Step By Step #2: Simulating a Shallow Depth of Field / by John Clark

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There could be a variety of reasons why you might want to simulate a shallow depth of field (DOF) during post-processing. For example, you captured a great composition but in the excitement of the moment chose too wide an aperture. There is simply too much in focus! 

Another example would be someone like me who shoots with a Micro Four Thirds system. The small sensor in the camera gives a much wider depth of field compared to a full frame camera, and even stopping down can, on occasion, still create more DOF than the creative vision may call for. 

In this Step by Step tutorial I will show you how to use ON1 Photo RAW 2019 to make up in post-processing the shallow depth of field that you were unable to capture in the field. 

Though ON1 Photo RAW 2019 was the program I used for editing this tutorial, the basic process and steps should work in Lightroom®, Affinity and other software.

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Click Here if you would be interested in a free 30-day trial of ON1 Photo RAW 2019 to follow along this tutorial or to see how it might fit your personal workflow. 

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