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How to Isolates your subjects?

It always looks amazing when you draw attention to a single element of the image and isolate the subject nicely.

You can use the isolating technique in different creative ways. Here are a few pointers on how to get started “on creating an isolated look”.

  • Look for subjects which have distance between them and the background
  • Use the lowest F-number available on your lens
  • Lights in the background give a nice background bokeh (blur)
  • Steady the camera or use high shutterspeeds

If you’re unsure on depth of field check out my explanation here (I use my collection of cars as subjects).

Here are a few photos to show you what it would look like if you truly crack the look.

Photo shot with Canon 5d MK2 with a Canon 50mm 1.8 @1.8

Exhibition Catalog | Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence – http://www.splicedesigngroup.com

Photo shot with Canon 5d MK2 with a Canon 50mm 1.4 @1.4

1.4 fullframe-7260
Birmingham Library Book Trolly

Photo shot with Canon 5d MK2 with a Canon 50mm 1.4 @1.4

BPYC Birmingham Mela Event 2014


How to get Depth of Field in your photo?

Here I will cover the basics of depth of field and background photo blur. It’s something that can take a while to get your head around. I may do a more in depth explanation or a video at some point.

Depth of field refers to a part of the image which remains sharp while the remainder is out of focus (blurred out). You use selective focus to make parts of a photo stand out by changing the aperture and increasing your image’s depth of field.

Left: Blue Maserati Coupe, Silver Nissan GTR, White BMW M1, Red Dodge Viper Convertible, 50p for scale

Your camera will only focus its lens at a single point when taking a photo. I’ve used some of my cars to help give you a visual aide to support my explanation.

In the below sample my red Viper is the “depth of field” because it is sharp compared to the background cars, which are both nicely blurred out.


It always looks and feels different depending on your type of camera, aperture and focusing distance. There are generally two fields of view:

  • Shallow (where only a narrow zone appears sharp)
  • Deep (where more of the picture appears sharp)

Below is a set of photos shot at different apertures; it should help give you an idea of how the f-number affects the depth of field in the photo.