# Thread: General guideline for best shooting distance

1. ## General guideline for best shooting distance

Dear Guys,

What's the general guidelines for judging subject to camera's 'best' shooting distance without refering to teh DOF calculator and assuming effects are not important here?

for eg, the guideline for shutter speed is 1/X, where x is the focal length. and the guideline for ISO is 200 for day and 400 when dark or indoor.

thanks for taking time to reply

2. ## Re: General guideline for best shooting distance

any... you can't specify this... how do you expect a landscape to have same shooting distance as a macro?
even for landscape, it could be something near like river, or something far infinity like the sky.

3. ## Re: General guideline for best shooting distance

Originally Posted by ExplorerZ
any... you can't specify this... how do you expect a landscape to have same shooting distance as a macro?
even for landscape, it could be something near like river, or something far infinity like the sky.
actually, the good old manual focus lens have the DOV markings. from the aperture, and focusing distant, you can know roughly the DOV.

4. ## Re: General guideline for best shooting distance

Originally Posted by iltriumph
Dear Guys,

What's the general guidelines for judging subject to camera's 'best' shooting distance without refering to teh DOF calculator and assuming effects are not important here?

for eg, the guideline for shutter speed is 1/X, where x is the focal length. and the guideline for ISO is 200 for day and 400 when dark or indoor.

thanks for taking time to reply
1. you need to have a distance longer than the minimum focusing distance specified by individual lens

2. the best shooting distance depends on
- how big you want your subject to be in the frame, e.g. a small person 1/3 the height of a tree that fills the picture from top to bottom, or a face that fills the picture from top to bottom
- how comfortable you are standing from your current position, e.g. you may not want to shoot a girl whom you see on the street from 2m away.
- how far the focal length of your lens can reach.

if you are talking about where to focus on in a wide landscape (how far the distance to focus on), then that is a different story

5. ## Re: General guideline for best shooting distance

thank u all for your replies

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