Red-winged Blackbird I, 2011
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Artistically, I most admire photos with a shallow depth of field. The focal point of the composition pops because visual background noise has been minimized. When I get the depth of field right, my photos look more professional.
Here, I got lucky using my auto settings. At the time, I hadn’t learned how to consciously use depth of field to my advantage. Now, I keep my digital camera set to Aperture Priority so I can change the f-stop settings on the fly. Occasionally, I even bracket several shots, using different f-stops to help get the shot I’m looking for.