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Talking Street - All about focus

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photos by owen on 2022-Sep-07.

I miss focus ALOT. Generally I use "center auto focus" which makes it easy for an arm or something in the foreground to grab the camera focus and ruin the shot. Sometimes I get happy mistakes. You win some, you lose some.

Firing from the hip requires practice in keeping people in the frame without cutting off their heads. 28mm struggles. I rarely bring the camera up to my eye unless I want to ensure I get the framing correct. It takes practice.

In the case of taking a picture of a sign or an inanimate object then I will have all the time in the world to frame my subject. The worse thing you can do in street photography is startle someone without first determining which direction they are heading. Macro photos definitely require extra care when focusing because the subjects are so small.

If I really want to ensure that something is in focus I often have to make myself known and be purposeful about the shot. This means I have to indicate to the person what I am actually aiming at or I have to pretend to be shooting something else in order to let the subject "win". Once this happens I can set up the shot, check my settings and work the scene for however little time I have before I lose control.

It all depends on the situation; if you miss a shot you move on. Such is life. Even with the best camera there are some situations which are just not good for talking pictures. Spray and pray? Just keep shooting and review later.

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I think the hand is in focus and the food on the table

I think the hand is in focus and the food on the table

I am really sure if anything at all in this is in focus

I am really sure if anything at all in this is in focus

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All out of focus

All out of focus

Focus correct

Focus correct

Lucky shot with the water in focus on the first swipe

Lucky shot with the water in focus on the first swipe

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