Focus. This week’s challenge is inspired by Matthew George’s post on focus, in which he introduced us to the basics of…

Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Focus. This week’s challenge is inspired by Matthew George’s post on focus, in which he introduced us to the basics of depth of field and aperture. He explained what an image with a shallow depth of field looks like (or conversely, a photo with a greater depth of field), and how the aperture setting on your camera affects it.

Below, we’ve displayed the same shot above from Oxford, England, but with a greater depth of field and sharp focus within the entire frame, from foreground to background. In this version, you can clearly see the alleyway to The Bear, one of the oldest pubs in town:

Oxford-great DOF

In contrast, the focal point of the very top shot is in the foreground (bottom right) of the image, from where the yellow lines originate.

For this challenge, get out there and take a picture demonstrating the concept of focus. Depending on your skill level or type of camera, tinker with the manual settings, use the auto focus feature, or play around with an app. Some ideas:

  • Snap a photo of something or someone in focus, against a blurred background.
  • Share a panorama or landscape in sharp focus, in which you can see details far away.
  • Use a camera app to force focus (or blur) in an experimental way.
  • Take multiple photos of the same scene or subject using different aperture settings and publishing the results.


cheri lucasWe look forward to seeing what you come up with and will include some of our favorite shots from the month’s most popular photo challenge in our new newsletter, so don’t forget to sign up.

— Cheri

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  1. I usually use Focus for my pictures taken with my photophone. But in this challenge, the goal is to use the focus and the blur effect…. Very easy with a photophone made for close subjects. But not so easy to find a good one.


  2. If your weekly photo challenge resulted in somebody receiving recognition for a job well done, I might participate. I don’t like being presented with challenges that offer no incentive or reward. Just my 2 cents.


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