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Old Nov 20, 2011, 7:40 PM   #1
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I'm new to this forum and also consider myself a bit of a newbie with DSLR photography. I love my T1i, but recently portraits of my daughter have been out of focus. I used my 50mm 1.8 canon lens and also the Tamron 18-200 with the below photos. I used the top center focus point and the focus point was always on my daughters face. I also used a tripod. I believe I'm having an issue with DOF but wanted to get some professional advise and not guess at what I'm doing wrong. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Old Nov 21, 2011, 5:09 AM   #2
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Your images don't have any EXIF data, so we can't see the camera settings or the lens used. Do you have these photos available on any photo sharing sites? (Flickr, SmugMug, etc.)
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Old Nov 21, 2011, 1:43 PM   #3
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G'day mate

Looking closely at your images -as best I can via a download- I see the following...


If my observations are correct, it seems to me that a) you are shooting in difficult / low light conditions and using maximum aperture. Therefore you have less than max sharpness & little / no Depth of Field, and b) you're just like me 'cos I do lots of this sort of stuff too

For myself, I have to do it again via
1- using a higher ISO to get a better set of speeds & apertures;
2- using a tripod to help with camera shake, and
3- trying to persuade the subject to 'be still' for just a moment in time to minimise subject movement ...

Hope this helps a bit
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Looks like motion blur to me.
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Looks like movement to me too
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I'm not so sure. Motion blur, whether it be from subject movement or camera shake, tends to be very directional. That is, the blur would appear in one direction, but not another. I don't think that's what we're seeing here.
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I would still very much like to see the EXIF data, but just for the heck of it, I'd also like to see the results from the Focus Test Chart.
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I"m having a similar issue with mine........ the focus part
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