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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 keep both the background and foreground in the image in focus at the same time?

How do you have both the background and foreground in the image in focus at the same time? Last week I was attempting a shot where I had the back of a hat in focus and in the distance you could see a ...
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Why does using a tilt-shift lens make things look miniature?

This question isn't so much about how to achieve the effect of making a scene look like it's modelled in miniature, but why tilting the focal plane creates the effect. What is it about photographing ...
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Is there a 'rule of thumb' that I can use to estimate depth of field while shooting?

I can use a DoF calculator, or crunch the heavy math by hand if I really want to know exactly what my DoF is going to be... but most of the time knowing exactly is actually overkill, and taking the ...
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In what kind of scenes does it make sense to use f/1.4 aperture?

I have been told that it is difficult to focus with an aperture of f/1.4. So, in which kind of scenes does it actually make sense to use the f/1.4? In portraits they say that it is important to keep ...
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How can I achieve this effect, where the flower is sharp and everything else is blurry?

I was wondering how it is possible to take a picture like this. Please have a look here for some example pictures. The flower is sharp, and everything else looks like taken with a long shutter. Is ...
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Is it possible to measure distance to an object by adjusting the focus?

This is maybe not a 100% on topic photography, but I couldn't find a better stackexchange site to post this on and maybe you guys can help me out. I have a camera that takes pictures of a production ...
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What are the “Distance Setting Marks” for use in storytelling composition?

I am reading Understanding Exposure, by Bryan Peterson, to learn some bits and tricks about photography. I came across one line "You would first choose to set your aperture to f/22 and than align the ...
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How do you use the Depth of Field Preview button on a Nikon D90?

I am trying my hands around using Depth of field preview button with my Nikon D90 and its 18-105mm Kit lens. I read some online material as well have seen some videos about using it, but so far I'm ...
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Why Small aperture (less light) has Large depth of field? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Technically, why is the out of focus area blurred more when using a bigger aperture? I understand that a small aperture (large aperture number eg. F/22) means large ...
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How can I get bokeh with an aperture of 3.5 as my max?

I am trying to get DOF portraits of my daughter with my Nikon d7000, as per my previous post. I have zoomed in to 100mm or so and tried to get a large aperture but as I zoom, the camera decreases f# ...
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Can you help me justify my desire to purchase the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 even though I find it rather pricey?

I have a D70 with the stock Nikkor AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX lens. I'm about to replace the body with a D7000. I've found the 3.5 f-stop a little limiting in terms of DoF - and having viewed ...
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Is it possible to get tethered focus and aperture control with any current DSLR?

I'm looking to get into some photography work and I had a couple questions. I'm quite an amateur at this, unfortunately, so I would appreciate any and all assistance! I want to be able to control the ...
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Why does depth of field occur?

I wonder why depth of field occur in the first place. This is not a question about what changes the effect/size of field. We all know that. Aperture, Focal Length, Focus Length (distance to subject), ...
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How to micro-adjust distance for focusing in macro photography?

I'd like to take macro photos, but I have a problem with the focus. I put the object on a (light) table, I put my camera on my tripod and take a few shots. Since the depth of field is very small ...
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What is the sharpest aperture for Canon 550d with Sigma 8mm?

I usually use F/8 and a manual zoom at 1m. What configuration should I use to assure both objects that are far away(10m) and objects that are close(1-2m) are sharp
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Why is depth of field affected by focal length?

As the focal length decreases, the depth of field increases as well. Why is this? I'm not so much interested in a physics lesson as I am interested in a simple, down-to-earth explanation.
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What are the best settings for black and white film portrait photography?

trying to do some "daily shots" thing, and I was wondering what's the best setting for black and white portraits in areas that are well-lit and sometimes not (fastfoods, restaurants, malls) I want to ...
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Why does a larger aperture cause more blur of the background? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Technically, why is the out of focus area blurred more when using a bigger aperture? Why is it that a larger lens aperture produces a shorter depth of field, causing the ...
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Do crop sensors increase the depth of field when using full frame lenses?

I'm trying to achieve maximum depth of field without sacrificing light. I have a micro-4/3rds camera and i want to attach a full frame lens to it for the large and constant aperture. My question is, ...
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How can I take photographs with a large depth of field?

I was looking at some pictures by TSO Photography, and I was struck by how everything in the image seems to be sharp and in focus. I do realize that to achieve huge depth of field, you set the ...
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How do I achieve this minature/tilt-shift effect?

I really like this photo and was wondering how I can achieve something similar? http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucasasteratakis/6044310648/in/photostream I had a look at some tutorials to do with ...
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Can you shoot with a 55mm lens so that you have both person and background clear?

Is it possible to shoot with a 55mm lens so that you have both the close objects and the background objects (like buildings situated half a mile away) clear?
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Is it normal to get really crazy shallow DOF with a macro lens?

I just received my new Canon 100mm USM autofocus macro lens. I took a bunch of pictures outdoors, but I'm getting really crazy shallow depth of field with the pictures that's making it really hard to ...
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How can I get the most possible depth of field out of close-up/macro shots?

I own a Nikon D40X and just the kit lens and I'm considering buying either a macro lens or some extension tubes. I don't necessarily want to do true 1:1 macro, just some close ups of bugs, fungi and ...
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Is it possible to Zone Focus with a DSLR?

I have a Canon 1000d. Is the zone focusing technique applicable in a DSLR? If yes, how do we do it?
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What are the depth-of-field capabilities of point & shoot cameras?

Is it possible to show following by using a point-and-shoot camera? shallow depth of field deep depth of field
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How to achieve shallower DOF using multiple exposures?

For static or semi-static scenes, there are many ways to "simulate" certain features actually not feasible on single photo using the technology the photographer has. For example, wider field of view ...
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What lenses are best for food photography?

What lenses are best for taking photos of cooked dishes? In some articles, I have read that I can have great results with lenses f/1.4 because they are cheap and they give that nice blurred ...
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What does small depth of field mean?

Can anyone clarify for me the various terms used to describe depth of field? There are so many it's hard without a photo dictionary to relate in my head what's actually being said to me about the ...
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Does subject isolation only depend on subject distance and focal length, aperture and sensor size remaining equal?

Does subject isolation only depend on subject distance and focal length, aperture and sensor size remaining equal? From my reading of a question on depth of field, if I take a photo of a subject at ...
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What's a Typical “In-Focus” Rate for Portraits with an 85mm?

I have a lot of experience doing travel, landscape, product, ... in short, things that don't move much. Models? Not so much. I have a beautiful 85mm portrait lens for my Canon 1Ds Mk III DSLR, and at ...
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Why are my pictures blurry/soft?

Ok so I shoot basically one thing....real estate. I am in the market for a new camera so I borrowed a friends canon 50d. I have been using a Rebel xti and been getting good results but I want to ...
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How can I get everything in focus?

I have a Canon 550D with 70-200 f4 and 50mm prime lenses. Although the camera has built-in 9 focal points, I sometimes face a strange problem. Here's a sample photo: In reference to the above pic, ...
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How to blur the background using a super-zoom camera? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to take shallow depth of field photos with point-and-shoot cameras? When I shoot portraits with my brother's Nikon D90, this is quite easy to fade out the ...
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How to estimate depth of field? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a 'rule of thumb' that I can use to estimate depth of field while shooting? How do you estimate the aperture needed to produce sufficient depth of field ...
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How to choose a lens to get a shallow DOF effect? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Can I get a shallow DOF using a kit lens? Help with getting bokeh effect. I'm an amateur photographer, just getting into photography. I read some things about lens ...
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depth of field varies with distance?

I am wondering if there is a difference in the depth of field if I stand near the subject or far from it with the same aperture (like f1.4) ? Thanks for responses
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Is depth of field and bokeh influenced by distance to the subject?

I know that the aperture size has a direct effect on the depth of field. However, what about distance to the subject? Let's say I took two pictures, one at 24mm and one at 70mm, using the same lens ...
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Why can't I get a shallow depth of field (DOF) effect?

I am trying to get a shot of the subject that is a foot or two away from the background that I would like to have show as blurry. This is what I am going after. Notice how the face of the dog is in ...
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Why is the depth-of-field preview in the optical viewfinder of my Canon 500D inaccurate?

I have noticed that in my Canon 500D, the depth-of-field preview in the optical viewfinder is inaccurate with large aperture settings. If I press the DoF preview button, there is very little ...
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Can you achieve the Depth of Field effect with the Pentax X90?

I was flicking through some photos on flickr and started thinking that I wanted to achieve a particular effect - after a bit research I found that what I was appreciating was Depth of Field. Subject ...
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Why do some DSLRs take good bokeh and others do not?

what is the mechanical explanations as to why some cameras can take good bokeh and not others. do lenses have a role too?
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How can I achieve an effect in still photography that's analogous to a cinematographic effect?

I don't know how it's achieved or what it's called, but occasionally in a movie I see an effect in which the perspective of the scene is modified in such a way that the objects that are further away ...
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Have a Nikon 18-200 VR lens ..want to buy a new lens for super DoF

I have a AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II and am planning to buy this AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D does that make any sense? I'm interested in taking pictures that has lot of DoF. Something ...