Getting sharper images is something I have been pursuing, but have not made much progress…until just this week. When I said something to one of my photo buddies she recommended that I try selecting the auto focus point before shooting. This was something I had heard of before, and had not really tried.
And I confess, I had a bit of “focus envy” because my friend always gets images that are so nicely clear and sharp. Maybe it would sound better to say her images inspire me to do better.
I found my book that I purchased for my camera, a “Magic Lantern Guide” by Michael Guncheon, plus I looked on YouTube for a few videos. Turns out that the book had the best instructions for me, and one of the online videos sort of supplemented what I read.
Then I spent the last couple of evenings practicing…a lot. Isn’t it great that we can just delete the images we don’t like?
Here are the best examples from my trials that show the difference.
Using my 50mm lens I let the camera choose where to auto focus. That is, after all, what auto focus is. You don’t do it manually by moving the focus ring. The camera decides. (The shutter speed here was 1/60, and there was no camera shake.) Prior to this week, I would have thought that this focus was pretty good. But… now I don’t like how the camera chooses where to focus. Those little red lights in the view finder kind of do their own thing and I don’t understand their logic.
There is hope, however.
You can choose the auto focus point yourself. I’m not going into the details here about how this works on my Canon camera. If this is something you want to look into please check the manual that came with your camera or check online for a tutorial. You will want to try this, trust me. This next image shows why.
I chose a point that was at the top of the diamond of little red lights in my view finder and set that as my auto focus point. Then this camera did just what I wanted and I really like the results. I hope that you can see the difference, too. If you look at my Flickr photo stream link to the right of this post, there is a picture of some marbles and some tea cups that I took doing this same thing.
Learning a new skill is something I enjoy. When someone I know gives me a tip on what to do differently, sometimes I can pick it up right away. Other times I need to read up on it and get to understand the why’s and wherefore’s. But that P word…practice…is what usually does it, and I kind of need some time to myself for that to work.
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