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Prabhat Bhattacharya

Selective Focussing

What is selective focussing and how does one do it? As I am new to photography, would appreciate if I get the answers in a layman's terms. Thanks

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2/27/2004 11:32:36 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Using a wider aperture when taking a picture makes the area in the photograph where things appear in focus, narrower.
So if you were to take a photo of someone, like just their face, and you used a wide aperture, you could focus on their eyes, have just their eyes in focus. And everything else, such as their ears would be way out of focus.
So you are using a wide aperture and drawing attention to a certain aspect or area by having it in focus and everything else out of focus.

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2/28/2004 12:18:37 AM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  If you don't have or can't afford a wide aperture lens, you can also get your subject in focus and the background blurred by moving closer to the subject, and also getting more distance between your subject and the background.

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2/28/2004 6:21:46 AM

Robert Bridges   Selective focus is just what it says: Carefully choosing the area that you want to be sharp and knowing that just that one area will be sharp and everything else will be blurred. Technically it is accomplished by shooting the image with a wide aperture in the neighborhood of 2.8 -- 5.6.

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3/1/2004 2:51:00 PM

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