but no props. Hint: Use as shallow dof as possible.

Step 4 – For photograph 2, your subject is situated/placed in the surrounding but is still the main focus. Use appropriate dof. Hint: Since subject is in the environment, use a little more depth than photograph 1, but not too much. See the photo above.

Step 5 – For photograph 3, the story is that the subject is one of the main items. How should your depth of field change? Hint: use dof so that everything in the frame is in focus.

Step 6 –Post these three photographs in lesson 4 album in course Facebook group. [Important: You will need to be a group member to see the album page. Please make sure you have requested access for the Course Facebook group, without this you won't be able to see any of the lesson albums].

You can make it more useful if you also change camera angle as we discussed on Day 3.
  • i’m excited to do those assignments

  • Anne Livingston

    Great exercise! First two were at 4.0 aperture, the last one was all the way to 22. Here is the first.

    • Well done.

      • Anne Livingston

        Thank you, Neel!

    • Guest

      Good job! Anne could you pls tell me what type of camera and lens you used for these photos? Thanks!

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Good job! Anne could you pls tell me what type of camera and lens you used for these photos? Thanks!

  • Anne Livingston

    Here is the second (with props)

  • Anne Livingston

    Here is the second (with props, 4.0 aperture)

    • I love this shot, Amee! Such great composition!

      • Anne Livingston

        Thank you, Becca!

    • kristin nicole

      Looks great!!

      • Anne Livingston

        Thank you, Kristin Nicole! Hey, have you gotten the most recent email about today’s assignment (#5)? I can’t seem to find it.

        • I only got Assignment 4 today. And i can’t even post my pictures on it, now it showing me as guest 🙁

          • I get the email late too!

          • Anne Livingston

            I think what happened (did this happen to you?) was that we got Day 2 lesson on the same day as Day 1, and at least for me, I suddenly thought I was behind, but we were actually all ahead. Now we will be waiting til tomorrow (a.m.) or later this even to get day 5, which is supposed to be Friday.

          • Yes that happened to me too. All of a sudden I was “a day ahead” or “behind” lol. Yes okay so we are on the right track… sort of lol. I hope Neel does change it, it was giving me problems submitting that I had to create a new log in 🙁

          • Hi Kristin, more details in my comment… below

          • Weird

          • Anne Livingston

            Ohhh…I think I was getting to the assignments early. Tomorrow is Day 5. Cool. I checked in the FAQ and it sounds like Neel is not happy with how this site is working…maybe we’ll be switching to a new one? Like Flickr?

          • Me, too!

          • Same exact problem here, Kristin

        • Hi sorry folks…. As far as the Day 1, that was on Aug 4th, and so Aug 7th = Day 4. Aweber – the email service I’ve been using for this had, what seems like, a pretty major breakdown. They went on Unscheduled maintenance and sending and receiving email was messed up. As a result, the email delivery went haywire (or at least that’s what I think). The good thing is it’s not broken too bad. Some are receiving emails early, which is no harm, but on the other hand, some are receiving them towards their end of day.

          I’ve been trying to work with Aweber but that has not helped all that much. I hope we can work with this without major issues. Thanks for your patience.

          • Thanks for clearing that up Neel 🙂

          • Anne Livingston

            Thank you, Neel! I understand about the technical difficulties. This is a great class; looks like we’re all just super excited to do it! 🙂 A good problem to have. Thanks for doing so much to give us an awesome experience! I appreciate it and have already benefited from this experience.

          • Thanks for this info Neel. You are doing an amazing job and certainly pushing me to try some new stuff.
            It’s great to see other people’s work as they create it too.
            Thanks again for all your hard work in putting this together.
            Cheers Kev

    • This is really beautiful Anne.

      • Anne Livingston

        Thanks, Linda!

  • Anne Livingston

    My third pic has too many MB! I have to figure out how to resize and then post it.

  • Me too excited for this assignment . DoF is one of my favorites.

  • Nandita Shyam Sunder

    This is an old shot. Just thought of sharing this here

    • Hey… I am reading all comments too… no old shots. . 🙂 I am sure you are taking one based on the assignment too. Post it soon – Neel

  • Guest

    Okay, here are the resized shots, all three together. First is alone, shallow depth of field (4.0 aperture), second is with props at 4.0 aperture, third is with props with larger DOF (22 aperture). Such a different story!

    • Anne Livingston

      This is Anne Livingston’s post. It says “Guest” on there. Anyway! It’s mine. Still working out how to use this interface.

    • Yesibeth

      I like your work! 🙂

      • Anne Livingston

        Thank you, Yesibeth!

    • Sandy

      Nice pictures. Your pictures capture the assignment beautifully!

      • Anne Livingston

        Thank you, Sandy! I really enjoyed this assignment.

    • Oh wow! I like all of them.

      • Anne Livingston

        Cool! Thanks, Elis. I was really surprised by how different they feel, you know? Did you have that same experience?

        • Yes, the importance of the leaf in the front always changes. Every photo tells something different.

    • Great shots

    • Jens Erik Ebbesen

      Great shots – i like the middel one the best!

    • Joolz

      I like these images a lot. One thing I wonder is if the leaf in front were placed at a slight diagonal so that the tip of the stem slightly points to the bowl, like a leading line.

  • Anne Livingston

    Here is the third of the three shots. The large depth of field tells a way different story than the shallow depth of field (in a different comment)!

  • Ashley Cattell

    I struggled with this assignment as I wasn’t too familiar with F-stop and aperture and read a couple of articles to meander through. Some additional recommended readings would be helpful. It was a great exercise and one I’ll need more practice with 🙂

    • Ashley Cattell

      whoops, added the wrong photo #2, here it is

      • Hi, I have the same background. I used it as a backdrop in my today’s picture.

  • I took the first one at 1.8 the second at 2.8 and the third at 5.0 F stop. They were all taken at 100 iso. For the third one I needed to use a tripod because of shutter speed having to be lower.

    • This is exactly what the assignment was intended to be. great job.

      • Thank you @maryannedonahoe:disqus 🙂 I just received these items today from a relatives garden. They came in the bag I used for the photos.

    • Karen Schmautz

      These are all very nice. Seems you were able to satisfy the assignment in a great way.

    • Sandy

      Nice color combination. Really like the first picture. The red really pops with the two greens.

    • Nice job of keeping the whites from going gray.

      • @susanbryg:disqus I kept the white balance a little brighter than I normally do.

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      Like the color contrast! and red really pops out! contrast in the size of the red subject really feels more dramatic to me! amazed me! Like it!

  • Guest

    These were taken at 2.8, 6.3 and f16 respectively. I increased the ISO as I stopped down to adjust the exposure.

    • Susan Augustine

      This was my first post but I thought I deleted it. Hmmm, now I can’t delete it because it says it was posted by “guest”!

      • Anne Livingston

        Totally, Susan! That happened to me as well. Good to know for tomorrow. I love your shots! My favorites are with the blueberry “pint” container, especially at 6.3.

  • Susan Augustine

    These were each taken at 2.8, 6.3 and f16 respectively. I increased the ISO as I stopped down.

    • beautiful 🙂

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      I like the composition , background and color contrast in the image.
      And i like the first one image with shorter dof is really looks dramatic.

  • Shot at f/1.8, f/8, f/13

    • Karen Schmautz

      I like the third photo’s angle very much.

    • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

      The third shot is great. The colors!!

      • thanks! love photoshop b/c those brussles werent that vibrant in real life

  • I was going to do this exercise tomorrow but decided to do it in the last minute just before sunset. I was in hurry to take the pictures before it got dark and did not pay much attention to how I placed the props. Pictures needs some straightening but left it as it is.

    • Ashley Cattell

      Yes we do have the same backdrop 😉 Adore the photo’s btw!

      • Kitchen Karma

        Love the photos Usha!

        • Thanks Ashley & Kitchen Karma

    • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

      Usha thats beautiful

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      I feel nice color harmony in the picture! Looks soft and warm!

    • Jens Erik Ebbesen

      I like the shots, however it might be a good idea to off-center the green leaves in the forefront.

      • Thanks for the feed back. Point noted. Will try so that next time.

  • Karen Schmautz

    Photo number 1 with the main subject isolated and no props. You can still kind of see the prop, so I didn’t do a great job. I think if I moved the strawberries further apart and moved the ceramic cone back, it would have blended into the background better. Photo number two the main front strawberry is a little less isolated showing more of the background.

    • I really like the second one. The light shining off the strawberries makes me think morning, breakfast and fresh start.

    • Well done. Nice shallow depth of field in both the pictures. Though I like the second better.

    • Sandy

      Nice pictures. Great lighting and depth of field.

    • Nabeela Ismail

      This is really lovely!

    • love it Karen, love the dof!!!!

    • Absolutely love it.

    • Jackie Rudberg

      Love the effect here – clues me in to what I should be aiming for 🙂 Thanks

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      I like both the pictures same. Beautiful subject and color contrast, it looks fresh!

    • Jens Erik Ebbesen

      Hi – i really like the second one, great light !

  • Karen Schmautz

    Couldn’t add the third photo, so here is number 3 showing the main strawberry (front strawberry) is part of a group of strawberries.

  • Miss Food Fairy

    The first photo of cayenne powder, with no props, was set on f2.8.

    • Miss Food Fairy

      The second photo (pictured left) of cayenne pepper with props was set on f8.0 – everything is in focus. The third photo (pictured right) was set on f2.8 – cayenne powder the main focus.

      • I like the idea with the different states of chili.

  • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

    This was challenging for me! I guess the photos should tell the story, but I’ll just say that I call this trio of photos “The Tip of the Iceberg.” Now I’m heading back to the garden…

    • haha.. I like the way you used your garden as props in these photos. Nice 🙂

      • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

        Thank you! I’m a little overwhelmed with my green bean abundance right now…thought I’d better get it documented 🙂

    • I love the garden pictures!

      • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

        Thank you so much, Elis! Love to garden!

        • Oh yes, me too. That the reason why I am so appealed to your photos.

  • Guest

    more pantry items.

  • Here are my three. Critic as much as you want please. I hope they all load up.

    • Hi Cyndy! The two different shades of green are not so perfect in my opinion. Maybe you should try everything on the red surface.

  • Gayathri Kumar

    The first photo is f5.6, the second 7.1 and the third is 16.

    • I like the second pic Gayathri. The lighting on the chilies is perfect in that picture. And of course, I like shallow dept of field in food pictures.

  • Tina

    Here is my depth pic – any feedback is highly appreciated

    • Nabeela Ismail

      Gorgeous depth pic!

    • Kitchen Karma

      Lovely photo…

    • Fernando

      Woah, amazing shot!

    • Nancy Verstraeten

      I like this one a lot. The focus is on the right part of the picture for me!

    • Susan Augustine

      Nice!

    • moni k

      This is my favourite, nicely composed, bright and the background is blurred enough not to distract the viewer. Lovely shot.

    • Sandy

      Great picture. Love the coconut in the background!

    • Sara Cremese

      I feel this image is not well balance, the 2 elements are blending together and the coconut ( not in focus element) takes more space than the in focus subject. I like the color tonality of it though.

      • I agree – the lean of the donuts out toward the edge of the photo is a little too-tipsy – perhaps reversing the coconut to the left of frame and turning it would balance? But I don’t know that I would’ve been this critical before this assignment – so thank you for helping me grow! I LOVE your colors/tonality, the plating, the exposure and the depth of field. I can totally tell it’s a coconut in the background but it leaves all the attention on the donuts.

    • I think it’s a good picture, but I think the coconut in the background being clear would have been a bit nicer, or maybe a chunk of coconut near the donuts.

    • Jackie Rudberg

      I love this photo – from a food blogger perspective, it makes you want to touch and taste them. Colors are soft and you captured the depth of field concept.

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      Very beautiful color combination and composition! Looks great! Feels soft and inviting to me! Like it!

    • Tina, I think this is a great shot. I love the colors.

    • Jens Erik Ebbesen

      Super nice composition and great DoF.

    • Joolz

      love the clean colors and light, like the slightly tilting stack. For me the coconut being right behind the donuts distracts from them – my eyes go back and forth between them and it makes me anxious 🙂 . Maybe if they could each have their own segment of the photograph. At the same time, the rough looking texture (my eye interprets the different browns as rough texture) of the coconut husk feels a little at odds w/ the beautiful, clean, smooth, elegant style of the rest of the image, so while they tell some of the story, they may not even be needed because we’re able to see the great detail of the coconut on the donuts.

  • Tina

    and the other two

    • Andrej

      I like how you have set the mood with bright blue colour all over the photo.

    • Yes, the combination of colors is very good. It´s light, it´s summer, it´s coconut. My favorite photos is the one above.

    • pretty!!!!

  • My story today is The Life of the Lemon.

    All pictures taken with 35mm prime lens.
    The shallow depth of field one is taken at aperture f1.8 , medium one at f10 and the whole story shot at f22.
    I guess it depends on what to put the emphases on, I personally like the shallow depth of field one, which leaves the young lemon and old lemon and also background out of focus, so we see the lemon as we know it.
    On a different background (one coloured, without the tree, the whole story might be more emphasized so a high dof one might be preferable)

  • Here are my three pics of the blackberries. Light and shadow is still a huge problem for me, especially when I shoot in the garden.

    • I like the third picture. I want to eat those three berries. If i want more, I can pick some from the bowl which were freshly picked from the garden. Like the story behind this photo.

    • Sandy

      By looking at the first picture, you really don’t know what to expect. Your story was wonderfully told. I love, love, the berries in the background. The composition was well done. My favorite picture is the last one. Just beautiful!!

    • Great shots

    • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

      Love the first shot. The berries are so clear and appealing. Mmmm.

  • Meg White

    Here are my shots – Himalaya salt, plus the mill. These are taken on my smartphone, the only camera I have. Thanks for your thoughts!

  • Nabeela Ismail

    I decided to shoot a cake today as I had a customer order for my Pistachio Rose cake. I’ve always struggled with depth and placement of background objects in my images so I also found myself struggling a little here. I’m not really sure if I did the assignment right! I used roses as my props to create depth. Of course I increased the F Stop to get the background more in focus, but I think the second (or middle) shot with the blurred roses is the best one.

    • Nabeela Ismail

      Due to the wrong order of images uploaded, I mean my first image is my preferred one. Would love to know what you all think!

      • That is a lovely cake! I see your order is wrong. Your last picture should have been the first one. In the order the pictures were uploaded, I like the last one without any props and the first one with shallow depth with some props; rose flowers blurred.

        • Nabeela Ismail

          Thank you! Yes I uploaded the last one first but it didn’t show up so I had to delete it and then upload again after the other two. Thanks for your feedback!

    • Alina Kun Gazda

      very nice

      • Nabeela Ismail

        Thanks Alina

    • Öznur

      very niceee:) so beautiful!

      • Nabeela Ismail

        Thank you!

    • Jackie Rudberg

      Really nice photos and cake looks amazing

      • Nabeela Ismail

        Thanks so much Jackie!

    • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

      I absolutely love the first one. What a beautiful cake – so impressed with that!

      • Nabeela Ismail

        Thank you Lorinda! Means a lot.

    • First, GORGEOUS cake!

      I like the first photo because the colors are more saturated. Nice pictures.

    • Sawsan Abu Farha

      Stunning cake Nabeela!
      I love the first picture, the flowers in the background and the saturation of the colors is beyond beautiful

      • Nabeela Ismail

        Thank you so much Sawsan!

  • marion

    The pictures were taken at f1.8, f4 and f10

    • marion

      I don’t know why, the second picture don’t want to show up …

    • Nabeela Ismail

      I can see all three pics Marion. Lovely styling!

      • marion

        Thanks for the answer. Thank you very much for your comment

  • Sandra

    Here are my 3 pics with different dof…
    first is my onion.. a core ingredient.. at f2.8
    second is the chopped ingredients.. at f2.8 again.. and third.. my feed.. at f3.5.. not a lot of difference… but how I wanted to portray the image.
    OMG how do I put my other images in the same post :(( hold on..

  • Guest
  • Guest

    Pic 2 – ingredients.. f2.8

  • Guest

    This is my 2nd image – f2.8

  • Guest

    third image… f3.5

  • Marissa O’Donnell

    Here’s my share/submission for Lesson 4_DOF.

  • Here are my three pics for today‘s assignment.:)

    • Sandy

      The composition of the apples are awesome. I really like the first picture.

    • Michelle Ordonez

      First photo was nice and looks fresh, but I think it will look a bit more fresher if there were more water droplets on it. 🙂 But composition wise its a thumbs up. Good job!

    • Jackie Rudberg

      You make this look easy! Beautiful photos.

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      Wow ! It really looks fresh! and the morning daylight effect enhance it’s effect more! Like it!

  • Sandra

    I am so sorry.. not sure how to upload all 3 pics.. so they’re separate.. and I’m struggling! Here is my first image.. f2.8 a simple onion…

  • Guest

    My first image.. (again! this is not working for me.. am I that dumb?) f2.8

  • Guest

    My 2nd image.. more ingredients.. f2.8

  • Sandra

    Ok finally (LOL I had trouble uploading) here are my 3 images.. first the onion.. f2.8.. the 2nd.. at f2.8 again.. and the final feed at f3.5..

  • Fernando

    Very ugly color, I’m sorry!

    • I can clearly see shallow to deep dof in your pictures. Nicely done. You got such a nice blur at f/2.8. I don’t get that much blur at that setting.

      • Fernando

        Thanks Usha! The blur comes from two sources: f number and focal length. I used my 70-200 at 200 mm.

        • That makes sense. I have a 50mm and at that aperture I don’t get that much blur.

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Fernando! In my opinion the colour in your pics is good, but this metal object you used is quite distractive 🙁 What is it?

  • Depth of field. My clicks.

    • Clearly see the depth of field in the pictures; from shallow to deep dof. First one is my favorite

  • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

    I chose cocoa nibs placed on a small lilac clay plate as my subject. On the first and second picture the aperture was 3.0, while on the third one it was 5.6.

    • wow! beautiful!!!

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thanks!

    • Wonderful, love the colors and the props, just perfect!

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thank you!

    • Love the textures and color. Nice rustic feeling! The third photo is my favorite.

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thank you! I also prefer the third one.

    • Love the props and the way you placed the purple bowl on old books. Love the colors in the photo.

      This is just a thought, Wondering how it would look had you placed the cocoa beans to the side, perhaps to the left of the clay plate and not on the top. Or just sprinkled some to the left to fill in that empty space.

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thank you for your comment, it is such a good point!

    • Love it, I like the messy rustic look

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thank you!

    • The lilac bowl and the dark chocolate are beautiful together. I like the second picture best.

      • Zsuzsanna Ötvös

        Thank you! I was hesitating between the second and the third picture, but I think in the end I would vote rather for the third one 🙂

    • Kris Giamouridou

      How importand is the DOF in a photo right? I like the 2nd one, good job

  • Andrej

    So I am posting only the one I like the most. I like the softness of the back edge of the glass and lemons in the background.

  • Andrej

    So I am posting the one I liked the most. I like the softness of the back edge on the glass and tle lemons in the background.

  • 1. Isolated subject,
    2. 1/400 2.8
    3. 1/4s 32.

    • Like the colors, but maybe the props are a little bit too “well-behaved” for my opinion.

    • Great colors and shot

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi there! How do you call this little pasta… pls send me the recipe 🙂 Thanks!

  • Kairit

    First photo is at 1.8, the second one with props is at 2.8, and the last with props is at 22.

    • Mhhh! Love the second one. Tells me: In near future – maybe tonight – you will drink this with a wonderful person.

      • Kairit

        It is limeade, we had few of these already. It is a really hot day 🙂

        • OMG! I just came out as an drinker, didn’t I? 🙂 But I still love your photos.

          • Kairit

            Thank you Elis 🙂 I`ve got nothing against alcohol, just wanted to make it clear what is in the glass. I took these photos early this morning, you know 😀

    • Dani

      They look fantastic. I think you got it!

    • Love it, great shots

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      I like the last pic most , as it shows the slice of lime in both the glass, very beautifully! Like it!

    • Kairit, you are a great drink photographer! My weakness is clearly your strength. How did you do it? You captured the condensation running down the glasses and I can clearly see what’s in them. You’re my inspiration.

      • Kairit

        Thank you Linda 🙂 The difference between temperature in the glass filled with ice and in my kitchen is so big, that condensation occurs easily. The hot weather was on my side today.

  • Sreedevi Mavila

    Here are my pictures. I struggle with lighting and am still unclear about f stop and aperture and how to control them. The pictures got uploaded in the wrong order – my bad. Below is the 2nd pic and then the 3rd. The first one is at the end.

  • Nicole Campbell

    I chose the ingredients for a cake as my subjects today. After I had finished taking photos I made a butter cake with white chocolate chips and pink buttercream icing.

  • Here are my pictures. I chose bread as my subject.
    The first picture was taken with f/2.2 at angle ~45°
    The second with f/5.6 at angle ~45°
    The last one with f/10 at angle ~80-85°

    • Kairit

      Beautiful bread rolls, so yummy. I wish I had some. The last photo is my favourite.

      • Thank you Kairit 🙂 The last one is also my fav 😀

    • Kitchen Karma

      Love the composition and lighting in your photos Jane!

  • Guest

    I decided to photograph French Camembert cheese.

  • I decided to photograph Camembert cheese from Netherlands.

  • Ivana Brnada

    I chose eggs. This is taken with 50mm lens.
    1. Photo- f1.4
    2. Photo – f2.2
    3. Photo – f5

  • My pics for today

  • Dani

    Today’s photos were taken hastily as I was preparing dinner. These are the spices that I used in my curry. The photos were taken under incandescent light and the camera was handheld so ISO was 1000. Didn’t have time to set up the tripod and take my time as I was also wrangling 3 kids! Anyway, enough excuses, you get the picture (pun intended)!

    The first photo was at f1.8, the second at f4 and the third (which is unfortunately slightly out of focus for all the reasons mentioned above!) was taken at f10.

    The curry, by the way, was delicious!!

    • I like the first pic without any props. I like the baking sheet you used as a background.

      • Dani

        Hi Usha, the first pic is my favourite too!

  • Rosemary

    Here are my 3 shots, first was iso 200, f 50 , 2nd was f 6,3 iso 200, and 3rd f6,3 iso 200.

    • Sandy

      Nice use of color combination. Like the second shot best!

  • tamta

    1. ISO -100, f/1.8, 1/160 .50mm

    2. ISO -100, f/8. 1/8. 50 mm
    3.ISO–100, f/18, 1/2s. 50 mm

  • Fanus Vermaak

    I hope i have understand this assighnment right.

  • Instead of a nice sunshiny summer day, it is raining in Munich. So I was in mood for a little espresso…
    First pic f/2,8, second pic f/6,3, third pic f/16. Sorry, there are props in the first one, so I probably misunderstood the assignment a bit..

    • I think you did right. Doesn’t matter the props in the background, it was asked for the dof and you got it.

    • Oh, it’ so cosy.

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Love your small cups! How cute… 😀

  • Fanus Vermaak

    Here is my three photos. I hope i understood the assighnment.

  • Vladislava Dikan

    My 3 photos with different DOF.
    1. F – 2; d – 1/60; ISO 400
    2. F – 4; d – 1/50; ISO 400
    3. F – 16; d – 0,8; ISO 400

    • Like a painting! I love the third one.

      • Vladislava Dikan

        Thank you. The third one is my favorite too

  • Alina Kun Gazda

    Absolutely loved this assignment! This is my lunch today…pears with sera no ham and mint yogurt.I took them at f1.8, 2.8 and f8.
    off to lunch now!

    • Yummy, the second one!

      • Alina Kun Gazda

        I have to admit that it was very tasty

  • Lili Basic Capaccetti

    I photographed coffee, first with f/2 just the cup of coffee and very shallow dof, than my favorite at f/2.8 where still the cup of coffee is the main subject but with milk and chocolates included in the frame and last at f/6.3 (that I really don’t like!) where everything is in focus.

    • Nice! I think this is exactly how the assignment was meant to be done. Second picture is my favorite as well.

    • Sandy

      Although I am not a coffee drinker, your pictures are very appealing. Nice job with the use of the window. My favorite is the second picture.

      • Lili Basic Capaccetti

        Thank you, so glad you like them Sandy! 🙂

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      I think u r right! I also like the first two pics most.
      As in the first one pic , focused and exclusively included the coffee only, depicts to me or say, telling to me, yeh! there is a person who’s having his/her favorite drink , sitting besides the window filtering or say transmitting the light in a way that it creates moody light effects, as i use to see and feel in the monsoon season! Such a moody, story telling shot alike! Loving it!
      As in the second pic, nothing to say much , I had a great time with this treat/pic! feels me like nothing to do more in a day, just sitting besides the facing window, on a chair throwing the legs up on the supported wall base a like, and just relaaaax, chill!!! and Have a sip of coffee, bite of a chocolate to ruminate , just keep busy the mouth, and just keep staring at the raining outside the window with the dreamy eyes! Ahhhh! Heaven! Heaven!
      Really amazing pic! i had a nice journey! Thanks!

      • Lili Basic Capaccetti

        Thank you so much Shyamal for taking the time to write this comment and describing how you experienced my photos! Your words represent exactly what I wanted to achieve with these photos so I can’t thank you enough! Your comment made my day! 🙂

        • Shyamal Majmundar

          Oh! thank you very much for your appreciation, but i really enjoyed your work! It was really amazing to me! Wish u good luck for your future! Thumbs Up!

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Gread job!

      • Lili Basic Capaccetti

        Thank you!!

  • Guest

    I went ahead and shot glasses of water. Not very good 🙁

  • I went ahead and shot glasses of water on red painted board. Not very good 🙁

  • moni k

    Here’s my little story on home grown basil. I’ve changed the angle for the last shot to make it more diverse and hopefully more interesting. I think it was a good decision. Hope you all agree 🙂 All shot on 50mm lens

    • That first shot is very pretty. I like that the basil leaves have light shining through them.

      • moni k

        Thank you Theresa, I’m glad you like it 🙂

    • I must agree with Theresa, your first pic is very pretty. Love the lighting!

      • moni k

        Thanks Jane 🙂

  • Catherine Castro

    I have chosen to photograph the third subject I picked from Day 2’s assignment which are nuts. This was the first time I’ve heard of “Depth of Field”. Now I know that’s what they call the blurred background effect that makes the subject more focused. I always use auto focus to achieve this but now i guess i have to learn it manually. Our course are getting more technical because of the aperture, ISO, shutter, etc., But I tried by best. So these are the three pictures. So happy that I didn’t use flash this time (I do have a bad indoor lighting). and credits to Shyamal Majmundar for suggesting me on how to improve my lighting from the last assignment when I use flash. i only have one artificial light above our kitchen and i just change the angle of the light by using a mirror so that its focuses on my subject. These are not the best photos yet but I’m really happy of the outcome. Still learning.:)

    1st photo: F5 aperture, 1/10 shutter, ISO 800
    2nd photo: Same with 1st photo but with background. I forgot to change the aperture as said in the instructions. hihi
    3rd photo: F16 aperture, 1/5 shutter, ISO 3200

    Open for you comments and suggestions. 🙂

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      Hi!
      that’s amazing that u have tried by yourself something new! Isn’t it!? I like it! Keep experimenting ! and please, if u feel some thing to comment or critic on my work, pls, do so, I’m also learning.

  • Omer Sarid

    Garlic. The last one is the one I like the best but I forgot to take a picture of it in deep depth of field and to separate the subject (the front garlic) from the props in the two first pictures. So I didn’t follow to instructions exactly but it’s kind of what we should have done. The first one is f5 and the second is f18. The last one is f5. Thank you for the feedback! 🙂

    • very clean pic 🙂

      • Omer Sarid

        Thanks Jane 🙂

      • Guest

        Thanks 🙂

    • Catherine Castro

      very pretty.. i like the color. 🙂

    • Very pretty, because of the use of only one color. Love the third one.

  • My camera is not a DSLR, though it does have some ability to control aperture. Here are 3 pictures of my breakfast cereal and some blueberries.
    1st is f/8, ISO 100, 23.05mm and a long exposure of 1. (Had to use a tripod for all the shots)
    2nd is f/6.3, ISO 100, 23.05mm 1 second exposure
    3rd is f/5.0, ISO 100, 23.05mm, 1 second exposure.

  • Squadrilla

    Those are my attempts. I didn’t have tomatoes so I used chillies instead.
    I wasn’t using my usual camera so I had some problems in setting the light and so on…! Thank you for the feedback 🙂

    • Raja

      very attractive photos.

  • Kitchen Karma

    Hi all,

    My submission for today’s assignment. I am planning to make daal for dinner, so decided to shoot the raw ingredients. It was a fun exercise and it felt good to refresh dof. Please let me know what you think of my photos.

    Thanks,

    Suchi

    • lovely shot, Suchi 🙂

      • Kitchen Karma

        Thanks Jane 🙂

    • Love the colors. Nice photos

      • Kitchen Karma

        Thanks Jyothi 🙂

    • Sandy

      Love the colors. I like photo 1 with shallow dof. It appears that you are going to have a great dinner.

      • Kitchen Karma

        Thanks Sandy, yes it was indeed 🙂

    • Oznur

      Fstop 16 is better I think, there are a lot of things to focus..good job! 🙂

      • Kitchen Karma

        Thanks Oznur, yes personally I also prefer the last photo 🙂

    • I like photo one best. The lighting is brighter and I like the bowl better without the tomato in it. Very nice.

      • Kitchen Karma

        Thanks Linda 🙂

    • Love the colors and prefer the first one because the red ??? is not in the bowl.

      • Kitchen Karma

        Thanks Elis…:-)

  • Christine P

    Hi all!
    Today I used a cronut that I bought as the subject and as you can see, I separated the top and bottom. My main subject is the bottom part. Also, because of some limitations with natural lighting and proper space I didn’t use any props beside the paper wrapping that I used to cover the surface. So I think I kinda messed up today’s assignment but I hope I could receive some criticism.
    All the shots are f/2.4, I didn’t change f-stops for all the shots because I’m using my smartphone to shoot this. So please bear with me.

  • Sending the three pics. I’m continuing the use of onions. Any feedback is appreciated. I’ve used the 18-55mm lens with f/5 aperture and ISO200

  • Mary Pavona Taylor

    Good Morning All,
    I was totally confused about the daily post schedule, It seems like I am a day behind 🙁 I read the frequent Q&A and that explained it. So I am posting day 4 which some of you will be on day 5. Sadly to say I did not post a day 3 image cause of the confusion.
    So here goes……
    My 1st photo is shot at f/s 2.8
    2nd photo is shot at f/s 6.3
    3rd photo is f/s 10
    Thanks

    • wow! I love the coarse, good compo also!

    • Jackie Rudberg

      I’m having the same confusion about the Days so I posted mine very late! Absolutely beautiful photos and very inspiring for me. Love the composition and lighting. This serves as a great example in terms of what I’m trying to achieve.

  • surabhi

    tried to take photo during night. here it goes.

  • Irinka

    Here are my picks for today

    • what a lovely pics 🙂

  • Danielle

    Those are my attempts. First photo F/2.8, exposure time 1/180, 6.3 mm Second photo F/4, exposure time 1/180, 6.3 mm. Third photo F/8. exposure time 1/125, 6.3 mm. Not good at all 🙁

  • Chantal Tellier

    Here is my try at lesson 4

  • Marko

    I know that these are not the best, but it’s the best I could get with my phone camera.

  • Mary Pavona Taylor

    Good Morning All,
    I was totally confused about the daily post schedule, It seems like I am a day behind 🙁 I read the frequent Q&A and that explained it. So I am posting day 4 which some of you will be on day 5. Sadly to say I did not post a day 3 image cause of the confusion.
    So here goes……
    My 1st photo is shot at f/s 2.8
    2nd photo is shot at f/s 6.3
    3rd photo is f/s 10
    Thanks

    • These are beautiful Mary! I’m not sure why, but I like the first one better.

      BTW, the same thing happened to me. I didn’t get the email until 11:00pm last night. I’m a day behind too.

      • Mary Pavona Taylor

        Thanks Linda!

    • Shyamal Majmundar

      I like the composition and really nice background in patterned design! looks rally attractive and creative!
      In first shallow dof pic, yes, the shallow dof and the patterned bg really helps me to focus on the main subject only, it doesn’t allow to see further! and keeping that green pattern leaves , facing the camera, it really keeps me busy to stare and observe! Nice work! Like it!

      • Mary Pavona Taylor

        Thanks Shyamal! I really appreciate your feed back!

  • Rashmi Ramakrishnan

    Definitely not good but this is what i could do. I suppose this is the essence of the exercise. My lens is 18-105mm lens and I find that in the second picture the guava is sharper than the apple. Should I increase the distance between the camera and the apple and then shoot the picture?

    • Suhasini Pradeep

      U hav to adjust the aperture and not the zoom. u also need a fast lens.

      • Rashmi Ramakrishnan

        Thanks Suhasini! I am just getting to know the technicalities.

  • Sanja Manasijević

    Hi all!

    Here are my picks for today.

    Thank you for the feedback!

    • Raja

      very pleasant photos

  • Raja

    Dear Neel, it is indeed getting interesting day by day.here are my 3 photos of champagne grapes which I took after work. critics n comments welcome.

  • Shyamal Majmundar

    First image is at f/5.6 – 1/15 sec. , focal length – 127mm
    Second image is at f/8 – 1/8 sec., fc- 127mm
    Third image is at f/16 – 1/2 sec., fc – 127mm

  • Mary Pavona Taylor

    Hi Neel, I uploaded images earlier, and they look awful. I uploaded the same images again (using proper sRGB) much better LOL . Question is how do you delete the first set of images? Thanks for your help

  • Here’s my photos for Lesson 4. Excuse all the bad stuff going on with the background lemons…not the right time of day to be shooting this! #1 – f2.8, #2 – f8, #3 – f16

    • here’s the 3rd one that didn’t seem to load

    • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

      So inviting! Makes me wish I was sitting there with that drink. My favorite so far.

      • Thank you Lorinda!

  • Anamaria Mejia

    Hello everybody,

    First image: f/2.8 – 1/15 sec,100mm
    Second image: f/5.6 – 1/4 sec,100mm
    Third image: f/16 – 2 sec,100mm

    • I like your photos. Great light.

      • Anamaria Mejia

        Thanks :).

    • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

      Wow! This would make a great example for the lesson. Love it – really love it!

      • Anamaria Mejia

        Thanks 🙂

  • Michelle Ordonez

    This is my depth of field photo. I really had a hard time with depth of field even during college photography class. If its really your first time to do dof you really need a lot of patience to do it. You needed a lot of trials and errors, just what I did. I myself up to now really can’t master it and still have to try 4 to 5 shots again. But I hope this photo pass today’s assignment. 😉

  • Image 1: F 3.5 , 1/125, 400
    Image 2: 6.5 , 1/80,800
    Image 3: 16, 1/4 800

  • Hello everybody!
    Here are my 3 shots with different dfo.
    1. f/3
    2. f/5,6
    3. f/20

  • Here is the 3rd one
    Image 3: 16, 1/4 800

  • Guest

    f20, f4 ISO 200

  • Daniel Boivin

    Here are my one week old tomatoes…

  • Here are my best efforts for today’s lesson – thanks!

  • Here are my three pictures…. I am not sure if I did this right. They have a bit of a different angel to each, but the idea is there. Any feed back is welcome 🙂

    • My third pic doesn’t seem to be coming out. Please see it below. I hope you can see them all.

  • neetes

    hello =)
    here´s my picture … today was no time for a new picture .. i did it some days ago .. sorry ..

    • Kris Giamouridou

      How lovely!

      • neetes

        thank you

  • Linda @ foodinpixels.com

    Here my 3 shot, f/4, f/8, f/16
    and the one that I like more of those 3

    • Daniel Boivin

      I really like these. What is the ISO you used?

      • Linda @ foodinpixels.com

        Thanks Daniel! I use ISO 200. I shoot with a Nikon D90 and 200 is the lowest ISO available!

  • Donna

    Hi everyone. I found this lesson somewhat challenging, as I am so accustomed to shooting with a main focus and blurred background. I’m not sure my last photo is the best example of every component in focus, but I tried…

    • Yummy. Nice story. First I thought, it’s sweet, then it turned out cheesy 🙂

      • Donna

        Thank you Elis! Your comment made me smile 🙂

  • lydiaf1963

    I photographed my morning egg. All three were photographed in AP mode with f3.5 with a 50mm lens. No editing other than resizing.

  • kristin nicole

    Here are my 3 photos. I am not sure if I am doing this correctly, they are different angles but the idea is there.

  • kristin nicole

    I tried posting my pictures earlier but it isn’t letting me load, hope this works. Here are my 3 photos – different angles but the idea is here. Hope this works.

  • Fanus Vermaak

    Here is my photos. Hope i did the right thing.

  • Okay this is my 4th attempt to post on here…. I just got assignment 4 but I see people posted over 20 hours ago 🙁 Here are my 3 photos and I am not sure I did this correctly. Please let me know what you think.

    • lovely shot! I really like the second one 😀

    • Hi Kristin,

      I like the third one best. They are all good, but I think the angle is better on the third.

    • The light of the second with the composition of the third 🙂

    • Kevin Timmons

      Looks good to me Kristin. If it’s any comfort, I just posted now. It seems like we are a day behind in the UK.
      I really like the 2nd shot, but perhaps crop out the dark area at the top, I personally find it is a little distracting.

  • I didn’t write down the exact aperture of every shot, but the first shot is f/1,8 and the last arround f/22. I also was playing a litte with the shutter speed. I like the first shot, even though its a litte overexposed. Thats what a sunny mornig before my first coffee looks like to me 😉

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Nice photos Ema!

  • Unfortunately I don’t have any time today and so my photos are very ‘fast’ ones. Hope I didn’t miss the point of today’s assignment. The next days it won’t be very different as I prepare a Paleo day tomorrow. Will try to comment some of your very beautiful and often really professional looking photos. I am learning by just looking at yours!

  • Jackie Rudberg

    I’m really new at this and still learning my around the settings. This has been a really valuable lesson in learning how to compose the depth of field. Don’t think I achieved it the way many of you have, but gave it a good shot. Here are 2 photos that I thought I were worth sharing. The first one was using these settings Exp:1/25 f/14 ISO 3200. The second photo’s settings: Exp 1/30 f/11 ISO 3200. Third photo: Exp: 1/25 f/10 ISO 800. Definitely going to devote more practice to this 🙂

  • Guest

    Hello,
    These are my three photos for exercise 4:
    1: f/2.8 1/60s ISO100
    2: f/3.2 1/40s ISO100
    3: f/22 0,85s ISO 100

  • anariva95

    Hello,
    These are my three photos for exercise 4:
    1: f/2.8 1/60s ISO100
    2: f/3.2 1/40s ISO100
    3: f/22 0,85s ISO 100

    I don´t understand why it´s published like guest and no like me.

  • Suhasini Pradeep

    Hi all ,
    Heres my attempt for day 4.

  • Like Kristin NIcole, I didn’t get the assignment until 11:00 pm, so I guess I’m a day behind.

    The pictures that I posted on the second day were from a previous blog post so I decided to post these because I just took them yesterday and I think that they work for the purpose of this assignment.

    The first photo is an isolated cupcake. The second is that same cupcake surrounded by the others. The third shows that subject as the main item but still surrounded by the others.

    • Love the second one, the third one is a little bit too symmetric.

      • Thanks Elis. I didn’t notice that before you mentioned it. I agree!

  • Hina

    I chose Indian Curry as one of my subjects in Lesson 2 so here are my two shots displaying field of depths but before this Lesson I never given any thought or time to depth of field and now I am realizing depth of field can make simple photos also so meaningful. I agree with Neel I was among those photographers who take 20 – 30 shots and select the one which seems okay enough.

  • Todd

    All shot with 50mm no.1: f1.4, 1/160, iso100 no.2: f2, 1/180, iso 100. no.3: f4, 1/60, iso 200

  • So, here is a collage of my pictures.
    On the left one you have only the cheese without props.
    In the middle you have the cheese with the proops but the focus is still on the cheese.
    The right one has the focus on the hole scene.
    It’s really interesting how the story, which the pictures tell, changes.

  • Julie Benz

    I admit slight bending of assignment task here today, as am catching up from yesterday. Anyway, am showing blackberries at depth of fields respectively of f2.8, f3.5, f4 and overhead at f7.1, as with overhead my idea was that blackberries become more as ‘part of the story.’…all at ISO 100, natural daylight (with silver and white reflector, right side, to bring extra light to berries )…what I found interesting is that even with almost same depth of field, just by moving closer to the berries on the second image, the berries at front of image, to my taste, have an acceptable clarity for the mood. Had I been less than f7.1 on the last image, I would have knocked out of focus either the apple or the berries, because the heights are so different between them….

  • Here are my photos

  • OK, I have just finished preparing and shooting tonight’s dessert! My husband had to wait a bit before serving, as I needed to shoot the pictures first 🙂
    So, here they are, roasted peaches with cinnamon, honey, sugar and a little bit of thyme (oops, I forgot to add the butter). Well, maybe next time!

  • WARM ZUCCHINI NOODLES WITH CRUNCHY EDAMAME & TANGY CREAMY AVOCADO-CILANTRO & MINT DRESSING.
    I set the dish by my window to allow for natural light and went for ISO 400 with macro focus. I wanted to capture the texture of “crunchy” edamame and the warm noodles coated with cilantro (specs) and avocado dressing. To draw the “green colors” together yet set them apart. Would LOVE your feedback my fellow foodies! 🙂

    • This is a lovely pic & this zucchini pasta looks delicious! Great texture in the pasta

      • Thank you Rebecca for your feedback! 🙂
        Here’s another “zoodles” dish I created which I’m excited to share — ZUCCHINI NOODLES WITH MUSSELS AND CRAB IN PONZU CITRUS DRESSING

      • Thank you Rebecca for your feedback! 🙂

  • Pallavi Roy

    My story is “I am a little strawberry jam” I could upload the blurry kind bu I wanted to diverge from the trend of DOF = background blurr. I hope i could achieve what i intended.I am also uploading an old pic when i used to use the conventional depth of field of shallow vs deep!! The f stops used are f3.5,f5.6 and f6.3!!

  • Jens Erik Ebbesen

    Here is my contribution for today. I went to the greenhouse and harvested some tomatoes and a cucumber. Then I started preparing a bulgur salad and while doing so i took these pictures

  • StefaniaV

    Here are my shots for today’s lesson. Not quite satisfied with the light, or the props :-/
    I did the 1st shot trying to focus only on the slices, the second is a bit more focussed and in the 3rd one I added a glass in the background (bad idea, too many reflections!).
    Here they are, though!

    Not sure if I could change the shooting angle, too!

  • Jens Erik Ebbesen

    Today while preparing a bulgur salad I took these pics (my topic is tomatoes)

    • Daniel Boivin

      My favourite is the one in the middle.

      • Jens Erik Ebbesen

        You’re right when it comes to tell a story that one and the last one does that.

    • Anne Livingston

      Love them all, but for some reason I’m most drawn to the beautiful detail in the first.

      • Jens Erik Ebbesen

        Thanks Anne

    • Also prefer the first one. It´s so mysterious.

      • Jens Erik Ebbesen

        Thanks Elis – I used my macro lens to create the very shallow DoF

    • Yesibeth

      WOW! beautifull work! Congrats!

      • Jens Erik Ebbesen

        Thanks Yesibeth.

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Jens,I like the second one.. and I would ask you a favor: pls send me the whole bowl, I am hungry he he he

    • Joolz

      Love how the shallow dof features the tomato in the first one and the orange and shape are just beautiful. In the middle one, for me the size of the onion and cuke start competing a bit w/ the smaller tomatoes. In the 3rd, I might prefer a simpler composition. The tomatoes are there but the size differences of the elements and uneven lighting are throwing me off – and I get this was probably not an easy scene to light or organize! – so I’m not appreciating the tomatoes the way I did in the first 2.

  • Katie Arkenberg

    Props are a challenge for me, I never seem to feel 100% satisfied with how they look in the photo, so I often resort to close up photos of the food without props. I wish I would have had a smaller bowl or more pecans so the bowl could be overfilled, so something to think about for next time.

    • Anne Livingston

      Pretty! One trick I do when I don’t have enough food for my bowl is put something inside the bowl (even a wad of crumpled paper) and put the food on top of it, so it looks extra full.

    • I have the same problem with props 😉

  • Maria Natali Malkan

    Those two similar objects taken with different depth of field to fulfill the 4th day assignment.
    First picture the focus point on the cinnamon and brown sugar bread at the foreground. Camera Canon G5, LED light lower left side, apperture 2,8, speed 1/40.
    The second picture the focus point was on the vegetable at the background.

  • Alessandro

    Hi mates, finally I’ve finished my working day and time for photography is come but light is going to sleep, so I shot quickly. Well here my shots.

    • Anne Livingston

      Hey! I really like the one with the greatest depth of field. Seems whimsical and fun. The lighting is a little moody/sexy, but then you have this happy watermelon, with seeds scattered/arranged, and the knife sticking out of the peel, and the paper bowl…all of that feels casual. So putting all that in the moody lighting is a fun novelty, especially with it all in focus.

      • Alessandro

        wow Anne thank you, I was not totally satisfied but now you give new energy………
        see you for the next lesson.

    • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

      This is wonderful. I agree with everything Anne said!

  • Alessandro

    i lost the second shot. ok i’ll try again

  • Silvia

    ok, these are my photos, thanks, bye Silvia

  • StefaniaV

    I am not sure how comments are shown, here. I put my comment with photo and now I can’t find it. Maybe the most commented/liked go on top? This would be also fair, however, I can’t find mine anymore, I just wanted to check if it loaded the photos or not, since they take ages to load. Has anyone any clues?

    • You can sort the comments. Under the commentcount is a dropdown. I overlooked it too 😉

  • Claudia Briandi

    Las fotos fueron tomadas en f/5 – f/7.1 – f/2.8
    The photos were taken at f / 5 – f/7.1 – f/2.8

    • Anne Livingston

      These are just beautiful. Love the colors, composition, light.

      • Anne Livingston

        I have a hard time deciding which aperture setting/DOF I prefer–they each work so well.

      • Claudia Briandi

        thank you very much Anne

    • I like these a lot.

      • Claudia Briandi

        thank you very much Chef

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Claudia, I like your pics, but most of all the wooden board…

      • Claudia Briandi

        Hola Kris, la tabla de madera es muy sencilla, la hice con un palet y la pinté con betún de judea.
        Hi Kris, wooden table is very simple, I did it with a pallet and painted with bitumen of Judea.

        Sorry if it is not good translation, is Google not speak English.

        • Kris Giamouridou

          Hola Claudia muchas gracias por la information! Hablo un poco de español…. he he he Disfrute su día

  • Adrienn Bako

    I played with the aperture, here comes the result..

  • Adrienn Bako

    f/1.8

  • Rick Capstraw

    Omelet preparation. Even though the eggs are the main ingredient they aren’t that interesting from a texture perspective so I focused instead on the garlic. Because really who doesn’t love garlic?

    • Daniel Boivin

      I like the dark background. May I ask what kind of lighting you are using?

      • Rick Capstraw

        Sure. Big window camera left. White poster board on camera right that gives a tiny bit of bounce back and the background is a big black poster board.

      • Rick Capstraw

        Sure Daniel. I used window light from a big window camera-left. Used a white foam core camera-right to reflect back and the background is black poster board. Background is darkened a little in Lightroom.

  • Katharina

    These are my 3 photos at f1.4, f5.6 and f11

    • Anne Livingston

      Beautiful! I love the white-on-white. The lighting and the props make the flour look so soft–and even inviting. Asking you to make some bread. 🙂 When I look at it as art, the pitcher is a nice shape. But I’m not sure what it “means” when I think about the actual story.

      • Katharina

        My idea was to show a scoop full of flour and to show where it was taken out of the bowl. You are right about the jug. l placed it there because I thought something is missing in the composition. But perhaps a bag of flour would be a better choice instead.

  • Danielle

    Here are my photos.

  • mymorna

    Props are still very slightly visible in the first shot, but not noticable as props.

  • Indrani Sen

    Fried fish

  • Mimis Kingdom

    Here are my photos of plums for today’s lesson. First photo was with aperture 1.8, second with 2.8 and third with 13. I’m not very satisfied with props, but I was in such a hurry because I was in our garden and storm was coming. 🙂

    • Sandy

      Nice contrast with colors. Like the photos!

      • Mimis Kingdom

        Thank you Sandy.:)

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Hi Mimis, I like the 1st one a lot… simple and nice… On the other hand you are right about the pros 🙁 (2nd & 3rd pic), what is this wooden object?

      • Mimis Kingdom

        Thank you Kris. Wooden object is knife… 🙂

  • My subject for today’s exercise is fish and chips. Apertures: f/7.1 at a very close focal distance, f/9.0 at a medium focal distance, and f/11 at a far focal distance.

    • Kevin Timmons

      I love these. Great use of DOF and shooting angles. I wish I had thought of changing the angle for the all in focus shot!

      • Thanks for your comments Kevin and for taking a look! It was a lot of trial and error … moving closer and farther away and shooting at high and low angles. I struggled for a while with where to put the tartar sauce — I tried every possible location on the table and finally put it in the basket.

  • Here is my photo for this lession, and F3,2

    • aPathite

      This photo pops out of my laptop. Great picture!

  • Sandy

    I was just talking about aperture with my husband and then this lesson came. So, I was truly excited since this is all new to me. My photos consist of ingredients for tonight’s dinner. I have chopped onions, green pepper, and fresh bread crumbs with herbs from my garden. My first picture was taken with a 5.6 F stop. The last three with a 6.3 F stop. I could not My ISO for all three is 1600.

  • Julie @ Texan New Yorker

    Here are my three photos (of 4 black plums lined in a row, black poster board background)

  • Julie @ Texan New Yorker

    Second try to get my photos to upload:

  • Yesibeth

    Hi everyone! here are my pictures, I hope you like it. I’m working with coffee and chocolate, I put them together in the same story because they can be good friends : )

  • Kevin Timmons

    Evening all… well it is here in the UK anyhow.
    I have stuck with cheese and biscuits again today, perhaps I will be cured of my addiction by the end of 30 days.
    This was a toughy today, I struggle with positioning the food products. I need a stylist.

  • Lia Badicu

    Here are my pictures for today. I’m not proud of them :(, it was too dark so I used high ISO and got these noisy pics . I found the 3rd one the hardest to take

  • káča suchá

    My tomatoes.

  • Hi everyone, these are my depht of field photos. I prepared blueberry pie
    isolated item
    f 5,6
    f10

  • Yesibeth

    Hi everyone! here are my pictures, I hope you like it. I’m working with coffee and chocolate, I put them together in the same story because they can be good friends : )

  • OK. Day 4. I’m really tired and I’m preparing for my big pool party on Saturday where I’m catering for 35 people. So these aren’t my best, but at least I did the assignment and used the kind of shot I agreed up front to do. Spices. This is nutmeg, vanilla bean, truffle salt and cinnamon sticks on a Nambe platter.

  • Magda

    I’m not happy with composition, the angles are different and photos could be sharper. But it’s great exercise you can see how to play with aperture to tell better story.

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Love the 3rd one…

  • razdan

    The first one was taken at 2.8,the second one with props at 5,so is the third one,but cropped.

  • Eric

    Herewith my three pics of shallots. Any feedback is highly appreciated.

    • Very nice. You see how the light is blue in the 3rd shot? Did you change your iso for this one?

      • Eric

        Thanks for your feedback. No, I have not changed the ISO, the photos were taken with:
        Photo 1: ISO 1600 – f/6.3 – 1/13
        Photo 2: ISO 1600 – f/6.3 – 1/30
        Photo 3: ISO 1600 – f/6.3 – 1/15
        I have no idea, why in the third photo the light is blue.
        The photos were taken outside in the garden in the late evening and I did not want to use any flash, this is the reason of the high ISO.

  • Creadora de Imágenes

    Here are my photographs with varying dof.

    f/3 – f/9 – f/22

  • Marina Martensen

    Hi! Anteriorly as said I had picked fruits and vegetables to photograph, but I decided to change because I had difficulty in the composition utensil and I do not like the result, as has a candy store next door to the house I decided to change my theme for sweet !! As I am photographing the family and pregnant and I have not experience with food and in the first lesson i have many trouble, but follows my attempts and photos. I used the aperture 2.8, 4, 5.6 and 8.Sorry for my English, I have difficulty expressing myself.

  • Guest

    Cheese and quince cheese
    Lens 100mm; F2.8, 5.0 and 8.0 and ISO 100

  • diana frias ezcurra

    Cheese and quince cheese
    Lens 100mm
    F2.8, 5.0 and 8.0
    ISO 100

    • I like the story. The little cheesetowers look very good and I’d love to eat one 🙂

      • diana frias ezcurra

        Easy to prepare, easy to eat. 🙂

  • Marina Martensen

    Where are the photos ?? I have attached here but not this appearing

    • The same thing happened to me. This class is getting more frustrating by the minute.

    • Kris Giamouridou

      I can see your photo Marina, pls send me the recipe… what is this? It looks delicious.

  • Here are my photos. There wasn’t much light to work with, so shadows are minimal, but I think I achieved enough difference in f/stop to get a nice bokeh

  • Guest

    No photos were showing, so I’m trying again. Photo 1: single shot

  • Betsy

    Blueberry shortcakes. DOF

    • I don’t see your photos, Betsy

      • Betsy

        I see them. Try refreshing your browser and maybe they will show. That is how I got them to show up on others. Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

    • Raia Torn

      That last one is really making me hungry… 😉

  • Elina Belova

    It’s midnight, so it’s time for ‘Dried chili drama’. I used f3.4 and f8.0. I will try to find more time for the assignments next days.

  • These pancakes were taken at f3.5, 5.6, and 16. I also did a series with a bite taken out (only including the f3.5 shot here).

    • Ingrid Ortiz

      YUM! I love your last photo. Pancakes for dinner? 🙂

  • aPathite

    Now I’m really getting into trouble with my smartphone camera
    😉

  • Sara Cremese

    Here are my three images, any comment will be appreciate. thank you!
    first picture : cracker only, second: whole item of my composition aperture f/4, third: same image as 2nd one but aperture f/9.

  • Divya Shivarman

    Photo 1 2 and 3 in line 🙂

  • Katherine

    All photos were taken from the same location, I only changed the aperture for this exercise. These photos were taken at f/3.2, f/7.1, and f/18. Can definitely see how it changes the feel for the photos with the different depth of fields.

  • Raia Torn

    Unfortunately, I have no control over the fstop on my camera, but I did my best with what I have!

  • Kathy Hester

    Hi everyone, today was a steep learning curve for me because I’ve never messed with the aperture settings on my camera, at least not thoughtfully. I did a ton of reading to figure it out and think I got the jist of it. In the past I’ve moved in closer or farther away to get the effect. I took all 3 of these from the same spot. If you have some good advice or links on depth of field I’d appreciate it. I used aperture priority setting because I just don’t know enough yet to set everything manually at the same time.

  • Elena

    Black pepper

  • flavorsandcolorsbyaparna

    Working on today’s assignment… I decided to set two different scenes and study it in two ways 1) First pic [Tea time snack preparation] – collage of different DOF while changing the focal length of the lens [with no tripod, ISO 200] …. and 2) Second pic [Star Anise spice] – collage of photos shoot in aperture priority mode from same location [on tripod, ISO 800 as it was past 5 pm by the time I sat down to shoot this second scene] … feedback appreciated

  • Greetings all,

    This series is reminiscent of the old Billy Joel song “Piano Man” Opening lyrics are “It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday, the regular crowd shuffles in…..”

    The series could be a bar scene as the after work crowd arrives. First shot wide open at 2.8, only the single beer is highlighted and another single and empty ashtray in the out of focus zone. Next shot brings more clientele, a few more beers, focus tightens up, ashtray looks a bit sharper. Final shot: its a busy night, cigar in the says hey, were here for a awhile…another beer please….

    • Ingrid Ortiz

      Love your third image!

      • Ingrid,

        Thanks for the comment! Thought it would be a good subject, it will be in the 100’s here in Texas tomorrow, so a cool beverage will hit the spot. I wasn’t quite sure if I accomplished the task set out by Neel. I have seen several variations on it. Right or Wrong it was a great exercise.

        • Ingrid Ortiz

          No, I think you nailed it. You could see a clear difference in DOF.

          I’m in FL … We’re having a summer of hot, humid, & crazy thunderstorm filled days here.

    • I think the last shot is brilliant. It is quite simple, but it tells a story. I do think a shallower depth of field might have worked better for that shot (put more focus on the front beer). But it’s a great pic!

      • Claudia,

        Thanks for the encouragement and suggestion. The real challenge for this was trying to maintain the exposure level as I stopped down. I use speed lights and small foam core reflectors. To adjust from the first shot at f/2.8 to the second at f/11 I raised the power of the flash. For the f/32 shot I had to raise the ISO since I was at the end of the tether for flash power. It worked fairly well, the last two being more matched than the first one.

  • Guest

    here is my shoots for today
    1) f 1.8
    2) f 3.2
    3) f 5.6

  • Rebecca Diepenheim

    Mine here. Coffee cup, focus point on the mouth piece. Second shot with banana bread, focused on front of bread. Third shot with all in focus. Sorry for lousy setup, all done at work.

  • Class 4: depth of field props.

    • Sorry I have some issues with uploads…

  • Elana

    I used the same sliced tomatoes here, but only after they’ve been marinating overnight. Colors are all still there!

  • Sharon

    f5, f8, and f16. All at 200 iso.

  • Dina Hassan

    here is my shots for today
    1) f 1.8
    2) f 3.2
    3) f 5.6

  • Ann G

    Here are my 3 pictures of Mangoes. Taste very good in smoothies.

  • Beans & Unicorn…

    • Lorinda Clark McKinnon

      Makes me laugh…especially the last one.

    • Kris Giamouridou

      Lol lol lol

  • Jessica

    Here are my 3 pics. I struggled with the last one because I am such a beginner to photography that I cannot handle my camera well enough yet to have the whole story in focus. Thus, I am giving you two versions, they are both not perfect… Apart from the technical issues did I get the idea right?

  • Guest

    Sorry, the pics don’t seem to show up. Here one by one…

  • Karen Waples

    I love the DOF when shooting. Mostly I shoot with shallow, closeup, but need to experience a deep DOF. Could only do 2 images today, but I think the idea is there

    • Dani

      Hi Karen,

      I too often shoot close up and shallow. My photos keep getting rejected from tastespotting and foodgawker because my composition is too tight. I’m here to try and remedy that, so this lesson is great.

      I actually LOVE your second photo with everything in focus. That’s not my usual style but it really works here.

      Well done.

      • Karen Waples

        Thanks Dani. I am a close up shooter most of the time. Its hard to pull yourself away from something that you feel comfortable with to do something else. I usually shoot about 25-30 images, and then select about 5 and there are usually some that are deep DOF, but when I post I have to choose just one and that’s hard.

    • Ingrid Ortiz

      I like tighter crops as well. 😉 What aperture did you shoot at? I think I would have liked to see one more in the middle as I keep going back & forth between I prefer more.

      • Karen Waples

        Ingrid, I shot the 1st at F3.5 and the second at F13. I don’t think I have one in between but will look and maybe post if i find one

        • Ingrid Ortiz

          I’d love to see it if you have one. I used to be really bad about shooting wide open( & missing focus because of it), but I have since found that unless I’m in tight f/6.3 is a good place for me to start. (FYI, more often than not I’m shooting w/my 100mm) 🙂

          • Karen Waples

            Ingrid, unfortunately I do not have the midrange one. I usually shoot with my 50mm but might have to go back to my 90mm for awhile. I am enjoying doing this challenge. but got to try shooting wider!

  • Karen Waples

    I really am not a fan of this upload system. But here are the images, and the post below

  • Here’s my DoF story. I feel fairly satisfied considering my rush. I am beginning to see how these lessons are changing the way we see and think about both the art and the technique.

    • LOVE the bottom shot. It tells a story. A really delicious story! Of course the strawberry photos are beautiful too.

      • Thank you SO much! I was making these muffins for our new neighbors. It’s a bit hectic learning a new recipe and completing a photography assignment at the same time. ;o)

        • I totally get it Chelle! Trying to keep up with my blog’s recipes and this course is a little overwhelming.

  • Karen Hall Sarraga

    Tonight was rushed and I was losing my light. Hand-held outside before I put the steaks on the grill and with the fading light I failed miserably on getting sharp focus. Also had trouble with the higher f-stops and had to boost the ISO a lot. I was able to get different degrees of focus but I may need to make note of this assignment and work on it again later for extra credit. f-stops were 2.8 on the first one, 5.0 on the second and 8.0 on the last.

  • Oops reversed the DOF as per assignment, but no time to redo. Same idea but backward 🙂 First shot is alone, wide depth of field, second is with props at wide DOF, third is with props with shallow DOF.

  • Ingrid Ortiz

    Here are my photos …the first taken @ f/2.8, the next @ f/5.6, & the last @ f/22. My subject is once again homemade salted caramel sauce.

    • Ingrid,

      Superb images. The caramel sauce has this wonderful flow like a stream or a fountain. Second image suits the subject more than the first or last one. Emphasis in the second one is on the sauce, which I assume is where you want it. Not sure if you cropped that tight in camera, my suggestion might be to let the image breathe on the sides, give it the same room as you did on top and bottom.

      Once again, Brava!

      • Ingrid Ortiz

        Hiya, Bob!
        Thanks! Yes, that’s a deliberate in camera crop. In my defense, I have little choice. 🙁 My “studio” is lit by a solo EGO tabletop light & my table top is a 3 by 2 board. On that board sits my light, a foam board background, & an aluminum foil covered smaller foam board. I shot with my 100mm knowing I could get a shallower DOF (keeping my background blurred) even when I closed down.

        Thanks again!

  • Sreevalli E

    DOF field pics.. Loved clicking the pics..
    Pic 1 – f/1.4, 50mm, Iso-200
    Pic 2 – f/3.5, 50mm, Iso-500
    Pic 3 – f/5, 80mm, Iso-500

  • More peanut butter banana chocolate chip granola from me.

  • I am crossing my fingers that these upload this time!
    f3.2, f8, & f22

  • Here is my fist shot

  • My second

  • Still on vacation but got to shoot “food out” for this assignment. I didn’t get to spend enough time looking at the shots, though, to realize that my high aperture shot was not that high and my first shot wasn’t totally isolated (forgot that part when I was out). Alas! Can’t wait to really get to spend some time on these when I get home 🙂

  • Irine Gromova

    internet somehow doesnt work at home… sorry for being late. Pasta wastn actually in my list, but there are some tomatoes from garden!

  • the second again

  • And my third. . .

  • Kim Morla

    Peeled aguaymantos ready to eat and behind waiting to be peeled. f/5.6.

  • Gory James

    i used apertures: 2,8, 5.6 and 11 respectively.

  • Guillermo Villa

    I guess I’m hungry 🙂

  • Guest

    Just to let you know I did not receive this lesson yesterday so it is a little late. Here are my shot’s I used f4,f8 & f22. I found easier to understand with using all my props togeather but I also have taken with introducing props at the different stages but could not really tell the difference maybe I didn’t have them positioned correctly!

  • Tania Knight

    Ok trying again, I used f4,f8 & f22! I found this easier to understand having all the shots the same, perhaps i didn’t have added props in the correct position when I was taking the photo’s at different f stops!

  • Guest

    Did thee shots of f/2.8, f/11 and f/20.

  • Guest

    Did three shots of f/2.8, f/11 and f/20.

  • Guest

    Depth of field f/2.8

  • In the course description, it said that a DSLR wasn’t required, but I can’t figure out how to adjust the deptg of field on my Samsung Galaxy S3.

  • Guest

    f/2.8

  • Aviaska Herlambang

    Just send this.. Need your comment 🙂

  • Day 4 DoF Study Shot 1 f2, Shot 2 f4.5 Shot 3 f8

  • ZUCCHINI NOODLES WITH MUSSELS AND CRAB IN PONZU CITRUS DRESSING – Here I wanted to capture the grainy texture of the parmesan cheese over the smooth and chunky texture of the mussels in a bed of zucchini noodles and crabsticks. ISO set on 400 and used natural “daylight” by my window for this shot. And one sturdy hand! 🙂

  • some of the participants seemed to have zoomed out or in. I understood the lesson to mean the the focus remained the same and only the aperture changes.

  • Ana Munoz

    Haven´t been able to post any images. all images are under 1MB and it keeps telling me: Unfortunately your image upload failed. Please verify that your image is under 2MB. If you continue seeing this error, please try again later.

  • My three images 1st shot at 3.5, 2nd 8 and the 3rd at 16. Shot out side but was losing the light.

  • Aviaska Herlambang

    Just share one photo, need your comment 🙂

  • The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen

    Here are mine

  • Aviaska Herlambang

    It is difficult to up load photo in jpeg format..

  • Ana Munoz

    DOF

  • GT

    I had a bit of a struggle with this assignment. Here’s my first pic @ f4.

    BTW, salt water taffy candies are very tricky to stack 🙂

  • GT

    My second shot for the assignment. f5.6

  • herb Borage making into ice cubes

  • Borage Ice cube

  • Guest

    My pick for the day:

  • Guest

    My pick for this lesson:

  • dd

    My pick for the day:

  • Alain Meessen

    Three pictures taken at f/11 , f/5.6 en f 3.5

  • Mihaela D

    Playing with cherry @
    different depth

  • Anna Shilonosova

    Hi!
    I’m a bit late today, but I did it! 🙂
    Here are my three photos. I liked the second one most of all. The first was too much about detail, which I considered a little useless regarding the texture of this broth, and the third one had too much in focus, to my mind.

    • Anna Shilonosova

      Although, on second thought, I do like the third one as well. I like the way the half-transparency of the broth is shown here. And the buns look nice, too. Now I see I’ve missed on the white balance, but that’s a different story 🙂

  • shikha Bhatia

    Here are my pics for assignment 4.All pictures were taken @ISO 200, 1/60 sec at f-4.5 , f-5 and f-11. I tried my best to get the best quality from my kit lens hope it meets the requirement of the task.

  • Heather M

    Apples was one of my subjects since it is hitting apple season here and I will be doing so much with them.

  • I’m jumping in better late than never, doing several lessons with today’s breakfast. I can now see that my focus is off a bit, but I do prefer the middle one to the others. The napkin is too distracting for me.

    • shikha Bhatia

      Nice work. I agree without napkin or with some other prop picture would have looked even better.

  • Deepa

    Better late than never, huh? I chose pepper as spices are one of the things on my list. The first is a shallow depth of field (f3.5) with just the front peppercorn in focus. The second is about f6 and the third is about f11. I initially couldn’t get the first one to load so the second one is actually the first if that makes sense!

  • Isabel

    Here is my pictures:

  • Anibalismo

    I think I could have used a better dof in the second one.

    • Anibalismo

      Awh… this is the issue when uploading photos 😀

  • Isabel

    My photos for this assignment:

  • Namrata Jain

    Better late than never. I am posting 3 pictures with pomegranate as my subject. Would love your feedback!

    • I love the third one.

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      Oh wow! 2nd & 3rd are my favorite. The first pic / closeup is nice but I like how the other two photos show the actual fruit.

  • Lynne317

    I’m still away from home and using my iPhone so hopefully my images will work for Lesson 4. These delicious white peaches were bought at a local farmers market to make a Southern Peach Cobbler.

  • I got the 4th assignment a day late as others, but then got the 5th assignment one along with it. So 1st here is my 4th assignment.
    The 1st 2 pics are at 4.5f and 3rd is at 8f. Appreciate your feedback!

    • I looove the second one.

      • Thanks! It’s my favorite too 🙂

      • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

        I agree!

  • Isabel

    Hello,
    my photos for today assignment are:

  • Kris Giamouridou

    Lesson 4: No1. f/5.6 ISO 200, No2. the same, No3. f/13 ISO 400 – At the 3rd photo everything is in focus, even a small part of the couch 😀

  • Lynn Pennington

    1st – f/2.8; 2nd – f/4.0; 3rd – f/8.0

  • Sonja

    Here are my 3 shots.

  • Ok here are my three shots. My Canon Rebel died! Aaargh So I had to wait ’til I landed in England and could borrow my son’s camera. New camera body on the way ASAP.

    So here are my three shots!

  • Ileana Calero

    My No. 1 is f5.6, No.2 is f13. No.3 f22.

  • Sorry for being late… Here is my 3 photos with 3 different depth of field. I think there’s is no bad answer : it’s depend on the effect we want to create.

  • This is my first at f 2.8

  • Thiago Cardoso

    For the largest dof I’ve used the F/16 aperture.

  • This is my second with prop

  • This is my third, f is 4 and shutter speed 1/30

  • Here are my three photos. First – f1/8, second – f3/2, third – f14.

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      Very good on the different DOFs! I love the pasta choice 🙂

  • Mukul

    Hi, everybody!
    Actuality i shoot in revers direction. detail on images. 3 images.

  • Mukul

    Posting again one image is not there

    Hi, everybody!

    Actuality i shoot in revers direction. detail on images. 3 images.

  • I’ve been working along, but haven’t had time to post results until this morning. Here is the depth of field study. The smallest aperture on my lens is 4.5, so I did the first two photos in this assignment using 4.5. The last photo is 8.0, which is my preference. I had also tried f14, but it lost a bit of ambiance. Drinks before an alfresco dinner is the set-up I was trying to convey. All comments are welcome!

  • Mukul

    Some more photos to share.

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      the lighting in the top photo is a little too dark, but I like your placement of the props!

      • Mukul

        Thank you. I take raw images too, i can improve it, but i don’t want to change the effect of early morning or late evening. according to me this is early morning & story behind this is family of three members – Kid – mom & dad – having tea together – tea is main subject – mom & dad are not on table yet – child is bored of study & started having tea & breakfast. thank you again to make me share my thought.

  • Misky

    DoF photo with homegrown peppers.

  • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

    Subject: Grain, muesli.
    photo #1 isolated photo of the subject
    photo #2 grain is the main item, with the props a little out of focus
    photo #3 grain is the main item, but all of the props are also in focus

  • Lynne317

    Hopefully, these will upload. Still on the iPhone, but headed home today

    • Ambrosia Pardue-Lee

      gorgeous fruit, and I like the final result!

  • Guest

    these are my photos of toasts

  • these are my photos of toasts…

  • Katriina Mueller

    Here are my eggs with different DoF

    • Guest

      The third one is there, just need to click on the broken image pic 🙂

  • Here is my try. What do you think?

    • Kathy Thompson

      I like the middle one best.

    • Natalia

      the middle one!

  • A bit late, but here is my go on DoF. I forgot the isolated shot, but I took a somewhat isolated shot of another object (getting it fully isolated was impossible from this angle.
    I made a platter of dips and spreads, with some homemade bread.

  • Sawsan Abu Farha

    I was out of town and I couldn’t take my camera so I am catching up today.
    Here are my images

  • Nancy

    Day 4: DOF – My two photos are at f1.4 and f8 (only two photos as I did not use props) They have a dramatically different feel.

  • Guest

    Somehow I lost deleted some of my images from my final setup so here is my set with one from the first setup I found to boring. I’m hoping the image pops up.

  • I tried two different setups and found the first one boring but then deleted some front the final setup. Catching up while babysitting grandkids with the flu has been hard but this is so much fun. https://www.flickr.com/photos/vintagedesignsmith/14880180965/

  • hcr

    These were each taken at f4, f9 and f16

  • Roz

    Here’s my totally amateur 3 photos attempting dof!

  • Roz

    my photos didn’t load, sorry

  • A garlic head which will become part of a pesto.

    • Kathy Thompson

      I think I’d like somewhere inbetween 3.2 and 22…a little more detail in the elements in the background but not fully in focus as in f22. Lovely light.

      • Hello Kathy, thank you for leaving a comment. I definitely agree with you. I would prefer a f/ between 3.2 & 22. i’ll try next time.

  • Patty Hultquist

    Here are my chili peppers with different DOF.

    • Patty Hultquist

      trying this again.

  • Stephanie Elie

    Here is today depth of field shot. I’m playing catchup a bit, since I have had so much difficulty uploading the images. This was with props at (10.0) macro lens

  • Guest

    Hi everybody, I was really worried to post my photos after seeing all your creativeness, but decided to participate however it is I tried these shots

    • Kathy Thompson

      I like the first one, it’s less busy. Love the use of the texture in the slate.

  • Hi everybody I am posting everything a bit late, scared mine were too bad to showcase here, like to hear your suggestions and advice

  • Unfortunately I misread the assignment and didnt use props. Just used some of the same item. DOF definitely makes a big difference. Like the ones with shallow DOF but the focus point closer to the front of the photo.

  • Kathy Thompson

    For this assignment I took a range of shots at 2.8, 3.5…etc up to f16.

    f2.8 was too shallow and f16 too deep.
    The one I like best was taken at f3.5 so the eye is drawn to the cumquat in the front and the background is soft still has some detail. The second pic was the greatest dof taken at f16 and unless I needed to have everything in focus I wouldn’t choose to use this one.

  • Frode Breimo

    Slowly catching up 🙂 Here are my photos for lesson 4; DoF. f/4, f7.1 and f/13

  • Frode Breimo

    …and the third one…

  • Here are my set of pictures.

  • Bashar Hijjawy

    Hello,
    Here is my homewrok:
    First shot: small DOF
    Second shot: large DOF
    Third Shot: large DOF with prompts

  • Here are my two pictures playing around with DOF. I’m a little behind so I am trying to catch up as quickly as possible. I have attached two pictures instead of three, but I believe they work with what the lesson is trying to accomplish. Really enjoying this class so far! The first one has a very shallow DOF, the second one is of the same exact set up with a much deeper DOF. Interesting to notice how the two different pictures tell a completely different story!

  • Im not sure if anyone can see my second picture, but just in case, here it is again – Sorry if it repeats 🙁

  • shef

    I’m delayed on all assignments because of travel. Trying to catch up!! First photo is f2.5 (lower than that, i could only get the background to focus rather than the foreground). I am very new at photography, so I understand just a little.
    Second photo is f3.5. Third photo is also f3.5. Larger f stops left me with blurry photos.

    Also, I am using a 50mm lens. If that makes a difference. THanks

  • Zane Sproge

    So I was capturing different shots with different DOF, but this time it was really not so much visible difference.. I will just post two photos as I should return to this lesson again and try again.

  • Peter Block

    I used different DOF. I really got a new perspective on the focus of the pic.

  • Meghan

    I have to admit I’m using my iPhone, hoping upgrade to an actual camera 🙂

  • Guest

    Hi guys! 🙂
    Here there are my photos!
    – Photo n.1

  • Guest

    photo n.2

  • Hi Guys! 😀
    Here there are my photos!
    Photo n. 1

  • photo n.2

  • photo n. 3

  • Pablo Minier

    Close up (my favorite shot)

  • Pablo Minier

    Medium shot. You can make up the elements in the picture a little bit more.

  • Pablo Minier

    All elements are visible. I shot all my pictures at the same aperture only changing the distance to the subject, which affects the depth of field.

  • Tia Haygood

    I missed this day on Disqus but posted on FB for some reason. Below are three photos for the dof challenge: Shallow, Mid range, and deep. Please critique and comment on anything I can improve on. Thank you very much.

  • Gayatri Iyer

    I tried to take the shots with different aperture setting for the DOF.

  • Christa Chialtas Gault