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Old 2006-12-06, 7:19am
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Here is a good pic to illustrate the concept of Depth of Field: http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...08&postcount=1

Definitions of Depth of Field:
-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depth_of_field
-- http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...mls/depth.html

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Old 2006-12-07, 6:03am
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Can't see it.

One great way to see depth of field with your camera is to take a series of shots with your camera changing only the aperature. Write on each picture the aperature and after looking at a few times you will begin to know what dof you want to use for your shots.
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Old 2006-12-07, 6:37am
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Can't see it.
You can't see it in: http://www.lampworketc.com/forums/sh...08&postcount=1 ?

Really? You can't see the difference in sharpness between the rearmost beads and the ones in the foreground? Wow.

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As a photographer I can see how the wrong depth of field was used, if, the artist wanted all their beads in focus. However a novice may not see exactly what is going on without a full example of different fields of focus.
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now I can. I meant I couldn't see your picture.
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As a photographer I can see how the wrong depth of field was used, if, the artist wanted all their beads in focus. However a novice may not see exactly what is going on without a full example of different fields of focus.
I actually think that example picture looks great! I posted it as just one small example of the concept of depth of field, since (to my eyes) the sharpness fall-off from front to rear is quite dramatic.

Oh well. Just trying to help.

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Old 2006-12-08, 7:25am
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now I can. I meant I couldn't see your picture.
Whew! Thanks.

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I see what you were getting at Jan. I don't think Litsayn knew what you were talking about. I'm use to be a Professional Photographer too. There are many uses for depth of field for bead shots. One of my favorites is to show a view where the focal bead of the set is in full focus and the spacers sort of fade away. It gives the pictures presented a bit of interest.
BTW, pretty beads!
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Old 2006-12-08, 9:34am
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I don't think Litsayn knew what you were talking about.
Goodness gracious, I barely know I'm talking about myself, most of the time. So it's no wonder I confuse others. (chuckle)

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There are many uses for depth of field for bead shots. One of my favorites is to show a view where the focal bead of the set is in full focus and the spacers sort of fade away. It gives the pictures presented a bit of interest.
I agree wholeheartedly! Just as that example pic illustrated. The foreground beads pratically jump right out of the screen, right at you! Nifty!

They are pretty beads. I wonder if Melissa knows we've been yacking about them for a few days!

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It's not called depth of field. Although it was depth of field that created the effect. It's called selective focus. And has been a tool in photographers tool box from the beginning. I love the shot. Well done Well done.
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