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Focus is the mechanism of converging light from a point light source onto an imaging plane by a lens.

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How do disposable cameras work without exposure and focus control?

Before I got into photography, I used to use disposable cameras with ISO 400 film. I've gotten some decent results in various lighting, both inside and outside and at different focus distances. How do ...
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What tips and advice do you have for photographing the Aurora Borealis?

A friend has been kind enough to lend me a DSLR for a few months. It's my first foray into DSLR photography, or indeed any kind of photography beyond simply aiming my Canon IXUS at something and ...
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Why is it harder to focus using LiveView?

I have a Canon EOS 650D with 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. When shooting in LiveView, I find it harder to achieve focus when it's in the dark, and sometimes it can not lock focus despite my touching the ...
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How can I get perfect sharpness when shooting still art?

I've been trying to shoot some marble sculpture that are well lit on a studio wall. The photos are coming out well and perfectly useable.. but I'm striving for something better. My issue is with ...
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Where to focus when shooting landscapes?

When I am shooting landscapes, where (at what point) should I focus when using Auto Focus? Or if I am shooting the lit up skyline of the city, what should be my focus point? The reason I ask is that ...
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How can I focus on the moon [duplicate]

I'm technically a beginner when it comes to anything other than point and shoot photography so I apologise if I don't explain myself clearly. I have a Pentax Q with an 85-200mm K lens, I'm using a Q ...
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Nikon 16-85 VR focus noise problem?

My 16-85 VR is doing some weird noise during focus, manual or auto. It's like an hiss. I asked in a local shop and they said it can be some microdust inside the lens. But I'm a little worried it can ...
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Why Focus Assist activating in full outdoor light on my Canon EOS Rebel?

Trying to understand why the focus assist feature is activating in full outdoor light on a sunny day. I have a Canon EOS Rebel T-3. Recently, the 18-55 stock lens was replaced free by Canon. Since I ...
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Is a Canon 50mm 1.4 lens only meant to focus close range?

Ok, so I currently shoot with a canon Rebel which of course has a 1.6x crop factor. My primary lens is Canon's mid-level 50mm f/1.4. I love this lens for close up portraits and can get a very sharp ...
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Nikon D3000 Blurry Pictures. Focus Issue?

Here are two examples: Both pictures are in NEF format here. The pictures have not been modified in any way except except for being resized and converted to PNG. Just for kicks (and to prove I'm ...
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How to focus manually with a Nikkor AF-S DX VR 50-200mm f/4-5.6G zoom lens?

I have a Nikon D3100, for which I just bought a Nikkor AF-S DX VR 50-200mm f/4-5.6G zoom lens. This is a CPU lens and works very nicely in auto-mode, i.e. when you let the camera set the focus. ...
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Why is the Canon MP-E 65mm F/2.8 Macro Lens not called a zoom?

The Canon MP-E 65mm works differently than my other macro lenses. Compare: With a standard 35mm macro, I can frame first and then adjust focus which only changes framing very slightly with. With the ...
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Why do my photos appear more in focus when I use a long exposure?

Why does an unfocused lens still give a focused view with a longer exposure? For example, I took an out-of-focus photo with a ¹⁄₁₀th second exposure (at f/7.1), but when I change to 10 seconds (at ...
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Do lenses have focal planes or focal spheres/ellipsoids?

The title says it pretty much all. I'm asking this because I find myself always using the focus point in the center, and after I focused, I rotate my camera to make the framing right. However, if ...
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Nikon D5100 Focusing Issue

The issue I have had is where the camera tries to focus and cannot focus. It just zooms in and out constantly and no matter what I do it will not focus and fire. The only way I have found around this ...
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Why does the focus light come on in manual focus mode?

When I'm in the manual focus mode, I find that the focus light (the red blinking light) sometimes still comes on before it takes a photo. Why is this? I thought the purpose of the light is to ...
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How can I increase the amount of 'keepers' from my Nikkor 50mm 1.8D

I have been using this lens for a while, mostly for portraits and have noticed that for some reason the outdoor pictures where I most likely had to quickly compose and take the shot have had something ...
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What is the technical difference between focus and zooming?

This may look like a silly question but I don't know what the difference between zooming and focusing is. Zooming in will usually let me have fewer subjects in the scene while zooming out will allow ...
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Focus in night photography

Another question related to the Olympus OMD EM5. I bought this camera to replace my Nikon D90 and I'm very satisfied with it. However, I find very hard to do the focus at night. With the Nikon D90, ...
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Precise focus information in metadata

I am trying to get the precise focal length used for a stack of photographs taken with various focal length. See the following link. My problem is that even if the photographs are obviously focusing ...
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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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How to get accurate focus at night? [duplicate]

I've tried focusing shots at night, but never get a perfect click. Are there any tips that might help?
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Light-field shots entirely in focus?

A light field camera can be used to make shots which can be truly refocused after the shot, however if I understand the technology correctly it would be just as easy to process the "image data" in ...
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Wide aperture in low-light results in muddy image on Powershot G16?

I have a Powershot G16 that I'd like to use as my standard camera for its light weight. It takes amazing photos in the day, but I'm having some problems with handheld at night. I'm still a photography ...
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Why can't I get a sharp macro image when shooting handheld, even with IS?

These days I shoot macro handheld, using the focus and recompose technique. I used AF-one shot. I used a Canon 100mm 2.8 on my Canon 550D. My shutter speed was 1/100s, but it was quite frustrating ...
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How to nail focus for DSLR astrophotography?

I've been doing a bit of astrophotography and the problem that I almost always have is nailing focus. I'll manually focus on a bright star or the moon (which hopefully isn't an option!) by magnifying ...
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How can i get AF confirmation working with Samyang 500mm f/6.3 with dandelion chip?

I've put a dandelion chip (4th gen) on my Samyang 500mm f/6.3. I shoot a Canon 6D by the way. So, that's cool now I've set the chip to return f/6.3 and I can get a correctly exposed LiveView, EXIF ...
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What is bokeh, exactly?

I understand that "bokeh" refers to out-of-focus areas of an image — but there is obviously more to it than that. What does the term mean exactly? How well is bokeh really understood? Is it purely ...
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Do focus area modes matter if shooting in manual focus?

It seems my camera lets me change the focus area modes (e.g wide, center or spot) even when I am shooting in manual focus so I am trying to understand if area modes matter even if the camera is in ...
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Nikon d7000 will not auto focus

Nikon D7000: When I press down on the shutter release my camera does not auto focus with any lens. I have checked and it's NOT on manual I have tried resetting my camera I want to shoot nightlife so ...
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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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Is there a way to avoid focus searching? [duplicate]

While using my camera in a relatively low light scenario I noticed some shots I missed because my camera was struggling to focus. I use a Nikon D7100 and noticed that the AF assist light only came on ...
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Why does my Samsung NX1000 zoom way in when manually focusing?

I bought a Samsung NX1000 this week, and I have the 20-50mm lens. However when I put it on manual focus, the picture keeps jumping from standard zoom to "mega zoom" — it zooms a lot further in then ...
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What is the difference Focus mode and AF-Area mode?

I am using Nikon D5100. To shoot a subject which is: Stationary: we can set AF-area mode to Single Point AF we can set Focus mode to AF-S Moving: we can set AF-area mode to Dynamic-Area AF we can ...
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What is the purpose of Quick Mode focusing in live view?

What is the purpose of Quick Mode (found on some Canon DSLRs) focusing in live view? To me it seems like a bad blend between live view and viewfinder mode that really doesn't cut it. Of course it's a ...
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How does autofocus point selection relate to manual focus?

Every lens I have comes with an auto-focus / manual focus switch. How should it be used if I am shooting on AV mode? If I were to select one of the focus points, do I need to have the lens on ...
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Why can't my DSLR with kit lens focus on objects close to the lens?

I have a Nikon D5200 with the 18-105 kit lens. I cannot focus the objects which are 15-20 cm away from the lens. Can anyone tell me how to manipulate the settings so that i can focus those objects? ...
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Nikon D3100 Won't Take Photo — says light is too low

I've had my Nikon D3100 camera for about 3 years. I recently accidentally reset my shooting options. Since I've done that, I'm having a hard time getting the camera to focus and take photos in lower ...
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Why do I see different focuspoint in my DSLR's viewfinder and screen with old lenses?

I've had an old completely analog Praktika SLR with a set of lenses for a few years now. The camera and lenses are still quite good but I wanted to go digital. Having recently acquired a Nikon D5200, ...
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Which lenses show focus shift?

Some lenses, because of a design that includes uncorrected spherical aberration, shift their plane of focus backwards as the aperture is narrowed. This is most apparent at close focusing distances and ...
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Compensating for Focus Shift?

Some lenses, because of a design that includes uncorrected spherical aberration, shift their plane of focus backwards as the aperture is narrowed. This is most apparent at close focusing distances and ...
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What makes the focus ring on a lens go smoothly?

I’m curious about the smooth movement of the zoom or focus rings on a lens. How is the smooth movement done? Is there some kind of liquid with high viscosity? That doesn’t sound very probable. On the ...
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What is a focusing rail?

In What are the best practices for DOF stacking? I noticed a mention of a "focusing rail". I've never heard of such device. What is it, and in what circumstances is it useful?
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What might make focus points blurred/gone from viewfinder on Canon T2i after cleaning?

The red lights are all but lost in my T2i now....barely a haze of a blur. The focus points work fine, and I get the audible beep, but I have to check my focus point on the back before shooting and I'm ...
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What is the reference plane used when the minimum focus distance is measured?

Once you know the MFD (minimum focus distance) for a particular lens, is that the distance from the subject to the front of the lens or to the camera sensor?
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How much does a drop in temperature affect focus?

In an answer to question "What lens characteristics are important in astrophotography?" there was mentioned "If the temperature changes drastically, you may need to refocus as different materials in ...
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Canon 50mm F1.4 focus problems

I've had this lens for a couple of years, but am really struggling to get sharp pictures now. I've tried it on a 400D and a 7D and both show the same results. I had the problem with it getting stuck ...
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Science Fair Project Relating focus to pinhole size

I am doing a science fair project in which i want to see how the size of a pinhole effects the light diameter, and i would like to also relate this to focus and focal point. How would i do this?
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How does one focus for landscape photos in very dark conditions?

Tonight I tried my best to take some night landscapes in the darkest of dark conditions. Hoping for an epic composition of the Milky Way and a landmark. Of course, none of my glass could auto focus ...
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What would appear on polaroid film exposed without a lens?

I am trying to get a better understanding how lenses & focusing works. Let's say that I am standing in a completely dark room holding a unexposed polaroid film, and turn on a TV in the other ...