Text of Chapter 4: Cameras and Photography Depth of Field –Circle of Confusion –Effect of aperture...
Chapter 4: Cameras and Photography Depth of Field Circle of Confusion Effect of aperture Apertures F-stop Area Depth of field Exposure Shutter speed Balancing f-stop and shutter speed Lens types Telephoto Wide-angle
Depth of Field depth of field size of acceptable blur It is a measure of how far apart two objects can be and still both be in reasonable focus on the film
Depth of Field The circle of confusion is because instead of focusing to a single point, single points on the object appear on the sensor as circles or disks of light, which overlap, resulting in blur.
Depth of Field Here we can see how the circle of confusion is reduced for a smaller aperture lens. This translates to a longer depth of field.
Focus: Circle of Confusion increasing depth, increasing blur (circle of confusion)
Controlling Light: Aperture We saw how changing the diameter of the lens can affect the depth of field of a lens. Its not practical to change the diameter of the lens itself, so we change a mask in front of the lens. This is called the iris, diaphragm, or aperture of the camera lens assembly
Iris and Pupil: The Human Eye
Aperture: Camera Iris In a camera lens, a set of overlapping leaves rotate to change the diameter of an inner open space. This allows the camera to smoothly adjust the open space while keeping it roughly circular.
Aperture: F-stop You will see this aperture listed as an f-stop or f-number This is defined as the focal length of the lens (f) divided by the diameter of the lens (d) f-number = f/d
Clicker Questions 40 mm focal length lens at full aperture of diameter d = 10 mm 40 mm focal length lens with aperture of diameter d = 5 mm 105 What is the f-number (f-stop) of a 40 mm focal length lens at a full aperture, diameter d=10 mm? A.f/2 B.f/4 C.f/6 D.f/8 E.f/10 What if we stop down the aperture to 5 mm? (same focal length) f-number = f/d =40mm/10mm f-number = f/4 f-number = f/d =40mm/5mm f-number = f/8 f-number = f/d
Practice Problems 1.The volume, V, of a spherical balloon is proportional to its diameter, d, cubed: V d 3 If the diameter is doubled by how much does the volume change? a)a factor of 2 b)a factor of 4 c)a factor of 6 d)a factor of 8 Answer: (2d) 3 = 2 3 d 3 = 8d 3, so the answer is a factor of 8 2.The diameter of a circle is proportional to the square root of its area d A If the area is made 4 times larger, by what factor is the diameter increased? a) 2b) 2c) 4 Ans: (4A) = 4A = 2A
F-stop and Area
F-stop and Area f/22 f/16 f/11 f/8 f/5.6 f/4 f/2.8 f/2 f/1.4 Smaller f-stops This is why f-stops have such weird looking numbers Each f-stop down the list (the circles are not to scale) has a diameter, d, larger by factor 2 than the previous stop 2 is approximately 1.4 has an aperture area ( d 2 ) larger by factor 2 Lets in twice the light
F-Number and Depth of Field Why might we want to adjust the aperture of our lens? There are cases when it is just too bright, and you have to reduce the light coming into the camera There are also artistic reasons for adjusting the f-number.
Depth of Field Comparison f/32f/5.6 large f-stop, small aperture, large depth of field small f-stop, large aperture, short depth of field
Controlling Light: Shutter Speed There is a second way that we can control the amount of light that hits the film or CCD sensor All cameras have a shutter that allows light to hit the film or sensor for a controlled amount of time This amount of time is called the shutter speed or exposure time Just like f-stop, there are both practical and aesthetic reasons for adjusting the shutter speed.
Shutter Speed 1/15 sec 1/30 sec 1/60 sec 1/125 sec 1/250 sec 1/500 sec 1/1000 sec 1/2000 sec Faster speeds, better able to stop (freeze) fast motion but gives darker image
Shutter Speed Comparison 1/13 sec 1 sec
Fast Shutter Speed 1/800 sec
Intermediate Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed and F-stop You can adjust the light hitting the film in two ways, the shutter speed and the f-stop. Choosing values for each is a matter of both practical concerns and aesthetics. There will be combinations that are just not possible in certain lighting conditions. For example, you cant take a large depth of field (requires small aperture) of a fast moving object (requires fast shutter speed) in low light conditions.
Speed and F-stop Combinations 1/8 sec 1/15 sec 1/30 sec 1/60 sec 1/125 sec 1/250 sec 1/500 sec 1/1000 sec 1/2000 sec f/22 f/16 f/11 f/8 f/5.6 f/4 f/2.8 f/2 f/1.4 Smaller f-stops Each step is twice the area (twice the light) of the previous one Faster speeds Each step is twice as fast (half the light) as the previous one Large depth of field Fast action Shallow depth of field Slow action
Too Dark? Shift the pairs 1/8 sec 1/15 sec 1/30 sec 1/60 sec 1/125 sec 1/250 sec 1/500 sec 1/1000 sec 1/2000 sec f/22 f/16 f/11 f/8 f/5.6 f/4 f/2.8 f/2 f/1.4 Smaller f-stops Each step is twice the area (twice the light) of the previous one Faster speeds Each step is twice as fast (half the light) as the previous one Large depth of field Fast action Shallow depth of field Slow action
Clicker Question What might limit your ability to take a short depth of field (small f-stop, larger aperture) photograph on a bright sunny day? A.Lens cant focus B.Your camera has an upper limit on how fast it can open and close the shutter C.The object is moving too fast
Lenses focus ring aperture adjustment Indicates approximate depth of field for range of f-stops
Zoom Lens: 80-210 mm Focal Length These sets of lenses move with respect to one another to both change the focal length and to focus the object onto the film or sensor
Telephoto Lenses Telephoto lenses are used to take pictures of distant objects, and make a big image of a small portion of the scene. We know that distant objects are imaged approximately at the focal point of the lens. What does this mean about the focal length of telephoto lenses?
Telephoto Lenses Because the image will focus at the focal point of the lens, the longer the focal length, the larger the image. In general, telephoto lenses have a long focal length focal length of lens
Telephoto Lenses One way to remember that telephoto lenses have a long focal length is to think of the enormous lenses used by the paparazzi! Because a telephoto lens enlarges a small portion of a large scene, it has a very small angle of view
Canon EF500mm f/4.5L This is a fixed focal length (500mm) telephoto lens. Notice how much simpler it is without an adjustable zoom! Focusing is easier because with a telephoto you can assume that the objects are at infinity.
Wide-Angle Lens The opposite effect is achieved by a lens with a very short focal length, called a wide-angle lens These are often called fish-eye lenses
Nikon 14-24mm Wide-Angle Lens This lens has optics both to focus and to change the focal length.
Canon EF14mm f/2.8L This is a fixed focal length (14mm) ultra wide-angle lens. This is more complex than the telephoto because it has to have focusing optics, because you might want to take a wide-angle photo of things at different distances.