Focus question on my d7000....

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Reyna, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. Reyna
    Offline

    Reyna New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2009
    Messages:
    309
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Texas
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +8 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    Ok, I just got my nikon d7000 today and it's quite a bit different than my d60. I'm trying to learn everything that is different about it and I just have a few questions that I can't figure out.

    I hope this is not too stupid of a question, but here goes.

    What I'm wanting to acheive is a large depth of field with more than 1 subject, not right beside each other. I've attached an example photo. I want to achieve a large depth of field AND have the flash light and sheep in focus but can't figure it out.

    I have the camera set on AF-S so I can choose my focus point. Then, I focus by pressing the shutter halfway, recompose, then snap. Of course, the focus point I choose is in focus (the flashlight) but how the heck do I get the sheep in focus too?


    [​IMG]
    006 by holly.reyna, on Flickr
  2. NayLoMo6C
    Offline

    NayLoMo6C Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2010
    Messages:
    819
    Likes Received:
    79
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +79 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    use a higher aperture like F8-F11, focus your lens 1/3 of the way in. tada!
  3. 480sparky
    Online

    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2011
    Messages:
    16,105
    Likes Received:
    5,295
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Iowa
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +5,378 / 1
    My Photos Are NOT OK to Edit
    Use manual focus & a smaller aperture.
  4. Reyna
    Offline

    Reyna New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2009
    Messages:
    309
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Texas
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +8 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    ok, i've never really manually focused but i'm off to try!
  5. 480sparky
    Online

    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2011
    Messages:
    16,105
    Likes Received:
    5,295
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Iowa
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +5,378 / 1
    My Photos Are NOT OK to Edit

    Start about 1/3 the distance between the flashlight and the sheep.
  6. mwcfarms
    Offline

    mwcfarms New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2010
    Messages:
    2,656
    Likes Received:
    178
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Southern Alberta
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +178 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    And by smaller aperture sparky means a larger number. Sometimes people see smaller aperture and think smaller numbers not opening.
  7. Tbini87
    Offline

    Tbini87 New Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2010
    Messages:
    575
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Chico, CA
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +8 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    It looks like you have a very shallow DOF (depth of field) in the example. Which focus mode won't really have an effect on the outcome if you have such shallow DOF. If you want more stuff in focus then use a smaller aperture by making your f/number bigger. So if you shot the example shot at f/2 then maybe use f/8 and see if there is enough DOF to get both subjects in focus.
  8. Reyna
    Offline

    Reyna New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2009
    Messages:
    309
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Texas
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +8 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    thank you guys. i know that a smaller aperture will give me less dof making more things in focus. i want a large dof and if i use a smaller aperture more of the background will be in focus. i just thought there was a setting that would make this possible. thanks for the replies.
  9. Ginu
    Offline

    Ginu New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2011
    Messages:
    419
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Vancouver BC
    Gallery:
    Ratings:
    +22 / 0
    My Photos Are OK to Edit
    Can't achieve what you want.


    With big apertures you get shallow depth of field and that's why the bokeh is so nice and soft. The smaller the aperture, the bigger the dof will be. You might want to take two pictures one focused on the sheep and one on the flashlight, then play with them in Photoshop and make one picture with both in focus.

    I did something similar the other day, took a pic of my family on the dock at night with a flash, then followed with a long exposure to get the downtown city lights then merged both making one overlapped picture.

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

cant set manual focus d7000

,
d7000 focal points
,

d7000 focus large group people

,

d7000 focus point

,

d7000 how to focus on more than one subject

,
how do i get d7000 to focus on more than one subject in aperture setting
,

how to focus d7000

,

how to focus on 3 subjects with the nikon d7000

,
how to focus on two subject on nikon d7000
,
how to get to the focus points on the d 7000
,
how to get two subjects in focus on nikon 7000
,
how to manually focus on more than one subject
,
how to put your nikon d7000 on single point focus
,

how to set single focus point in d7000

,
nikon d7000 manual focus point selection
,
nikon d7000 more in focus with focal points
,

nikon d7000 single point focus

,
set single point focus d7000
,
single focus more than one d7000
,

single focus point d7000