The aesthetic appeal of depth of field in photographs

T. Zhang, H.T. Nefs, J. Redi, I.E.J. Heynderickx

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Abstract

We report here how depth of field (DOF) affects the aesthetic appeal of photographs for different content categories. 339 photographs spanning eight categories were selected from Flickr, Google+, and personal collections. First, we classified the 339 photographs into three levels of depth of field: small, medium, and large. Then, we asked participants to rate the aesthetic appeal of these photographs in random order. We found that aesthetic appeal is only influenced significantly by the content category and by depth of field for animal and sport related photographs. Therefore, we conclude that depth of field should not be regarded as a common criterion for judging aesthetic appeal in different semantic content categories.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 6th International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience, QoMEX 2014, 18-20 September 2014, Singapore, Singapore
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages81-86
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4799-6536-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-6537-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2014
Event2014 6th International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience, QoMEX 2014 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 18 Sep 201420 Sep 2014

Conference

Conference2014 6th International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience, QoMEX 2014
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period18/09/1420/09/14

Keywords

  • aesthetic appeal
  • blur
  • Depth of field

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