nowing how to control the depth of field for an image allows photographers to shape the mood, emphasis, and other artistic elements of their photographs. And, if you’ve ever wondered how to do that—how to manage depth of field, the following tutorial is for you! Learn how to control depth of field in three, distinct ways.


Moving away from the subject puts more of the scene in focus while moving closer to the subject creates a shallower depth of field.

TIP 1: This is a great option for cameras without an adjustable aperture (like our iPhones).

TIP 2: When striving for a shallow depth of field, consider moving closer to your subject and moving your subject away from their

The smaller the aperture, the greater the depth of field and the more of the scene that’s in focus.

Larger aperture numbers = smaller aperture openings
Smaller aperture openings = greater depth of field
To adjust the aperture, please refer to your camera’s manual. In general however, there are often two options to choose from: Aperture Priority Mode (A or Av) and Manual Mode. Then, it’s typically a matter of adjusting the aperture setting with either a dial or menu option.

TIP: I’ve found that different camera systems are subject to different sorts of flaws (or aberrations). Therefore, it may be best (depending on your lens/camera) to set the aperture within one or two points (or stops) of wide open or stopped down. For example, you may find that f/4 or f/4.5 are better than f/3 and that f/20 or f/18 are better than f/22.

To get more of the scene in focus, go with a shorter focal length (i.e., a wide angle). For less focus and more blur, go with a lens that has a longer focal length.