Given the nature of the recent weather, the non-stop grey cloud giving a flat featureless light which has plagued me over the past month, I decided to move indoors for this project.
I set up a white panel to try and bounce available light back into the shot and soften the shadows I also set up the flash to one side to provide a small amount of fill.
|Image 1 : 50mm f/1.4 1/40 ISO 100|
|Image 2 : 50mm f/1.4 1/50 ISO 100|
Image 2: I moved the point of focus to the middle sized dolls and this helped to isolate them amongst the others. However I found this less pleasing given the subject matter than the Image 1. I do feel though that if you need to isolate a person or an item within a central position in a frame this would be a good option.
|Image 3 : 50mm f/1.4 1/50 ISO 100|
Using a narrow Depth of Filed to isolate the main item in an image works well with static subjects. Using this technique to isolate foreground subjects and blurring the background works best. I would consider the best use would be to use this in portraiture, particularly to isolate the subject from a distracting background.