How shallow DOF can a beginner control? Novice? I was considering purchasing a EF 50mm f/1.4 USM for low light portraiture until I realized the DOF at 1.4 with a FOV of 3 ft. on a 1.6x crop sensor camera is about 3-4 inches. Is this DOF something a beginner like myself could hit more shots than miss (with a subject that is standing in the same spot but moving a bit for different looks)? If no, what’s a good minimum DOF to start learning with? Thanks in advance for your time. I can find plenty of tutorials on the Net on how to calculate DOF at various focal lengths, distances and apertures, but very little on this.