Posted on February 1, 2015
Using a long telephoto lens, in this case a Canon 70-200 mm f2.8, with a shallow depth of field (meaning only a small part of the image is in focus), is a great way to isolate your subjects. In this photo of Chelsea and Alex, at their wedding in Bend, I wanted to focus on the couple as they walked hand in hand as husband and wife for the first time; I also wanted to include the venue but didn’t want the couple to get ‘lost’ in the photo by having everything else in focus. By shooting at f2.8 I was able to bring Alex and Chelsea into clear focus and blur out everything else. Having a blurred foreground and background really draws your eyes to the couple. Also, I didn’t put them in the center of the frame, opting instead to position them at the left which gives them ‘somewhere to go’ in the image (since they’re walking to their right).