very dire depth of field


I was trying out a new lens on one of my favorite models and produced this demonstration of one of the classic photographic problems of dog portraiture– depth of field so narrow that the dog’s eyes are in focus but not his nose or ears.

The dire corgi reminds us that his face is not flat like a silly human’s.  We all wish we had a fine snout and impressive ears like his.  And we should remember that depth of field increases with distance to the subject and stop down a bit when taking his picture in close quarters indoors.

(F/2.8 is too large at this range– f/4 or f/4.5 might have gotten all of him in focus.)

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