I have a new title on my iPad Kindle, “Understanding Exposure,” fourth edition by Brian Peterson. My plan is to use this book as a study guide to improve my manual photography skills.
Brian explained there are three photo situations when attention to aperature choice is especially important:
- Isolation or Singular-theme
- “Who Cares”
My focus in this post is on the Storytelling aperature. Brian suggested that this technique be applied to an image to tell a story with a beginning (foreground subject), a middle (the middle-ground subject), and an end (the background subject).
What do you think? Did I succeed with foreground, middle-ground, and background all in focus?
The trick is using biggest f-stop numbers because storytelling compostions rely on maximum depth of field. Brian’s manual instructed me to:
- Turn off autofocus
- Set aperture to f-22
- Align distance-setting mark on the lens to 1 meter or 3 feet
- Consider going to knees in order to compose immediate foreground
- Adjust shutter speed for correct exposure.
I tried this focusing techique on the last Fall color on our Cherry tree. Was the Storytelling composition technique also appropriate for this shot’s fore, middle, and background?
Weekly Photo Challenge: June 14, 2017 | “Focus“