Using a shallow DOF (Depth of Field)

With the abundance of cameras available, on our phones and our tablets, it’s nice to see what a difference using a real camera can make. The ability to set whatever aperture I like, combined with Canon’s razor-sharp optics, make every image pop off the page. There was a time when the introduction of digital SLR cameras was anathema to old school film shooters; these old pros saw the digital revolution as cheapening their product and this was true, to an extent. However, as the technology improved so did digital imagery, to the point where digital 35mm has surpassed 35mm film. There may come a time when smartphones and tablets come equipped with a camera that can rival the big DSLRs I use, but that day isn’t here yet (there is a new, 41 megapixel camera-phone out right now but remember, having a lot of megapixels means nothing without having an excellent image sensor behind it; it’s like putting hi-octane racing fuel into an old Ford Pinto). This image was made at Dorris Ranch in Springfield, Oregon. I was unaware of Dorris Ranch until this future bride-and-groom suggested it to me; now it’s in my Top 5 places to shoot in Eugene/Springfield!

Eugene and Springfield engagement and wedding photographer, Matt Emrich Photo

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