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  • Friday , 4 December 2020


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In this latest episode of Neighbourhood Photographer, Ray Scott explains what depth of field is and different ways to use it in order to make your photography more creative. DOF can sometimes be difficult to comprehend especially since many people try to explain it with intricate mathematical equations. Ray describes it as simply as possible using “real world” examples. No rulers and slide rules here, just up front ideas on what it is and how to use it to better your photographic endeavours. Whether shooting outdoors or indoors, landscapes or macro, depth of field is a really important aspect of photography to understand.

Getting off the auto setting on your camera and using either aperture priority…AV…or manual mode will allow all photographers to take advantage of depth of field manipulation.

When in studio or in the field Ray uses Canon gear. This is a choice he made years ago knowing that he was buying into a system that he could grow into. His go to camera is the Canon EOS 6D with the second camera being a Canon 5D. Lenses used are all L series f/4 except for the 50mm macro with extender. 16-35mm f/4L, 24-105mm f/4L, and 70-200mm f/4L round out the kit which is carried about with either a Lowepro Urban Reporter 250 messenger bag for city shooting or a Lowepro Sling Bag for landscape field work. While Ray does more camera handholding than before due to the image stabilization capabilities of his various lenses, he still is a believer in using his Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod. It’s light and it is sturdy.

Ray is a firm believer in exposing himself to as much photography and its history as possible. By looking at other people’s photos, he has gained a big appreciation of what this medium has to offer. Ray doesn’t think that “copying” someone else’s style is a good thing but rather feels that exposing oneself to others work can work as a teaching and inspirational tool. With this in mind, Ray has amassed a list of favorite photographers that he uses for inspiration. Some of these artistic photographers are Galen Rowell, Ansel Adams, Frans Lanting, Annie Leibovitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Freeman Patterson, William Neill and Richard Avedon.

One of the playlists on this channel is called “neighbourhood photographer” which covers tutorials shot in urban and suburban areas. It’s always a challenge to see different things of interest when you’ve been to an area many times yet this is the best way to create good images. You need to return to familiar locations many times. To do so, Ray often drives by car to an area but when he really wants to cover ground yet see things more clearly, he uses his bicycle…bike…and explores the given place.

Whether shooting landscape, macro, portrait or abstract images, Ray always tries to be aware of his surroundings to capture the best pictures possible. Part of this workflow means he is very aware of composition and uses various tips, such as the rule of thirds, as a good starting point in composing. He also likes to break rules from time to time to add new effects to his photos. Being aware of angles, shadows, shapes, lines, textures, patterns and colours goes a long way to making good pictures. He is also a big believer in “getting out there” and shooting as much as possible as it is the only way to improve and flex one’s imagination. His message is it doesn’t matter if you do your photography in the city, suburbs country, mountains or by the sea, just make sure you do it and follow your artistic passion.

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  1. alborada777
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    Thanks for the concise and clear explanation…

  2. Eric George
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    What a great tutorial, thank you.

  3. Adolfo Usier
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    You've got a new subscriber👏🏻

  4. Zeljko Ozegovic
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    01:20 Always remember this three things:
    1) Aperture,
    2) Distance from subject,
    3) Focal lenght.
    Great explanation for beginners.

  5. Miss Ty
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    Wow! This is so awesome! I love photography. Thanks for sharing.😊

  6. Falklands Falklands
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    yeah man that intro was cool hope to learn more from your videos

  7. X O
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    Great video 👍🏼

  8. Marian Pierre-Louis
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    Love your videos Ray! I'm slowly working my way through all of them!

  9. Patricia Alexander-Johnson
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    You are awesome. I am so glad I found your channel. I have learned so much from you. Thank you and please continue making videos.

  10. morosso
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    perfectly and easily explained, loud and clear. thank you.

  11. Christine Pritchett
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    What kind of lens did you use to get this effect

  12. yujin landscape photography.
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    Good a day l📷👍

  13. yujin landscape photography.
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    very nice, Ray. Thank!

  14. *SpoonyDawg*
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    that intro was freaking awesome !!!… picture says a thousand words… i get it… wow…. more,,, more,,,, more !!!

  15. Alister Potter
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    Did you change the iso and or shutter speed while changing the aperture?

  16. Robert Walker
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    So, using a 50mm 1.8g lens, on a DX Camera, how much distance would I need between Camera and Portrait subject, to create a nice out of focus background behind my subject? I am not understanding how to judge the proper distances.

  17. Jackie Connell
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    great video ray,but using a 50mm1.8d lens with a aperture as low as f1.8 and shooting in A MODE,i have yet to get dof,no doubt its difficult to learn,and in time i will master it ,dof and night photography are two that are hard to learn for beginners like me.

  18. Jackie Connell
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    nice one.

  19. Tutaj Teraz
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    Thanks fir all your videos, they're great and very useful.

  20. David Darling
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    sir what have do to better in mannul mode &high quality picture

  21. Ignatius John
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    Thanks Ray for the clear explanation. Also, I really enjoy your closing phrase!

  22. Robin Pattie
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    Thanks ray now I understand why when I took a picture of my wife holding a owl at 3,5 feet at70mm at f8  she was soft but the owl was sharp I needed to take a couple of  steps back or go to f11

  23. Daniel Sanchez
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    Thanks for breaking down DOF, was having trouble understanding but I think I got. Will come back and watch again

  24. Nigel Fehler
    May 8, 2020 at 18:57

    Hey Ray, really getting to like your tutorial videos. I have just subscribed so will be back to see more. Great stuff… !

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