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Did you ever wonder how those cool shots with just one area of the image in focus was accomplished? When I began in commercial photography, Ansel Adams was a big influence. His style was to have everything in focus from here to the moon, as seen in his photograph “Moonrise”. I even owned a Deardorf view camera like his. Even used one of the same lenses. Shooting at an f-stop of 90 was common. Well all that changed along the way. Now we see images with just one small area of the photograph in focus. In this tutorial we show one way to accomplish the task. It’s a technique called selective focus. We focus on one point and make everything else soft, meaning out of focus. Using our drafting tissue paper as a diffuser and the single clamp lamp as our light source we have an effective and affordable way to get this effect. At LearnMyShot.com we are looking for ways to make photography fun and inexpensive. So if you’re shooting a commercial assignment or something for your portfolio, give this technique a try you will use this approach often.
For more info on equipment used see: Photo and Grip Equipment for Clamp Lamp Studio