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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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What determines the sharp parts in an image: the DoF or the focus point?

I am a little bit confused between depth of field (DoF) and focus points. Which of them is responsible for making part of the image sharp?
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Why is depth of field minimised at the max focal length of a zoom lens?

I am using Nikon D7000 with 18-105. I have read people saying to get images with the minimum depth of field, the lens should be at its maximumum focal length, in this case at 105mm. However at 105mm ...
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How do aperture and the tilt portion of a tilt shift lens relate?

I have found that you can use the tilt feature of a tilt shift lens to do some pretty neat things with depth of field. I can throw it 8° to the right and everything on the left side of the image drops ...
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how does full frame cameras give better bokeh than crop sensor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do the differences between APS-C and full frame sensors matter, and why? Why does a bigger sensor lead to a shallower depth of field? When I compare my camera ...
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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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Lack of sharpness: is it me, or my zoom lens?

I am specifically talking about Nikon 24-70mm f 2.8 lens Here is the picture I took with that: And here is another one I took with my prime lens Nikon 85mm f 1.8 I think this one is sharper and ...
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Focusing on hyperfocal distance with Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G prime lens [duplicate]

I have a Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens on a Nikon D7000 body. I have a theoretical understanding of hyperfocal distance. And it seems like the lenses with an clear indication of "infinite" focus point are ...
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DOF and picture quality

Is it possible to say that picture quality is better with small f number but on very small DOF, so this perfect quality degrades very quickly? So basically is there any reason to shoot with big ...
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What is the difference between depth of field and focal plane?

I would like to know how to address the difference between them and how relates to each other.
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Why do some people say to use 0.007 mm (approximate pixel size) for the CoC on a Canon 5DM2?

The 5DM2 pixel size is approximate 0.00645mm in size and so some people talk about using 0.007mm as the CoC. I think canon said once they use 0.035mm for DOF charts, full frame normal is 0.033mm, ...
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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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Why does getting closer or zooming in decrease depth of field?

I know that aperture changes the depth of field (DOF), but why is it that by making the image appear larger (by getting closer to the camera or zooming in) there is less DOF?
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How to get tack sharp portraits with shallow DOF when lacking an AF point where I want to focus?

What is the best way to get tack sharp portraits with shallow depth of field when lacking an auto focus point where I want to focus. I don't want to crop and "focus and recompose" is not an option ...
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How can I use control over the aperture to take better photos?

I upgraded from a point-and-shoot to a Sony NEX a few months back. I think I've made substantial progress with regards to many aspects of photography like composition, the rule of thirds, ISO, ...
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What is the best lens for shooting flat surfaces?

For a long time, I was making closeup photographs of flat surfaces using my cropped DLSR and Canon EF 50/1.4 lens. The scene was illuminated by an external flash. The focusing distance was the closest ...
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Invariants in subject size and depth of field? [duplicate]

I was curious if I could cheat my way around having to focus stack an object by using different lenses. Playing with the Depth of Field calculator I noticed something interesting: No matter what ...
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Why can't my newer cameras focus on my hands and something behind them at the same time? [duplicate]

I've got this thing where I go around the world and hold their famous monuments with my hand through perspective photography. For example, holding the learning tower of Pisa. The pictures I've taken a ...
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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 ...
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Why are big apertures used for landscape photography?

If it is true that a large aperture means shallow depth of field..a.k.a near objects in focus and background or far objects in blur, then how come big aperture is recommended for landscape ...
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Why did manufactures 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 an aperture range of 3.5-5.6 shallow enough to provide great bokeh on a cropped sensor?

I have been primarily shooting with a Canon 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 for several years now, and I am not completely satisfied with it. The problems I have are: A bit too wide on the low end A bit too short ...
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Will an add-on mini macro lens for my mobile phone help get a blurry-background effect?

I am new to photography. I am really interested in taking close up photos (macro photography) of objects with a blurry background. But my mobile phone (a Sony Xperia Ion ) does not have the facility ...
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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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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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Wide angle with low F stop number (eg.F2.8) in relate to depth of field

What is the purpose of having a wide angle lens like the Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED with a low f/stop? For example I am shooting a landscape mountain scenery shots or group photos, why would I use ...
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How does aperture/DOF affect continuous autofocus?

When the autofocus system is deciding to adjust the focus, say in a situation of the subject getting closer to or farther from the lens, does it take into consideration the current depth of field, ...
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Why does my DSLR's viewfinder ignore the aperture ring on a legacy lens?

I have a Nikon D3100, and I am borrowing an old Nikkor 50mm SLR lens (http://www.destoutz.ch/lens_50mm_f1.8_1828564.html). I've had a lot of trouble with that lens, in that pictures that appear ...
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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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Large DOF in low light for portrait in front of a landscape?

I am using a Nikon D610 and mostly I can get nice landscape shots with long exposure (with f/8-f/11) range using a 35mm f/1.4 lens. However now my issue is, I want to take pictures of a person in ...
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Comparison of DOF between a 30mm f/1.4 and a 35mm f/2 lens

I would like to buy a wide-aperture lens for an APS-C DSLR (Canon EOS 500D, crop factor 1.6x) with equivalent standard focal length. However, I was unable to decide between Sigma 30mm f/1.4 and Canon ...
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How does the depth of field with 50mm f/1.4 compare to 85mm f/1.8 with the same framing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a formula to calculate DOF? Is there an easy way to establish, on paper, which of these two lenses, shot wide open and with the same subject size in frame, ...
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How to achieve sharp focus on two subjects in a portrait with low depth of field? [duplicate]

I prefer to have a very narrow depth of field. Whenever I am focusing for portraits of too people standing near to each other, the focus-point-selected person is sharp, while the person standing next ...
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What is the importance of Depth of Field preview? [duplicate]

Recently while browsing for a camera, I noticed that some cameras have this "DoF Preview" and some have none. Now, can someone explain to me here the importance of this feature in a DSLR?
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Preview the DOF result in a D5100 viewfinder?

I have been told that some cameras have the ability to show the exact Depth of Field in the viewfinder when pressing a button. I searched for that button on my Nikon D5100 without success. I could ...
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Can we always talk about noise difference between crop and full frame?

Let's say we have two systems: 1) full-frame camera, 80 mm lens at f/2.2 2) APS-C camera, 50 mm lens at f/1.4 The subject is the same, as well as the camera position, focus distance, shutter speed ...
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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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Big sensor and landscape photography, DoF

I've been an owner of point & shot cameras for some years. Now, I'm considering to move to bigger sensor cameras (4/3, asp-c) because I really hate the noise that small sensors produce on low ...
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How to calculate depth of field by using extension tubes

I am using Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G and its close focus is: 1 foot (0.314m, 31.4 cm). And depth of field for this distance is about 0.5cm (I have an application on my Android phone). How will change depth ...
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How does sensor size impact depth of field and diffraction for macro photography?

Macro photographers often stop down to very small apertures to maximize the razor thin depth of field when operating at such close focus distances. Smaller sensors have greater depth of field than ...
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How does amount of blur compare between differently-sized sensors using lenses with equivalent focal length?

Let's say we compare two bundles: 1) cropped DSLR with crop factor 1.6 and 50 mm fix lens set on f/1.4 aperture 2) full-frame DSLR and 50 * 1.6 = 80 mm (which is not far from 85 mm) fix lens on ...
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How do I get the entire landscape in focus? [duplicate]

According to this calculator at 16mm, my hyperfocal distance is at 0.7m at f/11. So on the safe side, if I wanted to make sure the scenic background is tack sharp I would focus at 1m or so. But now ...
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For the same attainable sensitivity, how does DOF depend on sensor size? [duplicate]

It's well known that all other settings being the same, larger sensor translates into a shallower DOF. However, for the same number of pixels, doubling linear size of the sensor size would quadruple ...
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Why is DOF shallower on Full Frame compared to APS-C [duplicate]

I've read the comparison between APS-C and Full Format at When do the differences between APS-C and full frame sensors matter, and why? The depth of field is controlled by the circle of confusion, ...
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DOF with a telephoto lens [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What does it really mean that telephoto lenses “flatten” scenes? Why is depth of field affected by focal length? Quick Question. When using telephoto ...
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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 focus on object and blur the background? [duplicate]

How can I take the photo with the focus on the main object and blurred background using the Nikon D5100? What kind of mode and settings I should use? Thanks.
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Can I take photo with visible depth of field if shooting in a mirror?

There are question about "floating" objects. But how possible make photo with that depth of field in mirror? It is ordinary shot that reflected after, so?
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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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What exactly happens when one turns the focus ring on a DSLR while shooting video?

I'm about to buy my first DSLR and I'm trying to understand every single aspect of it. If I've got a prime lenses and I'm shooting a video with f/2.8 aperture, I'm going to have a fixed depth of ...
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What impact on image resolution does the aperture have?

What is the effects on depth of field, signal to noise ratio and image resolution when reducing the aperture?