DOF (a.k.a. Depth of Field) Preview button is one of the most under-utilised tool on a DSLR camera. Not many people know about it, not many people know where it is while the rest do not know what is the function of it.
It is located in front of your camera where you hold the camera with your left hand. As you can see, there are ‘built-in flash’ button and ‘lens release’ button. The ‘DOF Preview’ button is placed right below the ‘lens release’ button, conveniently around your thumb’s resting area.
This button allows you to see how your shot will look like in the viewfinder – particularly the Depth of Field. You will be able to see how much of your subject in the image is in focus or how big is the area of focus of the subject in the image. It is particularly useful when you are messing around with your prime lens so you could get good bokeh shot that you always intended to.
When you press the button, the viewfinder will be darker than usual. Be not afraid as this is usually the case as it shows you the actual DOF based on the aperture you set, which in turn will be in final shot. However, DOF Preview performs at its optimum rate during broad daylight, i.e. sufficient amount of light, as it clearly defines the darker and brighter spot. You will not see any difference if you use it at low light situation.
Moreover, there are other uses for this button which could be found from this website.
So, start using DOF and see the difference it makes.
It is this time of the year whereby those who celebrate Chinese New Year will be running around doing visits from one house to another. Let it be relatives’ house or friends, it is the ‘thing’ to do during this festive season. You get to eat tons of cookies, mandarin oranges and drink gallons of packet drinks, beers, whisky and wines. Best of all, you get to collect ang pows (or red packets) from your relatives or married ones.
However, I took a different approach this year. Instead of doing visits, I decided to stay at home and rest. Instead of going relatives’ house, I decided to have an easy life for a week. I took an addition of 3 days off right after the Chinese New Year. Theoretically, I got 1 week off including the Chinese New Year holidays. My friends have been cursing me because of my so-called long holidays. *evil laughter*
Well, part of the reason I took these annual leaves is to clear my annual leaves before my employment contract expires (14th March 2008). And the remaining reason is for me to really rest at home and to do some errands. I managed to get the fat car fixed (after what it did to me during Chinese New Year’s Eve) and get my Nokia N95 slider fixed. They (Nokia Care) replaced the faulty one with a new slider. It is pretty tight right now during sliding motion. Besides, I went to an opening ceremony of a new company which will be under my friend’s management in Damansara Perdana.
Taken using Nokia N73
On top of that, I get to have my precious sleep (literally) and consumed delicious foods that I have been craving for a long time. Besides, I get to spend more time with my camera, managed to increase the shutter count and get to know my 50mm lens more. But of course, all of these comes with a price, that is the laziness to go back to work and the extra weight that I gained over a week. Oh well, for me, it is well worth it..
So, what did you do during Chinese New Year?