Truth about fast lens­es

Every­one in the HDDSLR com­mu­ni­ty is talk­ing about depth of field (DOF) and lots of peo­ple are rec­om­mend­ing fast lens­es (i.e. small F stops e.g. 1.4). New­com­ers get excit­ed every time DOF is men­tioned. Few stop to think exact­ly what DOF real­ly means. Used prop­er­ly in sto­ry­telling such as dra­mas, it can have great impact. For exam­ple, to sep­a­rate one char­ac­ter from oth­ers, so the focus is on that per­son and not else­where in the frame. Remem­ber DOF, which can be either shal­low focus or deep focus, is just one of the tools in your arse­nal that you can use to tell your sto­ry. Here is a sim­ple to under­stand arti­cle on DOF writ­ten by a HDDSLR shoot­er who has learned from his mis­takes and is a reminder to us all not to over use this method to enhance our shots. Also, read the com­ments, there are some very good tips on focus men­tioned in the dis­cus­sion.