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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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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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How can I take photographs with a large depth of field without diffraction?

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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Why doesn't changing the aperture setting on my Nikon D80 change the image?

I'm new to photography and just learned about using the aperture to create depth of field. What I'm attempting is to get a close up shot of an object and blur the background. I have tried ...
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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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Background warping through foreground defocus

I came across this effect the other day, and have spent the better part of the last week trying to figure out exactly what is happening. When photographing two layers, with the foreground in front of ...
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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 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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Background blurring in non-dslr camera [duplicate]

I have a canon powershot sx510hs which is a non-dslr and advanced point and shoot camera with 30x optical zoom. I have seen dslr images, specially portraits, taken in manner that the main object stays ...
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What is aperture, and how does it affect my photographs?

How does aperture affect my photographs? Why should I care about the aperture with which a photo was taken?
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How can I take a photo with everything in focus with my DSLR?

I am quite new to DSLRs and one of the first things I noticed was the incredible focus points and depth that you can achieve. That is great in a lot of scenarios, but not in all. When filming a ...
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Is there a formula to calculate DOF?

I am pretty clear about that DOF depends on: Focal length Aperture Distance from subject Sensor size and more (as pointed in the comment). But what is the question here is: Is there any formula ...
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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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Could I have taken this landscape shot better with my P&S, or do I need a better camera?

Edit: Since coming back from Australia, I had my eye on a Sony a5100 for a while, and I bought it in the Amazon lightning deals. I have to say, the Sony takes much better pictures in terms of detail ...
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What is “bokeh panorama” (also called the “Brenizer method”)?

Somewhere I don't remember, I heard about the Brenizer method. After reading a few sites, there is no consistent information about what it is exactly, or what the procedures are to apply it, so: ...
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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 does a bigger sensor lead to a shallower depth of field?

It has been mentioned at a few places that a larger sensor results in images with a shallower depth of field. Example image: APS-C Canon 30D left, FF Canon 5D right, same lens, same composition, ...
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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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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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How can a super tiny iPhone 6 Plus lens produce significant DOF?

According to Apple specs the iPhone 6 Plus thickness is 0.28 inch (7.1 mm) and the lens length is only a part of that. And according to an article I found, Depth of Field is a function of "aperture ...
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Achieving Bokeh using Aperture vs Focus Point [duplicate]

In terms of the bokeh aesthetic, is using a wide aperture the same as using a narrow aperture and focusing on a foreground object? Are there advantages of doing it one way or the other? I took this ...
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Can a smaller sensor's “crop factor” be used to calculate the exact increase in depth of field?

If APS-C and similar crop-sensor digital cameras have a focal length multiplying effect such that a 50mm lens has an apparent focal length closer to the field of view of an 80mm on a full frame ...
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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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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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Why don't we focus at the nearest hyperfocal distance to get everything in focus?

I came across this article, and it says that if we focus at a hyperfocal distance, then everything from half of hyperfocal distance to infinity will be in focus. Then why don't we set the focus ...
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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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What kind of lens is typically used for these type of night street shots?

I've been trying to duplicate the depth of field like in these photos on snowy nights and I'm not getting comparable results. I'm using a 35mm prime lens at f/1.8 on a D3100. So my question is: Are ...
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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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Does the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens offer any significant advantage over the Canon 18-55mm IS II at a 24mm focal length?

Does the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens offer any significant advantage over the Canon 18-55mm IS II at a 24mm focal length (the kit lens for my T3i)? I'm looking for a cheap lens that offers a wide ...
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Is it possible to get smaller aperture with diaphragm in front of the lens?

My camera has narrowest aperture of f8. To increase depth of field, could I place an opaque "filter" or lens-cap with a small hole, e.g. 12 mm for f16, on the lens? I realize that at short f.l. the ...
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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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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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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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Is using a large aperture with flash uncommon?

I found How can I use wide aperture with fill flash? and How can I use flash with large apertures? while trying to find a solution for using a large aperture to get DOF with the flash setup I have. ...
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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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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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Technically, why is the out of focus area blurred more when using a bigger aperture?

I'm wondering, technically, why and how does the out of focus areas blur more when using a bigger aperture. I think it'd help a lot if I presented a problem that's been driving me nuts for a long ...
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Will a lens with a low aperture value give me better portrait photos?

I want to take pictures of people from 5-20 feet away. I attend lots of group events and am free to walk around and snap photos. I just purchased a Canon t3i and it comes with a 18-55mm kit lens. The ...
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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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How can I get dramatic shallow DOF with a kit lens?

I'm currently using an entry-level DSLR with 18-55mm lens and having great trouble trying to creating a blurred background effect in my photos. Now matter what aperture or shutter speed I choose, I'm ...
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Not able to achieve shallow dof with aperture of f/4 in nikond5200 [duplicate]

I set my aperture to 4 and yet I cannot blur out the object that is 10 ft away. Everything is in focus. I only wanted the near object which is 3 ft away to be in focus.
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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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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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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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What is “Hyperfocal Distance”?

I'd like a clear & easy-to-understand (especially for non-physics-types) explanation of what Hyperfocal Distance is, how it affects photographs, and what determines its value.
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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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Use of DOF adapters in stills photography

The camcorder guys figured out long ago how you can get the shallow DOF of a larger sensor system (typically full frame) on a camcorder equipped with a much smaller sensor (typically 1/2.8") by doing ...