How To Separate Your Subject Without Relying on Narrow Depth of Field

With the increased availability of high-quality lenses with wide apertures, we have become quite obsessed with images that use a narrow depth of field to isolate the subject and blow the background to smithereens. And certainly, that can be a valid way of doing things, but there are many other great ways to draw attention to your subject, and this informative video tutorial will show you some of the best methods. 

Coming to you from Kebs Cayabyab, this excellent video discusses a range of different ways to isolate and draw attention to your subjects without relying on narrow depth of field. No doubt, using a super-wide aperture can produce good results, but on the other hand, it is such a common method that it can be hard to differentiate your work with it, and it can leave your images feeling a bit one-dimensional when your subject has no interaction with their environment. Beyond that, there are simply so many different variables you can leverage to your advantage to isolate your subject that it is really a disservice to your creativity to not explore them, as you might find a unique style hiding in those methods. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Cayabyab. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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