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    Hi,

    where to focus when we shoot 17mm focal length in an image? I shoot some landscapes in India and found most them not sharp or completly focus when i check on the computer. Is there any option in to shoot in infinity mode to get everything sharp in an image?
    pls help

    Subhash

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    all shoot in infinite focus and stop it down (ie smaller aperture)

    also, remember if u're using DSLR or any digicam, u need some post-processing (ie USM)

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    Where to focus can be subjective according to ur creativity and composition hence may have some variations.

    To keep good depth of field with a wide angle lens I keep it simple by stepping down to f8-11 and focus somewhere from a third to the middle of the picture. ( my lazy rule of thumb doesn always apply , occassionally i get caught when i go home and review the shots )

    The knowledge of hyperfocal focusing to maximise depth of field with a smaller aperture might be useful, but most of the time i got minimal time for more meddling.

    Alternatively on a DSLR, tilting the lens plane and stepping down can give u much more DOF than normal would

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    Last edited by giantcanopy; 27th August 2008 at 03:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbsubhash View Post
    Hi,

    where to focus when we shoot 17mm focal length in an image? I shoot some landscapes in India and found most them not sharp or completly focus when i check on the computer. Is there any option in to shoot in infinity mode to get everything sharp in an image?
    pls help

    Subhash
    show the picture. it really depends on what you're talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    show the picture. it really depends on what you're talking about.
    how to add photos here? my camera is nikon d80 with kit lense
    Last edited by pbsubhash; 27th August 2008 at 10:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbsubhash View Post
    how to add photos here? my camera is nikon d80 with kit lense
    you need to upload the image to either an external gallery or the clubsnap galleries

    and then, find out how to link them (it depends).. and then use [img] and

    [/img] tags to insert picture

    alternatively, you can just show us the link to the external site you have linked it to, where it is on display.. just need a look at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcanopy View Post
    Where to focus can be subjective according to ur creativity and composition hence may have some variations.

    To keep good depth of field with a wide angle lens I keep it simple by stepping down to f8-11 and focus somewhere from a third to the middle of the picture. ( my lazy rule of thumb doesn always apply , occassionally i get caught when i go home and review the shots )

    The knowledge of hyperfocal focusing to maximise depth of field with a smaller aperture might be useful, but most of the time i got minimal time for more meddling.

    Alternatively on a DSLR, tilting the lens plane and stepping down can give u much more DOF than normal would

    Ryan
    Thanks for your reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    you need to upload the image to either an external gallery or the clubsnap galleries

    and then, find out how to link them (it depends).. and then use [img] and

    [/img] tags to insert picture

    alternatively, you can just show us the link to the external site you have linked it to, where it is on display.. just need a look at it.
    THis is one of them..
    Last edited by pbsubhash; 27th August 2008 at 10:50 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbsubhash View Post
    sorry, do you have a version with the exif data, or can you just find out the exif data from original so we can see the settings used?

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    f/8, 1.250, iso-500 focal length-18mm

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    Apply the rule of two-thirds.

    If, for some reason, you want to accent the vastness of the land position the mountain/horizon a little bit higher (lesser sky, more green field).

    Otherwise, if you want to accent the sky (cloud formation, etc.), position the mountain a little bit lower (more sky, lesser green field).

    And as most have suggested, focus to infinity and smaller aperture.

    Basically, you need to read up more on:

    1. rule of two thirds
    2. aperture and DOF


    and just in case you don't know how to focus to infinity, read you camera and lens manuals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbsubhash View Post
    f/8, 1.250, iso-500 focal length-18mm
    then the picture should be relatively fine. this is not one which requires extreme depth of field.

    so the only conclusion is either the softness present is due to one of 4:

    1) noise reduction in camera or post process equivalent
    2) hand shake (unlikely, but not impossible if there is no correct hand holding technique)
    3) your picture quality is not set to max, leading to jpg compression
    4) the scene itself is soft due to mist, i personally think this is the most likely

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbsubhash View Post
    THis is one of them..
    tink you "overshot" on your infinity.

    Did you use AF or MF?

    I don't use Nikon, but IIRC, once subject is in focus, you should get focus confirmation in your VF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CYRN View Post
    tink you "overshot" on your infinity.

    Did you use AF or MF?

    I don't use Nikon, but IIRC, once subject is in focus, you should get focus confirmation in your VF.
    i used AF.. i dont know how to shoot infinity mode in d80
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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    then the picture should be relatively fine. this is not one which requires extreme depth of field.

    so the only conclusion is either the softness present is due to one of 4:

    1) noise reduction in camera or post process equivalent
    2) hand shake (unlikely, but not impossible if there is no correct hand holding technique)
    3) your picture quality is not set to max, leading to jpg compression
    4) the scene itself is soft due to mist, i personally think this is the most likely
    thanks for your valuable time and comment.. i also feel that picture look soft.. many of may pictures looks almost same..
    Last edited by pbsubhash; 27th August 2008 at 11:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbsubhash View Post
    Hi,

    where to focus when we shoot 17mm focal length in an image? I shoot some landscapes in India and found most them not sharp or completly focus when i check on the computer. Is there any option in to shoot in infinity mode to get everything sharp in an image?
    pls help

    Subhash
    What's your aperture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by checkers View Post
    What's your aperture?
    f/8, 1/250, iso-500 focal length-18mm

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