Sponsored Content: Selective Focus with Tamron 18-400mm All-in-One Zoom

A closeup photo of a flamingo at the San Diego Zoo

Ken Hubbard, PRO PHOTOGRAPHER & TAMRON FIELD SERVICES MANAGERCreate depth in your image using a shallow depth of field and a large dynamic range between subject and background. People first think about creating depth in their images by using good foreground, mid-ground and background subjects. This is true, but you can also create depth in your images by looking for good dimensional light and controlling how much is in focus or out of focus in your image.  First, look at the light hitting your subjects and hitting the background.
Then try to find a subject that has good light hitting it but the background has much less falling on it, this will create a larger dynamic range between subject and background.  This will give the effect of the image above, a nicely lit subject but a darker background creating depth in the image. If the foreground and background are somewhat the same density with less dynamic range, your image will look much flatter.  Also use a shallow depth of field, this will cause the background to go blurry while the subject remains sharp.  Open up your aperture to 5.6 or 6.3 (depending on your focal

Tamron 18-400mm all-in-one zoom
Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028). For Canon and Nikon mounts Di II: For APS-C format DSLR cameras.

length) and focus on the subject, this will help minimize the depth of field and give that nice soft effect to the background.

—Ken Hubbard
Pro Photographer and Tamron Field Services Manager

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