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Depth of Field is the depth of a scene that is "in focus" as perceived by the eye.

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How do I get a blurry background? [duplicate]

How do I get a blurry background? I am a beginner and I have no idea.
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What would be a good digital alternative to a Canon AE-1 from 1977?

I would like to purchase my first DSLR camera with similar features and experience to my AE-1 Canon film camera. In particular, I would like a depth of field indicator that shows the depth of field in ...
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Can focus stacking (or a similar technique) also be used to reduce depth of field?

Instead of using multiple images focused at different points to extend the depth of field, can I also reduce it? Does a technique exist to reduce focal length by stacking multiple images that are ...
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What type of photography lens minimizes background blur? [duplicate]

I'm in the market for a lens I can use for portrait photography as well as nature. I hate background blur. The portrait photography I do and get a great response from, are the ones where I frame the ...
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How to choose f-stop / depth of field? [duplicate]

I am fairly new to photography and I have read many "beginners guides" and watched youtube tutorials. One thing that remains elusive to me is how to properly pick what f-stop to use. I use a 35mm, ...
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What settings do I have to use to not blur out the background? [duplicate]

I have a Fujifilm X100T and whenever I take a picture with a person and focus on him/her, the background gets blurred; and when I focus on the background, the person gets blurred. I want to have the ...
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How can I take portraits where more DoF appears in front of the subject than behind?

This photo has been processed, of course. More importantly, it seems that DoF is more on the front of the subject than on the rear side. What type of post-processing and lens is suitable for producing ...
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Does F number stay the same between 35mm and Medium Format?

Rented a medium format camera to see "what is this medium format look" everyone talks about! and evaluate if it is awesome enough to start saving money for it or not. So my own camera is a Nikon D-...
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Why I am getting different values for depth of field from calculators vs in-camera DoF preview?

When using depth of field and hyperfocal calculators, I get very different result versus the in-camera DoF preview of my Fujifilm X-M1. For example: With DOFMaster (or any other online calculator), ...
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Can we shoot photos with a very shallow DoF with the Lumix FZ300 at any focal length? [duplicate]

I couldn't find that information anywhere. Lot says you can't get a shallow DoF with a tiny sensor. So, anyone has got an FZ300, Can you? mattdm, that question was about all p&s's in common, I ...
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How do I get both subject and background in focus at the same time with my (µ4/3) prime lens? [duplicate]

I'm using an Olympus EM-5 Mark II and my prime lens is the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 (40mm film equiv. focal length). I don't know if I can set the camera's focus to infinity to avoid the blurring effect ...
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How can I capture product photography with the entire product in focus? [duplicate]

I would like to shoot professionally but am having an issue with my Nikon D3300. I shoot product photography, mainly sunglasses. My questions is what function, mode, and option should I choose on ...
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Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 prime vs. 50mm f/1.2 lens for bokeh/dreamy effect?

I'm looking into camera lenses and have seen two referenced as what certain bloggers use to take a certain kind of light-filled "perfectly overexposed" strong-bokeh picture that I am partial to, like ...
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Which will produce a shallower depth of field: 50mm f/1.7 or 70-210mm f/4?

I'm shooting with a Sony a77. What would produce a more shallow depth of field for portraits: a Minolta 50mm 1.7 wide open or a Minolta 70-210mm f/4 wide open?
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How do I give my images this vintage travel photo effect?

Pictures like this (and I know this is an already-beautiful rainforest) remind me of how a place looks when you imagine it in your head. They have a kind of magical, dreamy touch while also being ...
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What is the shape of the focal plane?

This is something I just realised I don't entirely know the answer to, so I'm going to ask it here as I think it's interesting. In most non-scientific writing on depth of field, diagrams generally ...
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Getting a completely sharp bird when it is up close

Context So I know that Depth of Field (DoF) is controlled by your f-stop (aperture opening) of the lens in question. Question Is it possible to get birds completely sharp when they are so close (8....
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Why is the Depth of Field Preview button necessary?

I've looked far and wide but i cannot find the answer for this question. I know some older cameras and lenses used to have aperture rings on them, which allowed the user to set how open or closed the ...
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How does aperture affect focus area? [duplicate]

How does the aperture affect the focus area? Here are some examples: With an 35mm(50mm)/f1.8 prime lens What f-value will bring a group of people standing in five rows into focus? What f-value will ...
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Does aperture effect the “depth” of faces in a portrait? Wide aperture make noses look shorter, wrinkles less pronounced?

Having a debate with myself that F/10 makes my portraits look better by making faces have less "depth." What I mean is I feel like wider apertures such as f/4 make my nose look longer and wrinkles ...
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Simple quick DoF estimate method for prime lens [duplicate]

All: I have a concrete example related question: My prime len is Nikon 35mm f/1.8G DX. If I only use this lens to shoot, I wonder if there is any simplified Depth of Field estimate method like by ...
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Shallow DOF: continuous or single AF mode?

When I take a portrait with settings which result in a DOF shallow enough that the subjects' movements risk missing focus on the eyes, should I use continuous AF mode - is the continuous AF fast ...
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What's the furthest you should stand with a 35mm lens at f1.8?

I understand the principles of depth of field, but am unclear as to what the recommended further distance is when you want to use a lower f stop. Surely at some point, your subject will go out of ...
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What's worse for post-processing blurriness, graininess or softness?

Context Using an a6000, I've been learning a lot about photography and how to control the depth of field (by changing the aperture), blurriness (by changing the shutter speed), and the noise floor/...
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Why is my subject still out of focus when it's inside the range shown by a depth of field calculator?

In a depth of field app, I entered my camera's sensor size, focal length of 50mm, aperture of f8, and focus distance of 6 feet. The app tells me that DoF is 2.1 feet, from 5.1 to 7.2 feet. I then ...
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How do I set focus so I get a blurred background? [duplicate]

I am a newbie and I clicked this photo at around 8 PM: https://www.flickr.com/photos/137346749@N02/22513426779/in/datetaken/ I was around 1.5m away from the subject. I wanted to focus on the lady ...
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Automatic Depth-of-Field in modern cameras?

What modern cameras (DSLR or mirrorless) have automatic depth of field exposure setting functionality? It would be desirable for example to specify a desired DOF based on subject size (or 'depth') ...
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Photography pros: can anyone help me find out which lens is on this camera?

http://i.imgur.com/fGLh4Pb.jpg And it takes photos like this? http://i.imgur.com/BK5vPRw.jpg I'm desperately trying to find which lens will allow me to take photos like this. I already have a canon ...
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Is it possible to change depth of field in RAW images?

I am beginner to photography, and I've learnt that we can do a lot of post-production in images by using RAW format. I'm looking for options to change/modify the depth of field in the RAW images - is ...
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How do depth of field and the circle of confusion relate to pixel size on the sensor?

I have been reading about depth-of-field and presume to have a sufficient understanding of what it means and how it is related to lens properties, lens aperture, focal length, sensor format size and ...
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55mm on an 18-55 lens versus 55mm on a 55-250mm lens

I have two canon kit lenses which came with my 1100D. While experimenting casually with my lenses, I came across something that I find peculiar. When I am focused at an object at a certain distance on ...
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How do you exercise depth of field in practice?

I'm really frustrated because many of my nicely framed photos are of poor technical quality, mainly because of the wrong depth of field or subject being out of focus. I always thought I know theory ...
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Optimal camera settings for standing clothing model in indoors environment

I am trying to shoot a clothing photoshoot where a model will always stand in the same spot in an indoors studio with 2 lightboxes and a white backdrop. What would be the best camera settings with a ...
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DoF app: should I round the image format/width up or down?

The DoF app I have calls for the sensor width to be set. The specs for my Sony α33 say the image format is 23.4 x 15.6mm. Do I dial-in the 23.4 or the closest to it? If I must go slightly over/...
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When you set a lower image size, are you using the whole sensor size or just a portion of it? Could it even affect depth of field?

I am trying to increase the depth of field on my shots. Since a smaller sensor size could get me a wider DoF, I wonder if reducing image size (keeping same aspect ratio) is equivalent to reducing ...
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Mathematical relation between aperture and DOF [duplicate]

I know that aperture and DOF are inversely proportional. But, can anybody explain to me the Physics/Optics behind that? What's the mathematical relation that relates aperture with DOF?
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Depth of field in macrophotography: stepping back + crop Vs reducing aperture?

There are multiple ways to increase depth of field (DoF) in macro photography. I know about focus stacking, but I have a question about which way is best for a single-shot. Two common options are: ...
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How do I prevent my camera/lens from focusing on only a subject? [duplicate]

I have a Canon 70D and am using a 50mm lens. I want to prevent it from focusing on a subject all the time. Instead, I want everything to be in focus like you get with a kit lens (18-135 etc.). I have ...
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Help with Scientific Cannabis photography [duplicate]

I work in a marijuana testing lab in Washington. Part of our workflow is to capture an image of each sample as it is weighed, for later reference/analysis. We're pretty excited to be creating high ...
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What does it mean to be out of focus [duplicate]

I have browsed dozens of photography and noticed that only a handful actually try to reconcile the photography world with the real world. My ultimate goal is to be able to easily explain to anyone, of ...
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Why isn't this portrait taken at f/29 sharp?

I am confused as to why this picture is not sharp. This is a portrait shot at F/29 ISO100 1/250 with a 17-85mm lens focused at 38mm. The subject distance was 1.2M. My DOF app tells me that my DOF ...
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Anyone using the HX400 v? [duplicate]

Can we shoot photos with a very shallow depth of field with this cam? ; with only the subject is in focus..?- within any focal length/zoom level? In some places it's said that this cam can't shoot ...
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How is depth of field usually measured and how can I get depth of field measurements for a lens

I really like a deeply washed out background as a backdrop. I expect using a 35mm film camera that f-stops is inversely related to depth of field. I assume this remains true for compound lenses. But ...
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Why did manufacturers stop including DOF scales on lenses?

Seriously why? I hate it and I hate memorizing it or check my phone app for the depth of field of the current aperture. I find it so useful in old lenses. The DOP preview doesn't help that much (IMO) ...
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Is a depth of field preview button a must-have feature on a camera?

How much does the DOF preview matter? Is it a must-have on a DSLR? Do the Nikon D5300 and D5500 cameras have a depth of field preview button?
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How to set up an object for blur photography in domestic environment?

I am having a Nikon D5300 with 18-55 VR lens. As this tutorial shows, it shows how to shoot portraits with blurred background. But, the background is located far off from the subject. Can I somehow ...
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How does a camera artificially decrease DoF of a shot from a single position?

Some cameras with small sensors can artificially blur image background provided there's an object in the foreground. FujiFilm calls it Pro Focus filter. I'm not sure if the camera makes one or two ...
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How do I get a two person portrait with the background blurred using a DSLR and 50mm f/1.8 lens?

I am new here. I have a Nikon D5300 body and a Nikon 50mm f1.8 AF-D lens(not AF-S). I want to do this: Two persons sitting in front of a table facing the camera. I want the table and both persons in ...
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How to take a photo of a close-up object without focus stacking?

I'm trying to get into product photography and took some fun shots. I'm talking about shots of my iPhone and things like that. What I quickly realize is that I am unable to get enough DOF. I'm using ...
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Why should I use the widest aperture for star photography?

Well, this question may sound dumb to some folks but I am really confused here. I was reading this article about Photographing Stars Using a Kit Lens where author talks about keeping widest aperture ...