why are my photos blurry?

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  1. kitkatdubs

    kitkatdubs TPF Noob!

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    I'm trying to understand what Im doing wrong. Ive been practicing on friends and family lately using my 50mm lens. Yet, a lot of my group portrait shots are coming out blurry. When I take single photos of the kids, the photos come out crisp and clear. BUT all the photos of groups, came out blurry. I was shooting at ISO 400, f/5, 1/160 yet the photo is came out slightly blurry. On all my group shots, I used a high aperture to make sure everyone is in focus. SO my question is, am I standing TOO far back? Is there a point of being so far away that the subject becomes blurry? If I have all the right settings, shouldn't I be able to stand ANYWHERE and my photos should be tack sharp? TIA!!


     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It's very difficult to offer any meaningful insight without some example images to analyze. Post two or three, along with full EXIF data, and I'm sure we can suss it out.
     
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    Yup, post a pic with your settings.
     
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    From your description nothing pops out as you made a big mistake so only by analysing the picture we will be able to give you a better answer.
     
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    Just a guess, but maybe you are actually focusing on the background instead of your subjects. As everyone else says, its hard to say without an example. Post one or two.
     
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    Depending on the body you use and the distance of your subjects, your dof may be to narrow.
     
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    Are you saying that f/5 is a high aperture setting?
     
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    Are you focusing manually or in auto mode? If you are using AF are you using single point or more than a single point?

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    ISO 320, f/5, 1/160 - i was probably standing 20 feet away. hard to remember exactly but i was far in order to get the sun coming thru the corner. I'm shooting on my canon 50D w/ a 50mm lens.
     

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    This photo was also taken at same settings as above, just different location.
     

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    Maybe it's early, or maybe it's my eyes... either way, I'm not seeing the issue. The young girl's boots are sharp, Dad's sweater is sharp...
     
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    Ok b/c when I zoom in 100% in photoshop, it looks grainy/blurry. But when I zoom in 100% on the photos of on kid by themselves, the child is tack sharp! I don't get it!
     

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