All images tell a story. But it isn't always the story we want to tell.
Selective focus is a simple but powerful technique that can help you control the narrative by managing which part of your image stands out and which part doesn't. And with that, the story behind your images becomes clearer.
The selective focus technique uses a shallow depth of field to focus and emphasize a particular part of a scene. The rest of the scene falls out of focus and fades away into the background.
The overall effect visually separates your subject from whatever is around it, allowing it to stand out from those surroundings as it imparts a sense of depth and dimension.
But–and this is very important–when we are talk about using selective focus in story telling, it's about more than just blurring the background. Because, with this technique, the background is an integral part of the story. Even though it's blurred, the background adds to the narrative.
Selective focus let's the subject's story be told in the context of its surroundings.
To understand what I'm talking about, check out the two videos below.
The first is from photographer Emanuele “Manny” Pontoriero. In it, he explains how he uses selective focus to capture unforgettable images.
The second video features Mark Wallace. He shows us how he uses selective focus to tell stories from the street of Vietnam.
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It's that time of year again! Time for holiday fun and family gatherings.
And it's a great time to capture your family in a group portrait.
Here are some tips for shooting a great group photo:
One of the biggest new enhancements in the latest version of both Lightroom and ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) is the addition of Luminance and Color range masking.
Range masking allows you to limit the area of your image that is affected by local adjustments based on a range of colors or tones within your image. And, best of all, the masking is totally non-destructive and re-editable.