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Contest: Shallow Depth of Field

Jan 07

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This Week’s Contest

The theme for this week is shallow depth of field, so make sure to submit your images shot at a wide aperture. The Canon 50mm f/1.8 and Nikon 50mm f/1.8 are both amazing and inexpensive lenses for creating out of focus backgrounds.

Try experimenting with out of focus elements in the foreground of your images to add interest!

Last Contest Winners

Big congratulations to Georgia Wiggs, Kevin Solis, Maryanne Gobble, Phillipe Maurice, Roberto Galvan, and Simon Dein for winning our contest on coloring images in Photoshop! Contact us to choose your free Phlearn PRO.

Roberto GalvanSimon Dein

Maryanne GobblePhillipe Maurice

Kevin SolisGeorgia Wiggs
Contest Guidelines:

How to Enter
Simply add your image to a comment below. Please only submit one image each week. You're submitting images to be edited, so don't do too much Photoshop beforehand. We want to teach not just how, but why edits are being made.

How to Win
The person who best exemplifies the contest theme will be the winner. If two entries are close, the amount of likes, comments, and a great description will be the deciding factor. Winners are chosen by the Phlearn team.

By submitting images, you give Phlearn LLC the right to digitally alter your image and display on, and use your image and any resulting derivatives to promote We reserve the right to change the rules whenever we want.

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  • Noel Bass

    Thanks Sarah, I was happy when I saw this shot. The couple was one of the coolest I’ve ever worked for so that keeps this image special in my mind.

  • Noel Bass

    Nicely done : )

  • AT Imagery

    Kept getting a “trouble” error, so here’s a link:

    24mm 2.8 (Canon 24-70 2.8L)

  • Mohammed Ismail

    Thanks Sarah :) Appreciate the comment!

  • Sarah Place

    Thank you :)

  • Sarah Place

    The tones and light are beautiful in this, and the bokeh is extraordinary!

  • Karim Arsad

    this was shot with my 70-200 F4 handheld in the parc “Tuileries” in Paris.

  • Lindsey


  • Mohammed Ismail

    Wonderful work Noel :)

  • Istra Tec

    Tea Time

  • Bill H

    This is awesome.

  • Bill H


  • Abhijeet Ghosh

    beautiful photograph !

  • Abhijeet Ghosh

    thank you Bill H :)

  • Mladin Sabina

    Canon 50mm

  • Guest

    Shot with a 50mm 1.8
    Full res at

  • Dev Ambardekar

    Shot with my 50mm 1.8

    Full res –

  • Dev Ambardekar

    50mm 1.8

  • Guest

    Shot with a D5100 and Vivitar 28mm 1.9 manual lens. It is very soft wide open but creates a crazy bokeh.

    For more of our work wisit our website or

  • Guest

    I’ve only really started photography but i thought this wasn’t bad!

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