Photography 101: Advanced DOF Calculations

Here is a post from Stephen Dennstedt’s blog on advanced depth of field focusing.

Expat Journal: Postcards from the Edge

Stephen F. Dennstedt

This video challenges conventional wisdom when it comes to advanced depth of field (DOF) focus calculations. It’s a YouTube video produced by Thomas Heaton who is a young and accomplished British landscape photographer based in the United Kingdom. I’m typically old school traditional when it comes to photography, but I am open-minded enough (I think) to learn new and better ways of doing things.

When shooting near to far landscape scenes photographers strive for maximum DOF. In other words you want your foreground subject matter to be acceptably sharp while keeping the middle ground and background areas acceptably sharp as well. Using a wide-angle field of view (FOV) usually helps with this goal: 16mm, 24mm, 28mm and 35mm are all common focal lengths (FL). Also, a smaller aperture (larger f/stop) increases DOF: f/8 through f/16 are typically used.

Back, for a moment, to conventional wisdom: Conventional wisdom…

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