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    Default blurry 50mm portraits?!?!

    So i bought a 50mm f1.8 prime lens to take better family portraits. I have been messing around with the settings and taking shot after shot to try to get THE beautiful shot, but of course I end up with shots that are too blurry. I've been reading so many articles online that I get the gist of what I'm supposed to do, but I just can't get there.

    So I wanted to see if you all could take a quick look-see and tell me where I am missing the mark. Thank you so much in advance.

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    You might be to close to the subject.
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    oh my. I never thought about that. I always try to get close to get pictures that focus on the subject and not the clutter around the subject. So you're suggesting pulling back to get a sharper image and then crop in post-processing?

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    I think the 50mm 1.8 has a minimum focusing distance of at least 18 inches, if not more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crcham View Post
    oh my. I never thought about that. I always try to get close to get pictures that focus on the subject and not the clutter around the subject. So you're suggesting pulling back to get a sharper image and then crop in post-processing?
    Yes. Give it a try, . Not much though, you dont look that far off. Maybe a matter of inches.
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    just took some sample shot based on your advise.....ding ding ding. we have a winner! thank you so much! such a quick answer to something that has been stumping me for a while.

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    Well lets see them.
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    oops. took em and deleted em right away. i'll play around some more this week and see what i can come up with. thank you again for your advice!

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    You're also shooting at f/1.8: The DoF is so shallow, especially up close, that any movement will move the subject out of focus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OsmosisStudios View Post
    You're also shooting at f/1.8: The DoF is so shallow, especially up close, that any movement will move the subject out of focus.
    ^^^this + ISO 6400 will compromise clarity, especially when pulled in and viewed at 100% Also you should be sure you are doing portraits like this in One Shot mode where focus has to lock in before you can take the picture..in Servo modes, it doesn't have to lock in focus in order to take the shot.
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