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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Is recomposing ideal rather than changing focus point?

Neither method is "ideal" for all situations. Sometimes one will do better, at other times the other will. There are several variables that affect when it is better to use the center AF point and ...
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Is recomposing ideal rather than changing focus point?

Disclaimer: This is the opinion of a semi-professional photographer - my professional work mostly consists of shots of groups of people, parties, and speeches, so usually, I do not have a lot of time ...
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Is it necessary to use focus point selection if I use back button focusing?

There’s a flaw in your understanding. Back button focus is a method for engaging the autofocus motor. Decoupling it from the shutter release (which locks exposure in Av/Tv modes) allows you to very ...
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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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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 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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Focussing area is different in live view than when viewed in viewfinder

When you focus using the focus points visible in the optical viewfinder, you are using phase-detect autofocus (PDAF). The sensors for are located on a secondary sensor that is not part of the imaging ...
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Focussing area is different in live view than when viewed in viewfinder

The focusing system used by the camera when you are using the viewfinder is an independent system from the focusing system used when you are using Live View. Each system is designed and operates ...
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Seeing behind objects

Well, bokeh (the blur) is the result of the camera looking effectively from everywhere in a disk-shaped area (the "entrance pupil" of apparent diameter f/a where f is the focal length and a ...
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Canon 7d & 24-70 ii - can't get a crisp or well exposed shot

If you buy a $2,200 lens expecting it to instantly improve your photographs by a factor of five over your $450 kit lens you're going to be severely disappointed every time. It is the photographer that ...
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Is there a way to lock the focus point on the Nikon D5500?

No, you cannot lock the focus point on the D5500. It does not have a focus-lock lever like the D7000 series models do, nor does it have that option in the menu. (It's one of the many little reasons ...
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Is it necessary to use focus point selection if I use back button focusing?

It is neither more nor less necessary to use focus point selection with back button focus than it is when activating focus with a half-press of the shutter button. The only thing moving AF from a ...
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How to identify main subject of the photo and set focus?

Well, I can't say for the particular model of your Nikon, but if you have live view, you can zoom in, and check the sharpness of the details of your subject. I suggest trying manual focusing, as ...
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How to identify main subject of the photo and set focus?

The subject in the first photo is the cutting tool on the stone. It is out of focus. The hands are mostly in focus, and the paint on the grinder is in focus. But the cutting is not. The second ...
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How to identify main subject of the photo and set focus?

Use higher f-stop, and possibly higher iso. For example, try f8 with iso of 400. Take a multiply number of shots to improve your ability to get a shot in focus. "The subject is not in focus" is a ...
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Distant objects not in focus

I think you are seeing the difference in the system limits between a 20MP camera with an APS-C (23.2 X 15.4 mm) sensor that has three times the areal size of a 20MP camera with a 1" type (13.2 x 8.8 ...
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MFT camera with quick focus point choice

When using the smaller viewfinder, the touchscreen remains active and can be used to select a focus point with, for example, your dominant hand thumb. This mechanism works with both Panasonic and ...
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Is recomposing ideal rather than changing focus point?

I'll start with your ending question: yes, I find myself having to delete quite a few out of focus shots while I wait for my AF to find my subject. Backing it up - I certainly move around my subject ...
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