Hi, My name is Chrissy and I’m excited to be guest posting here on Mom Endeavors! I have two blogs one Hoot Designs that’s my go to everyday blog and my photography blog called Hoot Photography, it’s new, and I post photo tips along with my own photo shoot photos. I’m going to share a tip on focus points and some cute wooden animals are starring in the photos.
Below is what my screen or through the viewfinder looks like.
Here is a photo of the points of focus changing as I changed the focus point. Everything is blurry because the objects are not on the same plane. So if your subjects are not in a straight line across you will have some people in focus and some people out of focus, as shown below! And if the person you want to photograph is in the left position and your camera chooses right, or somewhere else, your person may be out of focus and you will be unhappy with your photo(s).
Something else to try is looking through your viewfinder and with the focus on Manual (center) you then will move the camera around and get the center blinking light/focus point on your subject you want to “focus” on and gently press the shutter button this will lock the focus…keep holding the button…. and then reposition the camera to compose your shot and press down the rest of the way to take the picture. That’s how I took the flower photo, but notice, the non petaled flower is what is in focus. With my focus point in the center I locked the focus on the spiky flower and then slightly pushed down the shutter button and moved the camera to the left to get the purple flower in the picture and clicked the rest of the way – it gave me the blur I wanted on the left with an off center focus point. This is often referred to as focusing and recomposing your shot.