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    I have noticed that I have a problem getting a groups faces in focus usually its just a group of say 6 and the outside two on each end are not sharp. Any pointers on how to do a better job of getting focus?
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    Lyn, can you post an example with the EXIF? You might be shooting at too wide an aperture.
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    Susan,



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    Camera: Nikon D5000
    Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
    Aperture: f/5.6
    Focal Length: 55 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: -1/3 EV
    Flash: On, Return detected
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    I took a good look at the large version on Flickr, and honestly they all look acceptably sharp to me....however I do need new glasses so perhaps someone else will chime in.
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    I might close down a stop or two, those kit lenses are not that sharp as you open up. Also, was this your 18-55 maxed out, or the 55-200 on minimum? These lenses also are not as good pushed so you would be better off using the middle of the zoom range. Try the same shot with the 55-200 at about 100mm an f8 and see what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusanH1970 View Post
    I took a good look at the large version on Flickr, and honestly they all look acceptably sharp to me....however I do need new glasses so perhaps someone else will chime in.
    Well there one with a problem doesnt have the exif attached but I'll upload it here its one I'm throughing out for many reason but wonder what I'm doing wrong. I was in Shutter mode I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flea77 View Post
    I might close down a stop or two, those kit lenses are not that sharp as you open up. Also, was this your 18-55 maxed out, or the 55-200 on minimum? These lenses also are not as good pushed so you would be better off using the middle of the zoom range. Try the same shot with the 55-200 at about 100mm an f8 and see what happens.

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    the flickr picture is with my 18-55. Ok I'll try that and see if that helps I see that on the recent picture I attached its falls sharp towards the guy on the right (looking at the screen). I dont have the EXIF on that though for some reason lightroom didnt attach it to my flash drive ...

    So for groups I need F8 or larger to get all in focus I guess that would make sense. I love wide open though but for groups i really doesnt make sense. Thanks for helping me think through this.

    Susan, that picture was pretty sharp look at the other one I put on.
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    I see what you mean in the second one. Without knowing your EXIF I can't say definitely but it could be that you shot too open - either that or the man on the far right moved and you got a bit of motion blur.
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    So should I just learn to shoot at the F8 recommended by Flea? will that get everyone in focus?
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    There's no magic number for shooting groups. F/8 probably would have been better than a larger aperture, but it's not always appropriate.
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