Master depth of field to get tack sharp photos

Master depth of field to get tack sharp photos

Watch the video above to see how to use depth of field will help you take super sharp photos WITHOUT boring and complicated explanations.

Are you sick and tired of disappointing blurry photos? Do you want to be taking photos that are tack-sharp? Then you need to master depth of field once and for all!

There are two key elements to getting sharp photos. The first is through depth of field, and the second is by using a fast enough shutter speed, but shutter speed is for another lesson.

Sometimes you will want a long depth of field, and other times you will want it to be shallow. If you leave your camera in auto mode then you will never be able to decide in advance whether your photo will have a long or short depth of field.

How to get a short depth of field

Portrait photos look best when the background is out of focus. You can achieve this effect by using the smallest f-stop number on your lens. The bokeh effect is also magnified when you get closer to your subject or use a longer focal length.

The photo above is an example of a short depth of field. The foreground is in sharp focus, but the background is out of focus and blurry.

The photo above is an example of a long depth of field and you know this because both the foreground and background are all in focus. Landscape photos usually look their best when they have been taken with a long depth of field. This can be achieved by using a high f-stop number on your lens.

If you want to know how to create your own tack sharp photos, then you need to learn the four-step system I used to create my own award-winning photos, including the International Nature Photographer of the Year award from Master Photographers International.

I have a free, one-hour webclass that explains the four-step system. If you sign up to watch the web class, I will give you my best tips and shortcuts to help you take your own tack-sharp, award-winning photos.

Tim Shields

Tim Shields is the founder of Photography Academy, the author of The Photo Cookbook, and the creator of the Photography Transformation 4-Step System. He holds the designation of Master Photographer in Fine Art from Master Photographers International.