depth of field

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A photo illustrating a shallow depth of field.
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depth of field (countable and uncountable, plural depths of field)

  1. In photography, the distance in front of and behind the subject that appears to be in focus.
    • 2013 July-August, Catherine Clabby, “Focus on Everything”, in American Scientist:
      Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny creatures with every part in focus. That’s because the lenses that are excellent at magnifying tiny subjects produce a narrow depth of field. A photo processing technique called focus stacking has changed that.


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