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What is the recommended way of focusing?.

1) I generally have my center focal point focus on the eyes of the subject and with the shutter button still half pressed, recompose my frame(by panning, NOT zomming) and completely press the shutter.2) Another method is to do the Aperture Lock using the AE Lock button...

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Chris Elliott.

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Comment #1

Let's start by finding out what camera you have. This is important as if the sensor is small, your DOF will be large...but if your sensor is big, your DOF will be tiny..

Next, technique can vary depending on ambient light levels. In bright light, the lens will be stopped down and the DOF will increase..

Az85249 wrote:.

What is the recommended way of focusing?1) I generally have my center focal point focus on the eyes of thesubject and with the shutter button still half pressed, recompose myframe(by panning, NOT zomming) and completely press the shutter..

In general, that is a good technique. If your camera has a big sensor and you are taking low-light pix, you may notice a bit of softness due to the geometry issue..

2) Another method is to do the Aperture Lock using the AE Lock button..

I don't understand how locking the aperture helps focus?.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #2

Forgot to mention about the hardware: I am using Canon xti with 50mm 1.8 lens, new 18-55 mm IS and 70-200mm L non-IS..

Comment #3

Lately I've been manually selecting one of the non-center focus points more and more often. Before, I always used center point and recomposed..

Not a whole lot of difference as far as I can tell. This, however, is using (relatively slow) F2.8, which is considerably more forgiving than F2 and below, I guess...

Comment #4

Or you could manually focus. When using a wide aperture, the problem with locking the AF then recomposing is that the arc though which you rotate the camera may make the chosen area be no longer in focus..

Brian A...

Comment #5

Thanks Chris,Your pointers seems to answer my questions correctly ....

Chris Elliott wrote:.

Http://www.outbackphoto.com/workshop/phototechnique/essay06/essay.html.

Http://www.mhohner.de/recompose.php?lang=e.

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

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