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12-22-2011, 04:16 AM   #16
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You have to ask yourself why are you using iso 100 and not 1600 or something similar.

12-22-2011, 08:55 AM   #17
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Hi Mike,

Actually I think you will find that no matter what you shoot with, this particular shot is a very tricky shot you are trying to do.
But, to begin with, go to this link to see a DOF calculator.

Online Depth of Field Calculator

This calculator allows you to input your camera type, your lens, and how far your subject is from you - and you can see how far the tree can be for it to maintain sharpness. Using this tool also allows you to understand better the relationship between your lens size, camera type, to the DOF - which is the answer to your question as your point and shoot is a different camera with a different lens on it.

By the way, now that you know about focal length, aperture, etc...grab your point and shoot and examine the lens - most of them have it written on it. You'd be surprised to find out that usually your point and shoot covers a longer focal length, and have pretty respectable aperture window as well.
12-23-2011, 06:43 AM   #18
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Mike, you have a very challenging shot there for just about any camera. The ratio of the distance of the camera to subject vs. camera to tree made getting both sharp almost impossible, even at a high ISO and small lens aperture, both of which can introduce other problems. My first suggestion would have been to back up even five feet or so even if it meant you couldn't take an upper body portrait style photograph. Rhodopsin's comment about backing up and using a longer focal length if you're shooting with a zoom is good advice.

The area where your wife was standing looks pretty dark compared to the center of the shopping center so flash was a good idea. I would have looked around to see if I could bounce the flash off of something, especially a wall or ceiling which might give a color I could match up with the lighting around the tree making it easy to adjust both later. It's awkward but a note card or some paper stock can be used even with a pop-up flash.

Finally, it's common to be warned about avoiding intrusion objects in shots (the handrail across the tree) but the handrail here added to this photograph giving it a sense of place, it added something visual which frames your subject and gave her something to do (she leaned on the handrail), and it provided a nice somewhat middle ground component in the shot. Besides, it's a photo of your wife and not really the tree.

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