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Manipulating Focus and Color

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In This Chapter

  • Controlling the camera's autofocusing performance
  • Understanding depth of field
  • Exploring white balance and its effect on color
  • Investigating other color options

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To many people, the word focus has just one interpretation when applied to a photograph: Either the subject is in focus, or it's blurry. And it's true — this characteristic of your photographs is an important one. There's not much to appreciate about an image that's so blurry that you can't make out whether you're looking at Peru or Peoria.

But an artful photographer knows that there's more to focus than simply getting a sharp image of a subject. You also need to consider depth of field, or the distance over which objects remain sharply focused. This chapter explains all the ways to control depth of field as well as how to take best advantage of the myriad focusing options on your camera.

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In addition, this chapter dives into the topic of color, explaining your camera's white balance control, which compensates for the varying color casts created by different light sources. You also can get my take on the other color features, including the Color Space and Picture Control options, ...

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