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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 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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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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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 ...
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Scanners with large depth-of-field?

How can I find a modern flatbed scanner with a reasonably large depth of field? Here "reasonably large" would be something like at least 2mm of DoF above the scanner glass. Typically DoF is not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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How do you determine the acceptable Circle of Confusion for a particular photo?

I've noticed that several online and/or downloadable Depth of Field Calculators use different values for the acceptable CoC (Circle of Confusion) for some of the same camera models/sensor sizes. This, ...
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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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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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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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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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Since IQ is better at smaller apertures, and backgrounds can be blurred digitally, why not always shoot stopped down?

Is it correct to say that picture quality is better with small f number, but with very small DOF, this perfect quality degrades very quickly? So, is there any reason to shoot with wider aperture ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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How is depth-of-field affected on micro format cameras? [duplicate]

One of my favorite qualities of large apertures (besides the low light capability) is their characteristic shallow focus that can offer dramatic background blur. I've been considering how a micro ...
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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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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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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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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 ...