Tip of the Day – An important point
Let’s talk focusing!
To have complete control over which part of the dog your camera focuses on you should use just a single focus point. This enables you to put that focus point over the exact part of the dog you want to be in sharp focus – in this case – it’s Niku’s gorgeous baby blue eyes.
Using other modes that utilise all the focus points, or various groups of them, is basically handing over the reins to your camera’s tiny little non-human brain and saying “you decide!” – which inevitably results, in the camera’s infinite wisdom, of the focus being either on the dog’s nose, or the background. Nice work, tiny camera brain.
Most camera bodies will give you the option to not only select a single focus point, but move the active point to any of the available points. This is also something I recommend doing, rather than using the popular “focus and recompose” method to get the desired framing.
In RealShoots Episode 6 I discuss focus in more detail and if you would like a complete rundown of the focusing technique I use called “back button focus”, you can find this on my blog – The Ultimate Guide to Back Button Focus for Pet Photographers.
The overlay created on this image is courtesy of a very handy plugin for Adobe Lightroom called the Lightroom Show Focus Points plugin (surprise, surprise at the name). You can download it for free from www.lightroomfocuspointsplugin.com
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, Canon EF 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L II @ 24mm, ISO 500, 1/800 sec, ƒ/2.8
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