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Photography trick using the Gimp - Fake depth of field

Jul 01, 2011, 19:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by McKay Christensen)

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"To explain depth of field, I will use two types of photography for examples. Landscape photography and portrait photography. When taking a landscape photograph, you typically want everything to be in focus. To to this you will want a large depth of field. In portrait photography, you want to focus on the subject and have the background be blurry to not distract from your area of focus. For this you will need a shallow depth of field.

"On a camera, increasing the f-number (decreasing the aperture diameter) increases the DOF; decreasing f-number decreases DOF.

"Tweaking the aperture is something most people don't know how to do (some cameras it is not even possible). One thing you can do for this is stand back and zoom in; OR you can use the Gimp!"

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