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Achieving Your Potential As A Photographer – Focus


The idea of focus, and focusing, means a number of different things depending upon the domain of discussion: Speaking informally in a general context, and not specifically in a photographic sense, to focus on something is to pay attention to it, presumably because it matter. Within photography, focus is one of the key technical and…


Learning to Focus Like a Camera


Our eyes and brains sample many different points of focus almost simultaneously and take in a wide view that includes information from our peripheral vision.  We combine all that information to create our vision, and our brains respond almost instantaneously.  They allow us to concentrate on what’s in front of us, putting everything we see…


The exposure-focus separation issue
and other inferiority complexes in mobile photography


“You didn’t know you can separate focus and exposure points?”, a friend said to me with a touch of disdain in their voice a long time ago. “No, I didn’t.” I replied. And I thought for a moment. When would you want to take a photo where you focus on one thing but expose on…


Photographing Flowers: Focus and Sharpness


Being “in focus” is only one aspect of whether a flower photo appears sharp. I’ll get to the other factors that lead to the appearance of sharpness in a moment, but first I’d like to step back for a second and ask whether sharpness is always a good thing. Logically speaking, there are three possibilities:…

The Sweet Spot The sweet spot in this image is the tiny flower. With the aperture set to ƒ/2.8, the background (the little girl and beyond) goes into a softer focus than the main focus of the shot. As you look to capture the feel of a stolen, wistful moment in time, shallow depth of field can be just what you need. Something would be lost if everything was in focus here. The dreamy quality enhances the feeling of the innocence of childhood.

How to Focus Your Subject: Use the F-Stop


One of the most commonly asked questions I hear is “How do I get my subject in focus while keeping the background blurry?” How much of your shot is in focus is determined by your depth of field—the range of distance in your image that appears in focus. This highly desirable blurry background effect is…

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