As referenced in a previous post, I bought a new camera (pictured above) and signed up for a photography class. The class is 6 hours every Saturday for 4 weeks.
The first class was just chock full of information with the main topic being: Depth of Field (Basically, are things in front of and in back of your subject in focus, do you want them to be?).
What I noticed, really, is that my own personal depth of focus is pretty narrow... meaning, my attention span has definitely decreased since the last time I was in any kind of school situation. Vocabulary words were just flying by me (things like aperture, f-stop, ISO). The only thing I had focused on when setting up my camera was auto (as in auto focus, auto white balance, auto everything). The first thing we did in class was set everything to manual... scary! By 2pm I was ready for a nap!
Anyway, I did my homework as diligently as I had always done in school. The homework assignment was (on all manual settings), to choose 5 subjects (from a list) and do a Depth of Field Study using existing light sources only (no flash) on the lowest f-stop setting and highest f-stop setting available with the lens were were using, adjusting shutter speed as needed (for light).
Two of my subjects were Garden (i.e., roma tomatoes from our garden) and Feet. I have included the photos here.
Example of Wide Depth of Field,
everything is in focus, even the trees way over
in Rex's yard
Narrow Depth of Field, pretty much just the
tomatoes and part of the table on the same plane
as the tomatoes are in focus