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Old Mar 23, 2004, 9:51 AM   #11
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D'oh! I used the wrong term. :shock: ops: Sorry about that. I meant the area of your picture that is affected by the DOF. Let me restate that. The smaller the distance between your camera and the object of focus, (in general) the smaller the DOF will be. The futher away the object in focus, (in general) the larger the DOF will be.
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Old Mar 23, 2004, 11:34 AM   #12
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So, when I'm making a portrait vs. a landscape shot and I set the shutter speed and apreture....... should I use the manuel focus... or leave the camera to do the work?
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So, when I'm making a portrait vs. a landscape shot and I set the shutter speed and apreture....... should I use the manuel focus... or leave the camera to do the work?
Experiment and find out. I suspect it will depend on how well the manual focus on your camera works so you are likely to have inconsistant results with manual focus.

One good test subject is a brick wall that stretches away from you if you have one handy. A row of fence posts is good as well. Shots of yard/meter sticks don't represent what you are trying to do with landscape photos - work with something on the scale of what you are going to be shooting. You will be able to see where it is in good enough focus, you can do any measurements along the wall to get distance (pacing is good enough), and you will be able to read the EXIF data to see what f/stop was used for the shot.
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