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Subjects not focused when they are too far away

I recently bought a Nikkor 200-500 f/5.6 lens. I've been trying it out with several kinds of subjects and results have been a little mixed. When the subjects are close the focus is sharp. This bird ...
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What does pixel width mean in the context of calculating camera placement distance?

I am setting up cameras for an experiment filming animals. In a experimental protocol paper that I'm following, it states that: Based on a pinhole camera model, the bound x_min on the pixel span of ...
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Is x50 zoom camera able to zoom 500 meter target area from a 6 km distance?

I have a x50 zoom camera and here is some specs of the camera and lens: Focal length: 6 mm ~ 300 mm Field of view: 58.4° ~ 1.4° Resolution: 2 MP I drew a scheme to explain my question properly, you ...
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Would an MFT to EF speedbooster on an MFT camera help me photograph and record backyard wildlife?

Upon learning that an Olympus 12-200mm with a 16.6x zoom will not be produce an equivalent or better zoom range as a Canon 70-300mm (see my previous question), I now pose the question: Would it make ...
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Backyard wildlife zoom question factoring distance

I'm quite new to photograhpy/videography and I only have a limited budget of $800.00US for a lens. As per Kai's request allow me to pose the question centered around the discussion I initiated: Which ...
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Finding real life width and height knowing camera properties and distance to object [duplicate]

I'm trying to basically find the width and height of someone's face I know the following: distance from face to camera in mm the sensor height in mm the focal distance in mm distance in pixels ...
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Is there any way to know the distance between the camera and the focused subject

I am using Nikon D3500 but the question may be of a general nature. I understand that the Camera measures distance between the subject in focus and the Camera for deciding the flash light requirements ...
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Calculation of the heigth of the camera

I am trying to find the height of a drone using the camera only. I can calculate the distance of the object top and bottom. Object is a square platform with width=0.2m. I used the equation provided by ...
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Distance from camera to have the photo print out as it's actual size [closed]

How far do I need to be in order to take an actual size photo of an object that's 6.25 inches by 6.25 or, if you prefer; 158.25mm X 158.75mm?
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Does aperture really matter if the subject distance is large?

I have calculated the depth of field for my Sony RX100M3. I have done so numerous times for all three parameters: focal length, subject distance and apperture. I noticed that for sufficiently large ...
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angle of view and distance from subject calculation for a smartphone

I would like to calculate the angle of view of a photo taken by a smartphone, in order and estimate the distance from a subject of a specific size. Let's do calculation for a Samsung S7, which has a ...
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How to find an angle and a distance for clicking picture of a distorted artwork to achieve 3D effect?

If you know about 3D pencil artworks, you would know people draw it distorted (generally length is enlarged i.e., stretched from bottom to top) first and then click a picture at some angle (30-40 ...
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Will upgrading from P900 to Nikon D500 and a 200-400 lens make my bird photographs sharper?

I am using a Nikon P900 and although I love the camera the image quality is not always as sharp as it could be. Also it is just 3 years old and is falling to bits although i do use it daily. As most ...
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How do I calculate how high a camera needs to be to fit an object in the frame based on its field of view?

I'm doing a computer vision application related to snooker for my dissertation. In a section of my report, I’m talking about cameras and it would be good if I’m able to do the calculation stated above....
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Light falloff - until lens surface, focal center, or camera sensor?

Preface: if there is a better-suited forum for this question, please direct me. I figured it'd be better to post into Photography and not Physics as some of you might have already examined this ...
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Measure in photo formula help

Good Day I am trying to measure the width of an object in a photo as accurate as possible using the formula found in a previous question. Distance to object(mm)=f(mm) x real height(mm)x image ...
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How to accurately determine the size of a nearby object (~15cm) using the autofocus focus distance?

The problem I'm trying to determine the size of an object using the focus distance determined by the autofocus of a smartphone camera (Galaxy Note 8). But I don't seem to be able to get an accurate ...
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What is 'sensor height?'

The accepted answer to the question, How do I calculate the distance of an object in a photo?, refers to sensor height. What is sensor height and how do find/calculate it in this context? I'm using a ...
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In photography and videography, what is a long shot / wide shot?

I was trying to find out what a "wide shot" is. I figured it should be an industry standard term. I searched Google with various search terms like: photography what does it mean to take a wide shot ...
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Why doesn't the focus distance at which my lens has magnification 1 match the formula?

From the Magnification Wikipedia page, I have the following equality: M = di/do = f/(do – f) = (di – f)/f with M the magnification, f the focal length, do the distance from the subject to the lens,...
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Simulating increasing image distance

I have a set of aerial images, but no information about the original camera or angular resolution of the photos. I need to in some way decrease the resolution of the images in a way that simulates ...
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Why is distance absent from the exposure triangle?

With exposure calculations, there are aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Correspondingly, flash and light meters gives you the aperture (as an f-number) and shutter speed for a given ISO. However, ...
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Angles and distances for photogarametry

I want to photoshoot rocks which are about 20cm by 20cm by 20cm and make a 3D model of it. I am yet to find the software to create the 3D model but might use VisualSFM. Question is what angles, ...
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Calculate the distance of an object in a photo Android [duplicate]

https://photo.stackexchange.com/a/12437/61513 here is a formula for calculating distance if we know the size of the object. Can I use this method for photos/frames made by Android cameras? And if I ...
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Physical Distances at the edge of a photo compared to the center

If I take a photo with a camera facing straight down onto a flat surface (no tilt), will 1 cm of the surface be represented by the same number of pixels at both the edge of the camera and the center ...
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How to get someone razor-sharp from head to toe from a distance of 12 feet (3-4 meter)?

I have tried several apertures, but I still can't get the entire body of the subject to be super-sharp. When the subject extends the arms, I find the hands to be less sharp than the eyes. I'm using a ...
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Can we calculate object distances by changing camera position and "measuring" pixel sizes of objects

I am not sure if this is a telemetry question or simple geometry but came across to similar questions in this forum, but I think this is a bit different; and actually "simpler" (compared to "autofocus"...
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Why do you need to change your position rather than just focal length to affect perspective?

Why must you change your distance from an object to change your perspective of it? Why is it not sufficient to change the focal length of your lens (the zoom level) to change your perspective?
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DOF change when keeping subject size same in the frame

What I have heard is you get more background blur (narrow DoF) with lenses with longer focal lengths. And another thing to get narrow DOF is the distance between the subject and the sensor, the lesser ...
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How to determine film size from smartphone image exif data?

I took an image from my phone and got its exif data below. It was a samsung note 4, which uses a 35mm film size (24x36) with a 43.27 diagonal. But what I am trying to figure out is the sensor diagonal ...
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Calculation for getting dimension of object in image not working

I am trying to calculate the dimensions of an object in an image. This is a sample image I took to get height of blue shirt: I am following the math from this page with sastanin's answer. How do I ...
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Converting FOV to Distance?

I have a camera with CS mount and I am now trying to figure out the best fixed-lens to buy so that my camera can see the object at a distance of 5" without the object looking like a tiny dot, it is ...
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What lens will let me take a photo of a bird high up in a tree?

What lens would work for a canon 6D to take up close photos of birds far away in the trees? My Canon 100mm-400mm lens just doesn't get that close.
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Is there a difference between taking a far shot on a 50mm lens and a close shot on a 35mm lens?

I am looking for a prime lens to pick up, and I'm wondering if there is any difference between 35mm and 50mm in terms of the end product if I just stand back more with the 50mm. I use the Sony a6000 ...
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Setup for taking photos of large flat surfaces (maps/plans/textiles) at limited distance

My Problem ist actually simple: I am trying to take photos of flat surface items (large flags, large maps, antique rugs and so on) in a room that does not offer enough height. I have been "...
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Is it possible to calculate the distance to an object using two pictures taken a few cm apart?

Is it possible to calculate the distance of an object to the camera with two pictures which are taken a few cm apart? We are able to estimate the distance with our eyes. But is it possible to do it ...
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What kind of lens to use to get sharp images of people from a distance?

I am looking to buy a new lens and want something that will produce sharp images of people from a distance. I currently have a 50mm prime lens and my close-up portraits are great - crisp and clear - ...
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I have camera specifications but don't know the actual focal length

I'm trying to figure out the focal length of my camera. I'm trying to figure out the distance from my camera to an object using the equation listed here (How do I calculate the distance of an object ...
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How can I determine the distance to a subject in a old photo with little other information?

My question is similar to this one, but I don't know how accurate the formula will work with old photos. If I assume that the runners would be 1m80 (5'11"), would it possible to estimate how far ...
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How do I measure the distance from an object to fit it in the screen? [duplicate]

I'm curious if there is any math formula for this. Let's take a close-up of a human face for instance, given the human face is about 20cm/8 inches, how do I choose the right focal length and from ...
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Is the distance scale on a lens linear?

I have Nikon lenses with distance scales on them so I can set the lenses to the hyperfocal distance when I need. Say now the focal length is 28mm and the aperture is f/16. The corresponding ...
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At what distance from the lens will the image be in focus given a subject distance and focal length? [closed]

I've been trying to figure this one out for more than an hour now and I have no idea how to calculate this... You capture a picture of a tree which is standing 3m away from the camera. The focal ...
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What is ideal distance to subject for head and shoulder portraits?

Perspective is a matter of distance and has an effect on facial features and the observed three-dimensional feeling in a two-dimensional photograph. Proper lighting is a big part of this, but that's ...
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How do I convert focal length to maximum distance?

I would like to know whether there is any relation between focal length and distance. For example, what is the max distance I can shoot from a 55mm-300mm lens?
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How do I calculate what the working distance will be with a macro reversed lens setup?

Once I got hooked up on macro photography and bought a 105mm 1:1 macro lens. I really like the lens and it also gives me a decent working distance. However, I started being obsessed with getting ...
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What is the image size of the Sun / Moon in the frame with a given focal length?

I'm interested in taking a picture of the Sun / Moon using a telephoto lens. For example like this. It would be very helpful for me to know what the approximate image size of the sun / moon would ...
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Can a telephoto lens have a wide field of view?

85mm-135mm lenses are great for portraits because of compression perspective distortion, meaning they flatten facial features. However at those focal lengths, you have to step back a few meters from ...
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How to take a moving object(far distance) in outdoor low light situation?

It's always been tricky to me how to take a far distance picture(moving) in a low light situation. I don't think flashlight would help in this case since it can't reach to the moving object. For ...
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What factors determine the size of focus step done with remote shooting?

When a DSLR camera is used for remote shooting, corresponding software usually provides very simple way to change focus position: small, medium and large steps forward or backward. This is how it ...
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Finding the point corresponding to a known height in an image

I have an image of a wall taken from a phone camera from a known height h from the ground. Assume that the camera was held perfectly parallel to the wall and that the bottom of the image is perfectly ...
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