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    Thomas Struth and depth of field

    I was looking at Thomas Struth's work and was amazed at the intense level of sharpness across the entire frame. How does he achieve such amazing depth of field? Even shooting indoors under subdued light, he manages to keep everything in focus. Thoughts?

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    Re: Thomas Struth and depth of field

    He might have used a high resolution digital back with a much shorter focal length than on his 8x10".

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    Re: Thomas Struth and depth of field

    According to his website, the San Zaccaria photo was made in 1995, so I doubt he used a high resolution back...

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    Re: Thomas Struth and depth of field

    Very small aperture, or focus-stacking.

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    Re: Thomas Struth and depth of field

    There is only one way...small aperture. Format size is not by itself a factor but exposure times can get very long for large formats at the small apertures required.
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    Re: Thomas Struth and depth of field

    Also, he is lighting the spaces he's photographing. The museum photos were lit with up to 15 flash heads. Must be nice to be able to get that kind of access... Yes, I'm envious!
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    Re: Thomas Struth and depth of field

    Take this photograph taken at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin:

    http://content.ngv.vic.gov.au/col-im...PUB000376/1280

    I don't think he is using any external lights. The figures are in focus with no motion blur (except for 1) and there is enough DOF for the back wall to be in focus.

    What kind of sorcery is this?!

    Or this photograph:

    http://www.thebroad.org/sites/defaul...audience_4.jpg

    no additional lights, a fast enough shutter to freeze most of the subjects and plenty dof.

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    Re: Thomas Struth and depth of field

    I shoot mostly architecture and use this method to select the best aperture:

    http://www.largeformatphotography.info/fstop.html

    The minimum aperture I end up with is usually F22. Very rarely do I even use F16. This works fine when shooting architecture outdoors but it becomes much more challenging indoors.

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    Re: Thomas Struth and depth of field

    Pergamon Museum in Berlin...looks like models to me. Wouldn't have to worry much about motion blur.

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    Re: Thomas Struth and depth of field

    And, I googled...they are all models: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/essay/tho...eum-iv-berlin/

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