How to Understand Depth of Field to Avoid Blurry Photos

How to Understand Depth of Field to Avoid Blurry Photos


Last week we released our brand new course, Photo Nuts and Shots, which is all about teaching the tools, techniques and thought processes for creative photography. It’s by one of our most popular ebook authors, Neil Creek, and features over two hours of video teaching.

We asked Neil to create this course as he has a natural knack for explaining technical concepts in a way that makes the intricacies of photography easy to understand.

We’re so convinced that this course will help you that we want to share a couple of minutes from one of the modules about avoiding blurry images with you here today.

Neil Creek runs through an additional 35 minutes of golden focus advice in this lesson – available in full when you purchase the course online today.

And keep in mind that this is just one of ten creative photography lessons included in Photo Nuts and Shots.

So you’ll not only discover practical tips and tricks for producing tack sharp photos, but get step-by-step guidance on:

  • Using light effectively
  • Avoiding and embracing lens flare
  • Composition techniques
  • Choosing creative exposure settings
  • Thinking flexibly on location
  • And much more

With Neil’s comprehensive demonstrations and easy-to-understand teaching style, it’s like having your very own professional photography mentor.

All packaged in over two hours of streamable and downloadable video content.

Don’t miss this opportunity – take the full course today.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Neil Creek

    Excuse me? I’ve worked very hard on this course to create a really useful reference for beginner and intermediate photographers. DPS is my publisher and they are a fantastic group of enthusiastic photography educators. Together we have created a high quality learning resource. Why should we not make a living selling it? This is my primary source of income. If you don’t want to buy it, that’s fine, but where do you get of making such a snide crack?

  • I agree with Neil, DPS offers almost limitless free content on their site. They provide new and experienced camera users with honest and accurate information. It is only fair that they are allowed to create and promote their own materials for sale.

  • Glen O’Keefe

    Seriously, Mr. Lewis’s comment does not even warrant a response. Neil, this was a very useful tip and one that a lot of us beginners seem to overlook. Thank you! Please continue to offer your expertise.

  • Keenan Butcher

    oh the times ive seen Newbies shooting EVERYTHING at 1.8 or 2.0 on their “art” lenses because its Professional ,yeah right the Pros use ALL the FStops not just the ONE ,dont worry guys I slap em down big time ,either ask for the money back from the so called trainer or seriously find out what DOF is .

  • TR Young

    Neil, some people are just jackasses who want to be negative about whatever they come across.
    Your contributions are a boon for the photography community. Keep up the good work.

  • Phil James

    Can’t bear the stink of troll.

  • Terry Ritchie

    My old Spotmatics SMC Takumar lenses all have DOF preview switches. I wonder why you dont see these anymore. They allowed you so see DOF before shooting.

  • Johanna

    Thanks. Although I consider myself pretty sharp (pardon the pun) when it comes to DOF info, I was kinda surprised at your results at 9 when up so close. You learn something new every day, so thanks for that. Can you provide the source of that camera strap you’re using, Neil? There are so many out there and I’ve been looking for one that works exactly the way yours does. Thanks again for the info, and I hope your course is a wild success for you.

  • Perry Westbrook

    Well done Neil, concise guide to sharp shots with short tele lens. Ignore the morons with neg comments!

  • Charlie Barker

    Good for you Neil, nice video as always really informative, I have learnt so much from DPS thanks.

  • Gillian Sampson

    Thanks for the course Neil. I bought it last week and was just up to this lesson today when I saw this go up on dPS. The full lesson is one of the best in the course and I’d highly recommend it to everyone.

  • PhotoBrian

    This is a great lesson, and well presented; but let’s call it what it is… The word is “shallow” depth of field, not “narrow”!

  • Stacy Nuciforo

    I bought this course and was very happy to pay the modest price that I actually learned a ton from. Neil does a great job at explaining and demonstrating topics for the beginner like me to understand. Thank you for this and would love to see more!

  • Jasmin Tragas

    Thanks Stacy we’re glad you enjoyed the course. You’re right, Neil is skilled at explaining thing..thanks for the feedback! – Jasmin

  • Blake Lewis

    Look at all the sheep, coming out to baa angrily at the man who dares speak ill of someone taking their money!

  • Blake sorry if you’re offended by dPS making money. We publish 730 free tutorials every year here on the blog and fund that free content through launching 4-5 products (eBooks and courses) every year.

    The money goes toward paying for our editing, developers, writers, designers, customer support, servers and more.

    The products we do release are all based upon the needs we see in our readers and what they ask us for more products on (in our survey that all newsletter subscribers are invited to participate in). As a result we’ve published quite a few eBooks on a wide array of topics – all of which attempt to provide genuine value for our readers.

    We certainly don’t expect everyone to purchase all of our products though and are not forcing anything on anyone. We do offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee which allows readers to test if those products are for them and ask for their money back if they don’t find the products meet their needs.

    All in all we’re sorry if you’re offended by us selling something but we have to pay the bills somehow.

    Best wishes with your photography.

  • Paul Jones

    Video did not indicate whether spot or zone focusing was used. Or,,,,,,,,,,,,,do you just focus on one eye and the other will fall in the plane of focus by default due to it being the same distance as other eye?

  • Ziggy

    Some folk hide behind the anonymity of the web to be uncivil in a way they wouldn’t be face to face.

  • Ken Richardson

    Neil, forget this clown. I bought your course and have learned a great deal from it. I am new to dslr photography and watching your videos are great. Please continue to educate those of us who need and what the information.

  • Adrian McMillan

    It seems to me Mr Lewis you live a life where you wear your talisman showing ‘NMA’. A shame really, as well all have so much to offer in the short lives that we live.

  • Lilian

    I have a question please. I am not sure whether it is me or my camera but if I take pics then one will be perfect then the next few blurred. I do not change settings in between. Then I switch off and on again and try again. I am using a Canon 650D with a Tamron 24-70mm or Tamron 70-200mm. Please advise as this is very frustrating. Thanks

  • Joe Sobotka

    Just a quick question. I recently started amateur Nature photography (4 months ago). Does the course have any relevance to that? Or is the course mainly for portrait photography? In any case, I’ve learned SO much from your tips on your site. I thank you so Very much for that!

  • DaleB

    Johanna … Joby sling the best place I got mine was The Good Guys it is great once slung behind you the camera doesn’t move while walking.

  • Johanna

    Thanks DaleB, I was hoping someone would respond with that information. Appreciate it!

  • Tim Lowe

    Why one earth would you shoot portraits at f/2?

  • Kelsey Woodward

    Thank you Darren and your team of professional colleagues who share so much with us at little or no cost. dPS is my ‘go to’ site for questions I might have or information I might need. I look forward to my end of the week email to kick start a project or two.

  • Kelsey Woodward

    Great info Neil. You are a gifted teacher!

  • MaryAnn

    Low light situation, probably outside and desire to have background out of focus. Have seen great photo shot at f/4. Outdoors, under the shade of a redwood tree.

  • Tim Lowe

    I have an f/1.4 50mm lens. Why? Because it’s a beautiful, sharp lens. NOT because it goes to f/1.4. It’s useless below f/2.8. All lenses are.

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