Storytelling with Shallow Depth of Field
The introduction of the Canon 5D MII brought super shallow depth of field to the masses. Which in turn has led us all to associate super shallow focus with low- or no-budget student films, low-light wedding receptions, and church highlight videos. Not to mention the shot of the lone hand raise during worship. But if you’ve seen The Handmaid’s Tale, you’ve seen the effect used in a way that actually serves the story. Check out this case study from The Nerdwriter on using shallow depth of field as a visual language and not just a way to achieve a low-budget cinematic look.