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Kevin Burns

Portrait and Depth and Field?

Hello all.
I have a question about Portrait and Depth and Field pictures.
I thought a picture with a blurred background and sharp subject was a portrait and a picture with a sharp background to foreground was DOF.
DOF pictures are easy to determine “depth” as a distance of measurement and portrait’s are hard to see depth cause they have no depth. I have noticed that most are confused on each type of picture.
My question is why?
Please take no affiance, it is just a question you all are great.

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5/5/2005 5:14:47 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  I have never heard of a picture being classified as a "DOF".
Depth of field is a perception of apparent focus from the foreground to the background and applies to all portraits, landscapes and any other photograph.

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5/5/2005 5:26:48 AM

Kevin Burns   The word Depth means measurement. O.K then, how far is the tree away from the dandelion in the dandy portrait witch has no depth of field, hence portrait?

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5/5/2005 5:49:10 AM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  "Depth of field" does not specify a particular effect or style. A picture can have a very shallow depth of field (generally preferred for portrait, but not always) or very great/deep depth of field (generally preferred for landscape, but again not always as in your dandelion photo).

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5/5/2005 5:59:06 AM

Kevin Burns   Thank you!, I am understanding better now. Good debate, I would say.
It is in the eye of the beholder.

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5/5/2005 6:03:34 AM

Kevin Burns   Thank you, Bob and Jon, for the time in clearing this up for me. Your both cool!

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5/5/2005 6:17:37 AM

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