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Chapter 12. PHOTOREALISTIC COMPOSITING > ENHANCING FOCUS AND ATMOSPHERE

ENHANCING FOCUS AND ATMOSPHERE

When looking at the real world, our eyes can only focus on one image plane at a time, making whatever we're not looking at the moment soft and diffuse. When we photograph with small apertures, entire scenes can be in focus from front to back, as illustrated in Chapter 11. Although this is often quite effective, it can be just as effective to soften image areas to insinuate a shallower depth of field. By defocusing image areas, you are also making them less interesting for your viewer and they will therefore look at the more important image areas. In the following section, you will learn to add depth of field, image softness, and fog to enhance photographs.

Enhancing Depth of Field

Enhancing the depth of field is an ideal method for diminishing distracting or unimportant backgrounds. In the original photograph of the baseball player in figure 12.38, the busy background draws the attention away from the player at bat. In the edited image (figure 12.39), the player is fully in focus and the background is a mere memory. Here's how to do it:


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