Tips on The Canon 85mm 1.2 and Shallow Depth of Field from Jake Olson


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Jake says:

“These images were taken as part of Senior Sessions from the class of 2014.”

Jake’s Photography Tip:

Using the Canon 85mm L II 1.2 is very tricky. On all of these sessions I had to take at least 2000 shots and then sort through them all in post to find which ones obtained subject focus.

It’s a lot of work but the shallow depth of field is well worth it. I use only natural light and I don’t own a flash or reflectors. All my subject are lit in post using CS6.

Don’t be afraid to take multiple shots of one pose, especially when working with shallow depth of field, as you’ll be rewarded with sharp subjects and an almost dreamlike depth of field and natural-looking light.


Jake used a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 85mm 1.2 L II lens to capture these images.

Jake Olson is a World Wide Portrait and Stock Photos photographer. Jake has also been featured by National Geographic in China and by The Weather Channel. You can also find his iPhone app here for beauty and inspiration on-the-go.

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