Mastering Depth of Field in Bryce 5.0

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A comprehensive guild to creating, using and mastering the art of Depth of Field for Bryce 5.0


Dash101 on 4:16PM Tue, 15 April 2003

Depth of Field - Introduction



Welcome to Dash101s guide to mastering Depth of Field. This guide has been designed as a tool to help you better understand Depth of Field and how to use it in your images/animations/creations.

Before I began doing any animation, I had been working in motion pictures for 7 years. Manual Photography was a hobbie of mine which I had also done for many years. So the process of Depth of Feild is nothing new to me.

Anyways, this guide will, hopefully, be an entertaining and easy to read manual on utilizing DOF in your images.
But before we get to that, we need to go over definitions so that you fully understand what Depth of Field (commonly referred to as DOF) is. Lets walk through it together

Tutorial Comments


Furyo  1:58PM Sat, 11 October 2003

Very helpful tutorial, and awsome work in your gallery! Keep it up, I know your work will always be good!

silver_imperium  5:13AM Fri, 04 July 2003

thanks!! all my questions in DOF are solved.

Papu  6:02PM Tue, 10 June 2003

Interesting read. Thank you Dash101 :)

Dash101  11:54PM Mon, 09 June 2003

Alleycat, ... Your very right about the lens charts and preview screens. But I was making the point (perhaps not as clearly as I should have) that there is faar more total control in Bryce then in cinematography. Far too many times, we've composed a shot and due to nature or other forces beyond our power, the shots have turned out not as they were in lens. But your right, you can see the DOF effect while shooting :)

slinger  9:05PM Mon, 09 June 2003

Thanks for the tut. DOF has bugged me for a while now, and I usually end up simulating it in 'shop...now I can try it in Bryce. Wouldn't it be great if Corel incorporated an "SLR" type interface in Bryce for this...swappable lenses, that sorta thing, with a low-res test render facility? *lol* Now you know why a lot of my images are in the fantasty genre.

Mivan  5:34PM Mon, 09 June 2003

A very interesting tutorial on dof for this formally trained photographer/brycer/vue d espriter. I wonder if the lens diameter in bryce corresponds to aperture size, i.e., the smaller the aperture, the greater the dof? Perhaps whilst vue is rendering I shall venture off to bryce and find out...........

Alleycat169  5:16PM Mon, 09 June 2003

"We filmmakers and photographers have to really have a much more in depth knowledge of the equipment and settings… Cause frankly, there is no preview screen when shooting film. (And no, video playback does not count..) And mistakes are costly." Great tutorial, but I would take exception to this statement. I've been a Cameraman and Photographer for over twenty three years, and an Assistant Cameraman for fourteen of those. You absolutely CAN and DO see the DOF effect while shooting, AND in video playback as well. Even on a still camera there is a preview button for checking the DOF effect. There is even a formula to calculate it, lens charts to pinpoint it to the inch, as well as the naked eye for "eyeballing" it. I've done extensive Bryce5 DOF renders and found it to be much more labor intensive than creating the effect in Film/Video/or Still Photography.

TheVelvetFoxx  4:56PM Mon, 09 June 2003

Ditto the above! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

woodhurst  3:38PM Mon, 09 June 2003

an awesome tutorial, im sure alot of people will find this useful---thanks!!!

treemont  10:59PM Thu, 24 April 2003

Nice tut Alex! Thanks for taking your time and doing it!

hindemith  2:03PM Thu, 17 April 2003

Very EXCELLENT Tutorial Dash. Thank you SOO MUCH! Really easy to follow and read. Very insightfull. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

hindemith  2:03PM Thu, 17 April 2003

Very EXCELLENT Tutorial Dash. Thank you SOO MUCH! Really easy to follow and read. Very insightfull. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!