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52 Project: Selective Focus

This week’s topic in the pet photographer’s blog circle is “Selective Focus.”

Photographers, with the use of f-stops and focal lengths, have the power to decide if they want everything to be in focus or just select areas. This is usually what people have the most fun with when they graduate from a point-and-shoot camera to their first SLR camera.

In the photo below, you can see that Chubs is in focus, while the beach behind him is so blurry that you can’t even tell it’s a beach – it’s more of a distraction-free, neutral background.

Puggle dog, Chubs, at the Santa Monica beach

One practical use for selective focus is to convey the activity on the Santa Monica boardwalk without being too cluttered with information.

Puggle dog, Chubs, at the Santa Monica beach

Most often, a photographer will choose to have their subject in focus while keeping the background blurry…

Puggle dog, Chubs, at the Santa Monica beach with dad, Eric Ludwig and Citizen Bike folding bicycle

But, if your background is interesting, it can be fun to do the opposite!

Puggle dog, Chubs, at the Santa Monica beach with dad, Eric Ludwig and Citizen Bike folding bicycle

Now check out this week’s post from wonderful Boston pet photographer, Blue Amrich!

 

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Week 28 Selective Focus » My Blog - July 13, 2012 - 1:01 am

[…] up in the rotation is Sharon Hardy of  Sweet Potato Pet Photos in Los Angeles   and see what she focused on. Posted in dogs, Project […]

Kaylee Greer - July 13, 2012 - 8:56 am

Welcome to the blog ring! 🙂 What a great location! And Chubs is just too adorable!

Kelly - July 13, 2012 - 2:01 pm

Those are great examples of selective focus. What a cute little guy Chubs is.

Blue Amrich - July 13, 2012 - 3:44 pm

I love how abstract the background is in the first one. Chubs is a cutie!! And those last two are wonderful examples of selective focus.

Karen - July 13, 2012 - 4:44 pm

Chubs is such a cutie and such great examples of selective focus!

Beth - July 13, 2012 - 5:09 pm

I love that first shot! What a cutie pie!

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