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  1. blitzkrieg69

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    first off, I'm a NOOB!

    my problem/question is that i cant seem to get the right focus on pictures where i would say lay on the road or along the side of a bridge.(hard for me to explain) here is a sample picture to help explain more.(i took this)

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    like how its just focused on that spot and not most of the rail and before the focal point. unlike this picture i found on the internet.

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    was i too close? do i need to step back then crop some out?

    thanks in advance
     
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    What you are talking about is called Depth of Field, often abbreviated here as DOF. To get more of your railing in focus you need to use a smaller aperture which is achieved be setting it to a larger number: larger number=smaller opening=more DOF. Does your camera allow you to adjust aperture?
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    also heres the settings:Nkon D40 w/18-55mm
    Exposure- 0.003
    aperture- F/5.3
    ISO- 800
     
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    Set the camera to Aperture Priority, close the aperture down to f/8 or f/16 re-take the shot, and see what the DOF does. You should get much mre of the railing in focus...JSD
     
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    ok will do, thanks for your help
     

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