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Understanding Depth Of Field

In this tutorial, I will try to help you get to grips and understand Depth Of View and show you how to do drawings using it.

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Step 1

Depth of field, in photography, is the distance in front of and behind the main object in your drawing. The depth of field (DOF) can be used to make your drawings look more realistic, as if it were taken by a camera.

Depth Of Field can be really hard to get right in drawings, however after it has, it can make them look more like real photographs and be very effective.

In this tutorial, I will try to help you get to grips and understand Depth Of View and show you how to do drawings using it.


Step 2

As you can see in this photograph, the main text the photographer is wanting you to see is in focus, however the other text behind and in front is out of focus and you are unable to read it clearly. The text that your are meant to see is in the middle of the picture.

This technique can also be used in drawings and brings the viewer's attention to the subject which is in focus.



Step 3

In this picture of flowers, the background has quite a good focus and it draws some attention to it, ditracting from the subject of the picture which are the flowers.


Step 4

This picture is similar to the last, however the background is completely out of focus and the only thing in the Field Of View is the flowers, adding to them and making the image
look sharper.


Step 5

Depth Of view is commonly used in city photos and pictures. The lights in the city are out of focus and it gives a really good effect on the picture.

OK, so this technique isn't an easy one to use in your drawings, but, if you practice it you will become better and be able to draw pictures of city landscapes like the professionals.

Good Luck!
Guy McLean

P.S. Feel free to contant me if you have any drawing related questions.

NOTE: I did not produce all of the pictures in my tutorial however, for all of them permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify.


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