Point of Focus
The obvious thing to focus on is the subject. But this raises the question. What is the subject? And while the subject, maybe the obvious thing to focus on, it's not always the right thing. For example, when photographing people or animals most of the time is critical, the ISA sharp because it's through the eyes, we make an emotional connection with subject. So when I'm photographing wildlife, I have to be attentive to the exact position of the focus sensor, making sure it's trained on the eyes and not, for example, on the chest or the nose. This becomes even more important when using a telephoto lenses, because increased focal length means reduced depth of field. The same approach applies in portrait photography. A great portrait reveals the character of the person being photographed through the eyes. If the eyes aren't sharp, the connection is lost because, as I explained, in Less and three of the third module, human beings focus their attention on objects at a sharp, and we ignore o...
bjects that a blurred If the eyes are blurred through poor focus technique, we ignore them, and we lose that all important connection. Moving away from wildlife animals and people in a landscape or cityscape. Everything in the image space may be the subject, which means everything needs to be sharp. In this instance, the focus point needs to be set on the point that gives the most depth of field very roughly 1/3 of the way into the frame. This is a technique known as hyper focal distance focusing, which I explain in detail in less and five of this module moving subjects need even more thought, because you have to anticipate what's going to happen, not just react to what is happening. For example, in this scene, a meta Faulcon re center photographing an eagle owl in flight. Now I know from experience that when the hour takes off, it will immediately drop towards the ground. If I position the out in the middle of the frame using the center a F point when it takes off, it will immediately drop out of the frame. So instead, I position the bird in an upper corner of the viewfinder. Setting one of the outlying focus senses is the active sensor. Now, when the hour takes off, it drops into the frame rather than out of it. and focus tracking kicks in To keep it in focus, you'll find out how to best use focus tracking in less than six. So it's important when focusing not to just point and shoot. Be attentive to which part of your subject or seen where sharpness is critical and make sure the active focus sensor is trained on that specific point.
AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:
- Set up your camera with confidence
- Better understand shutter speed, aperture, and ISO
- Capture perfect exposures in camera
- Get sharp, focused images quickly
- Understand white balance and the difference between RAW and JPEG
- Quickly and confidently capture images “in the moment”
- Become a better photographer by building an understanding of basic photography techniques
ABOUT CHRIS' CLASS:
CreativeLive is partnering with Chris Weston to offer you his Complete Photography Master Course.
Turn terms like aperture, shutter speed and ISO from a bunch of obscure photography jargon to a toolset that you can easily manipulate to capture great photos. Led by landscape photographer Chris Weston, this class covers everything beginners need to know to master photography basics from exposure to focus.
Turn that camera dial off of auto and learn how to properly expose a photograph. With a few basic camera settings, get the most image quality and the best colors from your mirrorless or DSLR camera. Then, master focus modes and techniques for sharp photographs.
Learn the basics of photography in a series of short, memorable lessons. Chris' straight-forward teaching style is great for newbies that find the task of learning photography daunting, while the to-the-point lessons make it possible to spend just a few minutes a day mastering your camera with easy photography tips and techniques.
WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:
- Beginner photographers
- First time DSLR or mirrorless camera users
- Any photographer that wants to get off automatic mode to shoot better photos
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:
Named one of the world's most influential wildlife photographers, Chris Weston takes a contemporary approach to photography. After launching his career in 2001, the Fujifilm ambassador's images have graced the pages of top publications like BBC, The Times, Outdoor Photography, Practical Photography, and Digital Photography. As a photography educator, Chris has written over 20 photography books, along with leading photo tours and online workshops.