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Optimal Focusing in Macro Photography

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In this chapter from Macro Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Rob Sheppard discusses the second challenge, focusing so that the shot makes sense to the viewer; and the third challenge—also related to focus—controlling depth of field when you’re going close.
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Focus point, depth of field, and sharpness

In the previous chapter I covered the first challenge, controlling camera movement during exposure, to achieve sharper photos. In this chapter I’ll discuss the second challenge, focusing so that the shot makes sense to the viewer; and the third challenge—also related to focus—controlling depth of field when you’re going close.

What is sharp in the image? Where should your sharpness be emphasized? How do you determine the best depth of field for a particular shot? These are challenges that all close-up photographers face.

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