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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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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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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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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 ...
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Does a smaller sensor give shallow depth of field? [duplicate]

I have read that a full frame sensor gives a more shallow depth of field if using the same lens as on a crop frame sensor. Is this true? What I actually want to know is how does this relate to a point ...
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How can a Frazier lens achieve that massive DOF?

I've read in PetaPixel about this "Frazier lens" that can achieve a massive DOF. In this video is shown the capabilities of this lens and I must say I'm very impressed. How can this lens achieve such ...
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How do I find a point-and-shoot camera specifically for bokeh / a very shallow depth of field?

I will be getting a point-and-shoot camera for taking portraits and only portraits. Specifically portraits with a shallow depth of field. Groups portraits sometimes. It's just too much work to add ...
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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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Night photo with Leica 25mm: blur at f/1.4 [duplicate]

I have an Olympus OMD EM5 and a Leica 25mm which takes wonderful pictures in daylight. I was trying to take night pictures with this setup and I had the following results (after several tries and ...
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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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Connection between aperture and depth of field? [duplicate]

I want to know what's the relationship between aperture and depth of field. Why depth changes as aperture is changed?
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Why do depth of field calculators show *more* DOF for larger formats with the same lens parameters?

I thought I had a pretty good seat of the pants understand of DOF. But I've been playing with DOF calculators and it's giving me results that don't line up with my practical experience, so I'm ...
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How to take photo in which only subject is focused [duplicate]

I just bought a Nikon Coolpix L820 and its my first personal camera ever. I am looking for a good video tutorial if possible and I am also looking how can I take a photo in which only the subject is ...
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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 do automatic cameras know the right depth of field?

When shooting in Shutter and Aperture priority, the camera just needs to meter the scene and come up with the corresponding f-stop or shutter speed, a very algothrimitic and simple process. However, ...
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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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Why don't cameras provide you with DOF information?

The viewfinder is usually not 100% accurate in representing the final image you will get and I've lost a few shots while using a too narrow DOF. I would imagine that cameras, knowing the focal length, ...
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Reproduction ratio / 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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Depth of field: 28mm & crop vs 50mm & full frame [duplicate]

I've seen the posts about the angle of view being the same for a 28mm lens on a 1.6 crop sensor as for a 50mm lens on a full frame. I understand it. But what about the depth of field. Will that ...
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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 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 to know the F-Stop in a Webcam? [closed]

I'm looking for a Webcam with large aperture and shallow depth of field, similar to the F 1.8 Canon lenses, so far It has been really difficult since most of the specifications for any webcam are ...
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How can I take shallow depth of field photos with a point-and-shoot camera?

I have a compact digital camera, and in macro mode I can manage to achieve a blurred background, if the background is far enough away. Can this be done when taking non-macro pictures, and if not, is ...
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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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What exactly determines depth of field?

There are several questions here about the definition of depth of field, about focal length, and about subject distance. And of course there's the basic how does aperture affect my photographs. And ...
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What is the depth-of-field preview button on my DSLR supposed to show me?

I'm fairly new to DSLRs and I've been exploring the functions on my new Canon 60D. There's a button to the side of the lens described as the "depth-of-field preview button". Based on the limited ...
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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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Why didn't I get bokeh with my 50mm f1.8?

Recently I took a photograph at an aperture of f/1.8, but there was very little bokeh. The shot was of a wave with a few boats in the background. Everything seems to be clear even at f/1.8. Can ...
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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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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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What is the difference between depth of field and depth of focus?

Reading this answer I realized that I didn't know the difference between the two depths (of field and focus). Browsing related questions didn't reduce the blur (!) between the two... Wikipedia ...
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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 to take picture with blur background using FujiFilm HS10 [duplicate]

I tried a lot to take portrait pictures with blur background using my FujiFilm HS10 but haven't succeeded yet. I use f2.8 but still cannot get the effect. Can any of the experts give me any ...
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What aperture should I use to photograph people and why?

What f/# do you use to photograph people, and why? I know this varies from shot to shot. Let's suppose that you are photographing either a single person or a couple, that it it outside on a somewhat ...
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How does changing focal length affect depth of field?

I'm curious about how my "area of acceptable focus" changes when the focal length of the lens I'm using changes as I zoom (or switch lenses). In particular, I'd like to know how the front & back ...
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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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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 ...