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Focus, How do I?

Gary66 5 246 England
7 Oct 2012 7:11PM
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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Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
7 Oct 2012 7:21PM
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.

rogerfry 12 543 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 7:32PM
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.
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
7 Oct 2012 8:33PM
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 13 1.3k England
7 Oct 2012 10:02PM
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 ;=))
Gary66 5 246 England
7 Oct 2012 10:25PM
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 16 508 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 10:53AM
You might find this useful Gary: camera simulator
Gary66 5 246 England
8 Oct 2012 1:59PM
andart, that's a clever tool to have. Thanks
lemmy 11 2.7k United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 3:12PM

Quote:You might find this useful Gary: camera simulator

What a fun little program!
cheddar-caveman 14 1.1k England
8 Oct 2012 6:56PM
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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