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Focus point causing unsharp images?

I don't think you're lacking in sharpness: at full size, the image you post shows sharp eyelashes and teeth. If you are using a large aperture (<F2), that explains the unsharp ears. When you ...
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Focus point causing unsharp images?

Looking at the example image at full magnification, it seems that the sharpest part of the boy's face is the tip of his nose. If you look at his left hand (camera right), you see that the area from ...
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Which focus mode should I use for a portrait shoot?

The best thing to do is to manually select the focus point closest to what you want to be the point of focus, and if necessary recompose only slightly from there. That's because turning the camera to ...
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If I'm using only one focus point, am I doing it wrong?

Modern auto-focus systems are designed to accommodate a wide range of shooting applications that require different ways of using the auto-focus system. Which way is the best for you depends on several ...
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How to use focus points in manual focus mode on Canon EOS 6D?

1) Manual focus means you must turn the focus ring to change the focus distance of the lens. Anytime the camera moves the focus point of the lens you are using autofocus (AF). With the Canon EOS ...
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How can I effectively use the focus points (of Canon DSLR), to get accurate focus on a small subject?

You're going to have a very tough time shooting far-away birds with that setup. Capturing birds-in-flight is one of the most challenging forms of photography there is in terms of gear limitations and ...
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I don't need anything to be blurred. I need everything to be focused

What you need is high depth of field. That means the distance range from the camera where subjects are acceptably in focus is longer. You say depth of field is not the issue since the background is ...
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How to focus on more objects at the same time while maintaining shallow DOF?

How can I focus on more objects, say three dogs sitting in front of you, while maintaining a nice background blur/shallow DOF? I have a kit lens ranging from 18-55mm with a variable aperture of f/3.5-...
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Seeing behind objects

Note that the same thing is occurring along the left arm as well (e.g. the text "scandinavian"). The first thing to understand is that; at every point on the objective lens there is a ...
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How to shoot/capture the droplets of water being sprayed through a spray bottle

Freezing motion is about controlling the light, more importantly it's about controlling the amount of time the light will strike the sensor. To do that, you have two basic options: Shutter speed ...
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How do I determine focus points in Adobe Lightroom?

I've published a plugin recently which does what you are looking for: http://www.lightroomfocuspointsplugin.com It currently works in Lightroom 5, currently for all Canon + Nikon DSLR, additional ...
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Nikon D3300 - Trouble Focusing on Birds both Stationary & Moving

As a bird photographer (I was founder of the bird photography group on G+) I have to say that photographing birds is hard. The areas around birds tend to be clutters (leaves, branches, etc) and this ...
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Nikon D3300 - Trouble Focusing on Birds both Stationary & Moving

When you use a larger sensored camera, you're going to be working with a thinner depth of field either due to using a longer lens, or from being closer to the subject to get the same framing. The ...
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What are the pros and cons of using macro rail vs lens focus?

A macro lens' maximum magnification can only be achieved at minimum focus. So to get maximum magnification you must move the camera towards or away from the subject to focus a specific area of it. ...
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Where do we focus when shooting cars in a street?

In general, you'd want to focus on a spot midway, to slightly closer than midway, between near and far objects of interest. So, if your shot includes cars 1-4 blocks away, focus on a car ~2 blocks ...
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Which focus mode should I use for a portrait shoot?

If you have the luxury to focus with the center point and recompose, then this is your best solution. This is because the center point is the most sensible AF point and will nail the focus the best. ...
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What's the advantage of many autofocus points rather than fewer spread wider across the field?

This is a bit of an apples and oranges comparison, because the D610 is a full frame camera. isn't it more comfortable to have less focus points wider spread over the whole field instead of like 50 ...
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Best technique for taking sharp photos with only a few auto focus points?

There is nothing wrong with the technique you are currently using, in fact its probably the most logical approach to the problem. I use a very similar methodology, especially when I have to shoot ...
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Focus point causing unsharp images?

If you shoot your 85mm f/1.4 or f/1.8 wide open at a close distance - you DoF is quite tiny (http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html to the rescue). It's really hard to tell looking at the small example ...
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Is recomposing ideal rather than changing focus point?

As a beginner in photography I’ve stumbled across several videos stating that the center point is the sharpest and most accurate point as apposed to the others. Not necessarily. Cross-Type autofocus ...
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What could cause the focus to be off in some images and not others?

Here are a few things about "AF points" that a lot of folks don't know: Most AF "points" are larger than the squares used to represent each one in your camera's viewfinder. An AF "point" is defined ...
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How can I focus when my camera is on a tripod and none of the focus points line up?

I have two observations, the second of which really presents at least one possible answer. This problem doesn't seem specific to using a camera on a tripod. It seems that you want a composition where ...
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How can I focus when my camera is on a tripod and none of the focus points line up?

Taking the comments into account, your only option is to use live view mode (whether you prefer it or not) or buy a new camera. You cannot create focus points from thin air and your plane of focus ...
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What's the advantage of many autofocus points rather than fewer spread wider across the field?

Depends on what you're shooting, but usually, yes, it is much better to have more focus points. There are cameras with just one focusing point (eg. Hasselblad) but usually, especially when you shoot ...
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Why is the focus indicator light always on in single point focus mode on my D7000?

When using single point focus, you need to line up your subject and focus point selection for focusing, so the information on selected focus point location is useful even before auto focus has not yet ...
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If I'm using only one focus point, am I doing it wrong?

Don't feel bad about using a single focus point in the center. That's what I do too most of the time. Often enough the main point of a picture doesn't appear in the center, and the automatic system ...
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How do I select a single AF point with Canon EOS 100D

It is perfectly possible to select one point and still use the viewfinder. I am attaching the manual page. Just make sure that you are in one of the letter modes (e.g. select P on the top dial) ...
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How do I take a sharp picture of a large crowd of faces?

Are you limited to just one shot? If not, take several at different apertures , and check the rear of the screen making sure that everyone in the extremeties is in focus. Something like f/8 would be a ...
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How do I take a sharp picture of a large crowd of faces?

Well. In reality you do not have too many options. Let me summarize what will happen. Forget the focal length. Just use it for the composition. Normally a smaller focal length keeps more into focus. ...
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How to focus on multiple object of interest

If you have regular lens there is only one plane field that is in focus and its norm is perpendicular to the sensor. Period. If you have tilt lens there is only one plane that is in focus but it may ...
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