Dial-a-Background (a technique illustrated with five photographs)
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Learning about depth of field/fstops is like riding a bike, once you get the concepts and appreciate the possibilities they allow a world to open up, until then it’s a bit confusing. The sequence of photographs below were taken hand held in aperture priority mode. The only difference was that the fstop changed in each photograph by one stop. Of course for this to work the background has to be farther away from your subject than your camera is to your subject e.g. if you are two feet from your subject the background has to be five or more feet behind your subject and you need to be doing this in sufficient light that permits the use of more than one fstop.
Best of all it can be done with any camera at any minimum fstop, e.g if the lowest fstop your lens allows is 5.6, then the process above may not appear to be practicable but with a person or moveable subject you can increase the distance between your subject and the background, until you have the background you need (the results would be comparable to changing the fstop).
This is a great way to pick a background for your subject and create a different context for your subject.
Now if only I could remember to do this more often….