What aperture for couple shots

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  1. Ilovelearning

    Ilovelearning TPF Noob!

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    I frequently miss focus on couple shoots. I need to know what aperture you guys suggest shooting at to keep both people in focus. I like shooting wide open where I will have alot of depth of field. What is the widest aperture I can go with?

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    why don't you just experiment and find out for yourself
     
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    There's your problem!

    Shooting wide open usually gives very little DOF.

    DOF is controlled by 4 things:
    1. lens focal length
    2. lens aperture
    3. subject to lens distance
    4. subject to background distance.
     
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    the widest aperture you can get completely depends on the lens you have so unless you post that information nobody can help you, also posting the camera details helps ....just post the whole lot :lol:
    about the aperture for my d40 with DX sensor anywhere between f8-f11 will give me maximum clarity and acceptable depth of field i never worked with couples but i think that should be just fine. I'm sure others will give better solution but either way post ur gear info first.
     
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    also when you have a very shallow DOF, I would use spot focusing. But making it deeper would help :).
     
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    Let me make sure i said what I meant.

    When I said wide open, I meant 2.8. I like shooting this because I blur the back ground in my pictures. When I shoot f16 or f8 I have to manually blur the backgrounds out in pp

    So what I'm trying to figure out is what is a good aperture to shoot at with a couple and still give me just my couple in focus and everything around them blur.

    I have a d90 my lens got to 2.8 to 22.

    I want everyone in my group to be sharp. Wtih 2.8 if someone is leaning back a little, i miss and they are not sharp.

    will something like 4.5 or 5.6 allow me to get everyone in focus even if they are a tad bit behind the other person. Or should I got with something around 8.

    Is my question clearer this time. Thanks for the hlep to guys.
     
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    I'm about to check out spot focusing, but why do you recommend it?
     
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    Forgive my english, please. I am still learning your language.
     
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    If you included your general location in your profile, we would know in advance to take your language capabilities into account.
     
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    Like someone said, knowing what equipment you have is needed.

    You can look at this too though. Its a chart to find out how much will be in focus giving your distance from subject and f-stop. Depth of Field Table
     
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    I said I have a d90 and a 5mm 1.8 and another lens with 2.8 - 22, no problem if you missed it.

    The chart is good, but I do not understand it. Can you help?

    On the chart its says at a distance of 5 feet at aperture 2.8, near is 4' 10.2'' and far is 5' 2". What does this mean in regards to what is being blurred and what is not. I am sorry I do not understand. Any help is really appreciated. Can you word it like you were talking to a dumb A**. Again, sorry I'm not just picking this chart up.
     

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