Photography Tips: Selective Focus

Selective focus is a technique used to draw the viewer's attention to a specific subject in an image. While commonly employed by macro photographers, it is also effectively applied to other genres. A subject in sharp focus surrounded by a blur is considered selective focus. This can be achieved in-camera by shooting with a lens that offers wide apertures which yield a shallow depth of field (DOF). I often shoot with an aperture, or f-stop, of 3.5 on my Canon 100mm 2.8L IS macro and 4.0 with my Canon 180mm f3.5L macro. However, one can achieve selective focus on much smaller apertures (see the Orchid image below). The circumstances of a given setting ultimately dictate the f-stop that I choos

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