Here’s a simple tip to keep in mind this week:
Focus on your subject!
I know–sounds kind of silly, doesn’t it? Of course you’re going to TRY to focus on your subject! Here are a few things that can help you achieve what you’re going for. The best part? You can do this with any camera!
To lock the focus on your subject:
- Frame your shot so that the object or person that you want in sharp focus is in the center of the viewfinder.
- Press the shutter button down half-way and hold it (keep holding it!)
- Move your camera until you have the composition that suits your fancy (remember when I talked about composition? Try moving your subject off-center every once in a while).
- Press the shutter release button down the rest of the way to take the picture.
Have you ever had this happen? Nice, focused fence, horrible blurry kid. Doesn’t do me much good. The camera automatically focused on whatever was in the center and completely missed the real subject.
Ahhh–now that’s better! I locked the focus on Twizzler, and now the fence is blurry. Wait! Why is he glaring at me?
One more thing to keep in mind: The eyes are the most important feature to be in focus. Who wants to frame a cute photo of their son, whose nose or shirt is in focus, but whose eyes are blurry? Focus on the eyes!
For more simple camera tricks and tips, click the candy up top that says “Photography Tips.”
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