Potential dead horse: how bad is FF's deep DoF disadvantage?

Started Mar 5, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Working with a shallow DoF

Karaya wrote:


Here is another coffee shop example showing how razor thin the DOF can be on FF. In less then full length portraits opening up to less then f2 with FF becomes very challenging. You can end up with nothing but one eye perfectly sharp.

I actually think this is a pretty good shot! Razor thin DoF is a challenge, but you can learn to deal with it just like any other challenge in photography. Only one eye in focus? Move so that the focal plane hits both eyes (or ask your subject to turn her head just a little). Focus peaking or magnification really helps for this sort of thing, but is not absolutely necessary.

Just because a technique is challenging does not mean it should be avoided!

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