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How to Focus Front and Back

edited January 2013 Posted in » Nikon D5100 Forum
I've been out a few times trying to take pictures and I find that I'm not able to use any of the pictures due to bad focus. The person will be in focus, but the background will not be (or vice versa).

I have it on auto setting with no changes to the default settings. I'm using and 18-55mm lens.


  • edited January 2013
    Without seeing the pictures, I'm going to take a shot in the dark.

    The default for the autofocus is the area focus setting using all the focus points and perhaps they're grabbing something in the background when your subject is out of focus. If you're taking pictures of stationary objects or portrait photos, I would change the focus to AF-S (single point) so you can select which focus point you want to use.

    The background being out of focus when your subject is dialed in may be due to a large aperature opening, which limits your depth-of-field.

    Again, without seeing the photos, I'm just throwing out guesses here.
  • edited January 2013
    If I knew how to add a picture I would.
  • Upload them to a free hosting site like photobucket and provide a link.
  • edited January 2013
    Increase the Depth-of-Field by raising the F number.
    Put mode dial on A for that.
  • edited January 2013
    I'm going to try that.
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