depth of field

noun phrase

: the range of distances of the object in front of an image-forming device (such as a camera lens) measured along the axis of the device throughout which the image has acceptable sharpness

Examples of depth of field in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lens has a low depth of field, whereas the axicon has a high depth of field. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Oct. 2023 On the other hand, Moment’s macro lens gives you a shallower depth of field and the advantage of the iPhone’s much better primary camera for sharper detail. Wes Davis, The Verge, 18 Sep. 2023 For one, a pinhole camera has an effectively infinite depth of field: everything in its field of view is in focus, regardless of how near or far any object is. IEEE Spectrum, 27 Aug. 2023 His dramatic compositions employ such gambits as silhouettes, reflections, tight close-ups, deep black or bright red backdrops, and narrow depth of field. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 22 June 2023 Rhythmic precision matters more than depth of field. Curbed, 22 June 2023 Rose/Copper: increases contrast; increases the depth of field and enhances detail. Rozalynn S. Frazier, Travel + Leisure, 12 July 2023 The photographer skillfully fixes the depth of field to emphasize his subjects’ faces while conveying their surroundings. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 23 June 2023 The greatest Mahler conductors match the composer’s depth of field, the ability to evoke a receding sonic panorama in all its complexity and haze. Vulture, 22 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of depth of field was in 1855

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“Depth of field.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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