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my_other_profile
Posts: 666
Ankeny, Iowa, US


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Disregarding the blank pages, I'd love some feedback -- open criteria.  I know I've got a lot to work on, but any "where to start" and large-ish photo/editing issues that need addressed would be wonderful.

I feel two of my biggest issues are lighting (hot spots and unwanted shadows) and soft focus, which I have no idea how to correct in post and apparently am not correcting for while shooting.
Dec 23 12 12:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lee_Photography
Posts: 8,422
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121115/12/50a555b054e5d_m.jpg
So the question is how do you focus, just aim and shoot, put an auto focus point on your intended subject or manual focus?

It looks like your focus point is in front of the model, you can tell this by looking at the tree and seeing where the in focus area is.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Dec 23 12 03:32 pm  Link  Quote 
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my_other_profile
Posts: 666
Ankeny, Iowa, US


Auto focus.  Occasionally, I'll try to twist the lens a bit from there...I do feel like I'm focusing incorrectly.  Any suggestions on how to adjust this?
Dec 23 12 03:35 pm  Link  Quote 
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Bhanu Alley
Posts: 2
London, England, United Kingdom


my_other_profile wrote:
Auto focus.  Occasionally, I'll try to twist the lens a bit from there...I do feel like I'm focusing incorrectly.  Any suggestions on how to adjust this?

You may want to check your Focal Zones in your AF system. It might be set to "Closest Object" mode.

Saying that, your dept of field is actually quite shallow, you may want to check how large your aperture is at time of shooting. If your aperture is at the lens widest, it will not give the sharpest image you are able to get.  Depending on lens model, you might want to stop down a couple if steps.

Dec 23 12 03:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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my_other_profile
Posts: 666
Ankeny, Iowa, US


That's my 50 mm 1.8 so I probably did have a very narrow DOF. 

Confession: I have no idea how to check "focal zones in my AF system" - or even, really, what that means.
Dec 23 12 04:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lee_Photography
Posts: 8,422
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


my_other_profile wrote:
Auto focus.  Occasionally, I'll try to twist the lens a bit from there...I do feel like I'm focusing incorrectly.  Any suggestions on how to adjust this?

What kind of camera are you using?

What I would suggest is to set your camera to one focus point, then place that spot over the models closest eye, press and hold the shutter half way then recompose the image and press the shutter to take the image.

Dec 23 12 05:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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my_other_profile
Posts: 666
Ankeny, Iowa, US


Lee_Photography wrote:

What kind of camera are you using?

What I would suggest is to set your camera to one focus point, then place that spot over the models closest eye, press and hold the shutter half way then recompose the image and press the shutter to take the image.

Rebel XSi.  I've been focusing - or at least pointing the center of the lens - at the model's eye, autofocusing, and recomposing.  Is the center of the lens not where it focuses?  I'm not sure how to adjust this.

Dec 23 12 07:02 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lee_Photography
Posts: 8,422
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


You can select the focusing point, which is the red square, what I do is to set the camera so only the center focusing point is active, aim that so the red rectangle covers the eye, press and hold the shutter half way, then recompose the photo.


Go to page 61 AF point selection in your manual

From looking at the Manual you have 9 focus points; you can use any of them to be your one and only main point

The reason I select only one is that way you can make sure what you want in focus will be in focus.
Dec 23 12 09:17 pm  Link  Quote 
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my_other_profile
Posts: 666
Ankeny, Iowa, US


I don't have my manual but I googled it -- thank you!
Dec 25 12 06:30 am  Link  Quote 
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