Shallow Depth of Field – Entry 3

Another gala I attended whilst in London was ‘The Lobster’, I took hundreds of pictures at this event. Similarly to the High Rise premiere, I played around with the settings to get a variety of outcomes. Below are the pictures that show shallow depth of field.

The settings I used were: f/6.3 -1/320 – ISO 6400

Colin Farrell stopped for a long time to sign for fans so I managed to capture a lot, but these are the top selection. Taken only moments apart you can feel the energy, how he’s constantly moving, signing, having pictures taken. In the background you can see the press/paparazzi photographers (the real professionals). I am taking the pictures from a fans perspective within the crowd, you get a more intimate image instead of the lifeless, cold images you see from paparazzi.



Shallow Depth of Field – Entry 3

Shallow Depth of Field -Entry 2

While in London for a week, I attended various Galas for the BFI London Film Festival at Leicester Square.

I have been to many movie premieres and celebrity events in the past two years and think its an exciting topic to photograph, you can really feel the rush and the atmosphere by looking at red carpet images. I was always thrilled seeing images of these events captured by professionals. Red carpet photographers such as BAFTA’s Rich Hardcastle, Jonathan Birch and Richard Kendal are fantastic at what they do and I feel that often I take photos at the same standard.

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I took a vast amount of photos over the days and found that some of them were rather interesting; I was quite impressed I’d managed to get some good quality images in a large crowd of people. The ‘High Rise’ gala was my most successful, I used a range of settings to get the best possible photos and these are the photos I obtained that had a shallow depth of field…

I think these images are my best use of shallow depth of field, the photos are so up close and personal that you can really see the emotion on his face. I love that in some you can see the figure of Sienna Guillory posing for pictures in the background, but she is not in focus.

The settings I used for this were:

Varying between f/5 or f/5.6 – ISO 1600 – 1/320 sec

Shallow Depth of Field -Entry 2

Shallow Depth of Field – Entry 1

The first shooting exercise given was for a list of numerous composition techniques, a tester to see how much we know and what we would capture in the small space of time. Taken around Cardiff, the images appear to be an attempt at shallow depth of field. I knew nothing about aperture this day or which settings worked best.

The settings used  were a mix of these:

  • f/10 – 1/100 sec – ISO 400
  • f/11 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800
  • f/11 – 1/100 sec – ISO 100
  • f/9 – 1/200 sec – ISO 800

I had only purchased my Nikon D3300 a week prior to this shoot, so I didn’t have much knowledge of the cameras settings. I switched between manual and auto-focus and these are the results I got. Although rather amateur they do have the desired effect of shallow depth of field to some extent.

Shallow Depth of Field – Entry 1