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How do I get sharper, in-focus pictures? Want to learn!

jamesvoortman

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"RE: How do I get sharper, in-focus pictures? Want to learn!"

jamesvoortman Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Sep 2004
Thu 23-May-13 09:20 PM


>So, how far away from the subject should I be in order to get
>everything in focus?

Its not so much how far away as what aperture should you be using to get the depth of field you require for a subject at a given distance. Sometimes you want shallow DoF to emphasize a subject and sometimes you want huge depth of field for a landscape with interesting foreground and background detail.

Look for a little program called Dofmaster on the web. download and install. It gives you a way to print out circular depth of field calculators for your lenses. This way you can print one for each focal length you use and keep them in your camera bag.

Basically each circular "calculator" allows you to calculate depth of field for a given aperture, focal length and subject distance. Quite a good idea to read up on "hyperfocal distance" too. This will teach you how to select the correct focal distance for the effect you want.

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