5 tricks to achieve perfectly focused photos

Our Approach

Long ago we saw what the approach was and how to use it. Well, this time we will see some tips so that, if you have just made the leap from compact cameras, make it easier for you to get perfectly focused images.

1.- Use the peripheral focus points of your focus screen. These are located around the center point of focus (the most precise) and offer the convenience of not having to change frames to focus. But as in everything, there is a but; These peripheral points are less precise than the central point, so we may not obtain optimal results. I personally only recommend this technique for those who are newcomers to the world of SLRs, for more experienced photographers I recommend the focus method below.

2.- Frame, focus and reframe. We will use this technique when the subject we want to be focused in the image is not in the center of it. As we have said before, the central focus point of the viewfinder is the one with the highest sensitivity with respect to focus, so it is the point that we will use.

To do this, we choose the final frame of our photograph and glue the upper part of the viewfinder firmly to the eyebrow (this seems a bit complicated for those of us who have glasses ...). Now, without moving the head or the body, and moving the camera while it is glued to the eyebrow, we place the central point of focus on the subject. We reframe and shoot.

In this photograph I used the "Frame-Focus-Reframe" method.

In this way what we have achieved has been keep the focus distance to the subject not having moved. Thus, we will achieve a good focus on the subject, although I already tell you that this technique needs a lot of practice to get it right.

3.- Look for areas of contrast to be able to focus. Sometimes when we try to photograph a low contrast surface focus goes crazy. This happens because the AF of our camera needs an area of ​​contrast, where the lighting changes abruptly so that the camera identifies those points as points in focus. If we try to focus with any of the focus points on a surface that is too smooth, our AF will go crazy. focus on an area with high contrast (within our subject, obviously).

For example, if we want to photograph a smooth wall with a lamp and we want to place the lamp off-center, we will have to use the method of framing, focusing and reframing (or peripheral focus points) so that the focus point is located on the lamp and thus get a correct focus without having to use manual focus.

4.-Use manual pre-focus. This tip applies to dynamic scenes, where subjects are moving fast and by the time we focus, the subject has moved and is out of focus. To understand it, I will give a practical example.

Let's think that a dog is coming towards us and we want to take a picture of it from the front while it runs. In AF mode, the camera focuses on the dog, but by the time the photo is taken it has already moved enough to be out of focus. In these situations what we must do is focus in AF mode on a fixed point on the ground. We remember this point in which we have focused taking some element of the ground as a reference. We switch to manual focus mode, this way, as long as we don't move, we will have the reference point in focus. When the dog passes through that point we shoot.

In this way we will have the dog perfectly focused. Maybe not on the first try, but with a little practice and intuition it is easily accomplished.

5.- Use LiveView mode with manual focus. If our camera has LiveView mode we can use it to achieve a better focus in manual mode. For this we have to use the zoom button (the same one that we use if we want to enlarge a photo in the camera itself) while we have the LiveView. In this way, we can get a detail of the area to focus and so we can "spin finer" with manual focus.

Here is a video in English that explains these 5 tips.

Source - PetaPixel

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