Understanding Depth of Field: National Geographic Photography

Produced in Partnership With National Geographic

Want to shoot photos that pop? Professionals expertly blur areas of the photo in order to help their subject stand out. The trick here is to not default to a single aperture setting for every picture you take.

Instead, experiment with your camera’s aperture setting to see what you can come up with. You’ll find that narrow apertures, above all, come in handy when you want to highlight great depth of field.

Watch the video below for a more in-depth explanation about framing an interesting shot, hosted by National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore.

The Fundamentals of Photography by The Great Courses and National GeographicThis helpful tip is just one of hundreds of techniques found in the course Fundamentals of Photography, available to stream now on The Great Courses Plus.