Hello photo folk. Take a look at this for me, will you?
Yes. Yes, I know. Not one of us is in focus. Not a single one. I think I know why, but I’m not completely sure.
Let me rewind a bit: a friendly get together with some friends. “Bring your camera”, said my wife, “and you could get a really nice group shot.”
So I found a nice spot in the garden, and set up a few shots. The first ones were more like this:
And they didn’t work too well, but at least I know why: I’d managed to focus a bit too far away, with a narrow depth of field, so if you look carefully you can see that the fence behind us is more in focus that we are. Schoolboy error. Lesson learned. But then someone suggested “let’s get in height order”. And I added “line up towards the camera”. And before taking the shot, I remembered to drop the aperture as small as I could to throw the depth of focus wide open. Just to make sure, you know.
And the photo up the top was the result. No-one in focus at all. I’d have got a better result just bunging the camera into full auto mode. Or even using my phone.
So… Question for all you photographers out there.
What went wrong?
Here’s the vital statistics:
Camera: Canon 40D
Lens: Canon 18-55mm EF-S f3.5-5.6 IS
Focal length: 36mm
Mode: Aperture Priority
Manual focus, self timer so I could get into shot.
Photo one: Aperture f/29, speed 1/10
Photo two: Aperture f/10, speed 1/30
(PS: do not feel the need to mention they’re also both a bit overexposed. I know.)