To help hone our photography skills and learn to control depth of field and focus points, we were asked to practice shallow depth and reverse shallow depth.

Near & Far - Near -- Shallow Depth with Focus Near -- Bannack   Near & Far - Far -- Shallow Depth of Field -- Bannack

“Near & Far – Near”; February 10, 2012, 12:49pm; f/5.6; 1/160; Canon T3i

“Near & Far – Far”; February 10, 2012, 12:49pm; f/5.6; 1/250; Canon T3i

Until we get those nice light field cameras that are coming in the future, we have to deal with controlling where we want our focus, so for these photos we were asked to use a shallow depth of field to focus on something close, and then the same subject with something in the background in focus. On the left, the wagon in the foreground is in focus. On the right, the old car in the background is in focus. Because I shot handheld, and had to change the settings, the composition of the photos isn’t exactly the same. Also, the “Near” photo had worse coloring than the other one, so I matched the color in Photoshop and then painted in the blue color of the sky again, because it turned brown in the color matching.

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