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Why would I want to select an autofocus point?

I'm trying to understand why I would ever want to select an auto focus point other then the center point. I have a Canon XTI Rebel DSLR which has 9 auto-focus points, but I'm also looking into getting ...
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Should I use a 100mm Macro lens as a portrait lens?

I am specifically considering using the Canon 100mm Macro as a portrait lens. If I want to have a macro in my bag, but not carry around a 70-200 2.8 due to weight, size, white color, or price if it ...
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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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Is it better to start out by buying a cheaper body and more expensive accessories?

In February 2010 I bought my first DSLR: EOS Rebel XSi EF-S 18-55IS Kit I also bought a zoom telephoto lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM The XSi is a simple camera which I thought would be good ...
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How do I "focus and recompose" using spot metering?

I usually use the "[auto]focus and recompose" method for taking candid photographs. In situations where there is a high degree of contrast, I would like to use spot metering to correct expose for ...
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What should I charge for photography as an amateur?

I just started up my own photography business and I was wondering what I should with how pricing works. I thought of doing pets, families, babies, and senior pictures. I have some experience with a ...
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Why is the Tamron 90mm 2.8 marketed as Macro and not as a "portrait" lens?

My question is if a lens like a Tamron 90mm 2.8 could be used also for portrait. If not, why ? What are the difference between a specific portrait lens (like any 85mm 1.4) and a 90mm 2.8 ? Only the ...
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kB vs MB - will pictures be good quality

I recently had my sons newborn shoot done and the photographer has sent me all his images in kB, is this right as I have always received MB files from previous ones. Will the quality be ok when I go ...
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Why would I need a portrait lens if I have a telephoto zoom lens covering the same focal length?

I am using a Panasonic Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F/2.8, a MFT telephoto lens. I am learning about photography by reading articles and reviews and in one review it was mentioned there is a great portrait ...
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Why am I getting blurry images with a Sigma 35mm Art and Canon EOS 77D?

I recently got the Canon EOS 77D and the Sigma 35mm Art 1.4 I notice in my pictures stuff where i'm a little distance away I comes out blurry. My setting on here were ISO 800 f/1.4 1/160sec I do know ...
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How to ensure sharp focus when shooting with an open aperture?

I've bought a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 to use with my EOS 200D and while I love the wide aperture, it appears to be quite difficult to achieve sharp focus on people's faces when shooting at f/1.8. I've ...
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Is AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G lens good for both macro and portrait photography?

I'm thinking of buying a macro lens am considering the Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR. Is this lens really good for portraits? Where can I find sample pictures taken with this lens? Is ...
Lena Dawood's user avatar
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distance between pixels = a fixed measurement (inch, foot etc)?

Let's say the distance from my camera to my object is 3 feet. The object is a 6 foot long pole. The pole has a mark every inch. Will the number of pixels between the bottom 1 inch be the same number ...
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4 answers
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Does a macro lens have a smaller DOF in 'real-world' distances at the same focal length and aperture as other primes, why?

This question IS about: Does a macro lens have a shallower DOF at the same settings and focal length as another prime? If so, what in the optics is responsible for this? Using a Macro lens as a ...
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What are some tips for using a macro lens for non-macro photography?

I've seen this: Is a macro lens suitable for distant subjects - wildlife, sports, portraiture?, which says that macro lenses can be used for photography other than macro photography. But what are ...
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