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    Gary66  2158 forum posts England
    7 Oct 2012 - 7:11 PM

    If you get the time, can you visit my page and view my photo Hide and seek. What settings if any are there on my camera that would of brought the greenery (fore) into more focus?
    I am a complete novice who just wants to enjoy taking photos and learn as I go along, please could you put comments in laymens terms as i am totally inexperienced. Thanks for your time. Gary.

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    Hi Gary,
    Sounds as if you could do with a visit to the 'critique gallery,' the whole purpose of which is to answer questions, just like this one and to offer advice and feedback.
    You'll be very welcome.


    Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 7 Oct 2012 - 7:21 PM
    rogerfry e2 Member 9509 forum postsrogerfry vcard United Kingdom
    7 Oct 2012 - 7:32 PM

    Quick answer is to use a smaller aperture ........but why would you want the greenery in focus?..-it would detract from the shot, rather than add to it.

    7 Oct 2012 - 8:33 PM

    To answer your question seriously, you should have focussed at the hyperfocal distance, which is probably about the nearest edge of the boat. That, maybe with a smaller aperture, would have got more of the shot into focus. But, like RogerFry, I agree that having the foreground foliage in focus would detract from the shot.

    MikeA  91176 forum posts England
    7 Oct 2012 - 10:02 PM

    You may find this link / site a useful supplement to EPZ.


    Best leave the leaves out of focus or if you really want them in focus get rid of boat and ducks ;=))

    Last Modified By MikeA at 7 Oct 2012 - 10:04 PM
    Gary66  2158 forum posts England
    7 Oct 2012 - 10:25 PM

    Thank you all for your advice, I will put this into practice, maybe I will see for myself that sharper focusing would detract from my photo. Gary.

    andart  12480 forum posts United Kingdom
    8 Oct 2012 - 10:53 AM

    You might find this useful Gary: camera simulator

    Gary66  2158 forum posts England
    8 Oct 2012 - 1:59 PM

    andart, that's a clever tool to have. Thanks

    lemmy  71938 forum posts United Kingdom
    8 Oct 2012 - 3:12 PM

    Quote: You might find this useful Gary: camera simulator

    What a fun little program!


    Smaller aperture certainly but that would also mean a slower shutter speed to maintain exposure, which might mean blurred ducks if they were moving a lot! If you've had a play with andart's simulator you can see the effect of varying the various parameters.

    As has also been said, the ducks/boat are the subject of the picture, you don't always want every thing in focus, makes things stand out better with a "mask" of soft focus.

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