Unit submissions and planned submissions by NYIP Student Bruce Warner for assignments by Unit

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Photo 2 - Close up with Selective Focus

Photo 2 - The Tour Guide

I took a Segway Tour of the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC to get an idea of what I might be able to shoot. This is what I took while on the tour. This is Tyler with Capital Segway.

Photograph a subject close up, using selective focus to make your subject stand out. Your subject can be a person, animal, or object. Whatever you choose as your subject, it should fill most of the frame, but some of the background should also be visible.


In this picture we want you to use selective focus to achieve a narrow depth of field, so that the subject is in sharp focus and the background is thrown out of focus. Try to choose a location in which the background is busy and would be distracting if it were in focus.


If you cannot control aperture on your camera but can choose a "mode," use the "Portrait" mode since this usually has the narrowest depth of field. If you can't select mode either, then get in close to your subject. If your camera is an "autofocus" model, the closer you are to the subject, the narrower the depth of field.


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