We all know that depth of field (DOF) plays an integral part in any image we are trying to capture. This can present particular challenges even under the best of circumstances. The term depth of field refers to the area in front of, and behind the point on which focus is set that can be rendered in sharp focus.The overall goal is to render sharpness in as much of the image as possible.
Here are some challenges / conditions that can be difficult to overcome..
…low light focusing
…architectural elements in which shadows are cast
…macro shots, these are just a few, but seem to plaque photographers most.
There are several factor to consider when dealing with DOF.
… aperture value, and magnification
… focal length
… subject distance
… image size
… viewing distance
… and visual acuity..
Setting a larger F-stop (which actually means a smaller aperture opening) will result in a larger DOF. Using longer focal lengths will result in a smaller DOF. This by itself can create an entire list of technical challenges under the conditions mentioned above.
I don’t believe there is any easy way to correct for DOF, with today’s cameras and focusing abilities we are left with most images being altered via post processing, stacking, and cropping. The best solutions are usually trial and error which means shooting over and over until you are satisfied with the results.
If you have any tips/tricks for DOF and get good results, Please feel free to add them to this post.. I would be interested in reading and hearing what others do about DOF under these conditions.