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Anthony Green

Getting Foreground and Background Sharp

I am doing a shoot for a friend's company and I want to know how best to keep the people and background landscape sharp and in focus.

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7/2/2007 1:06:52 PM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  The short answer is to use the smallest aperture that will still give you a reasonable shutter speed. (f/8, f/11 or a higher f/number would work better than f/4 or f/5.6 If you're more used to shooting in auto modes, then use the landscape mode if your camera has one.

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7/2/2007 5:37:56 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Follow Chris' advice ... but critically focus on the people in the foreground. They are the primary point of interest, and even if the background is a little out of focus, it's doubtful that anyone will really care.
Also, a wide-angle lens will help you achieve your intended goal easier, but the trade-off will be smaller (more distant) background elements and possible distortion of the folks in the foreground.

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7/2/2007 6:01:01 PM

Anthony Green   Thanks I will let you know how it goes, and I will try my wide angle and then try the telephoto.

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7/3/2007 4:37:09 PM

Michael L. Seljos   You might also consider taking 2 or 3 horizontal shots and then stitching them together into a small panorama photo. I have used this technique many times very successfully for those situations where I don't have a lens that will work for what I want to do.

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7/10/2007 11:49:01 AM

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