This month for the 3rd Thursday Challenge I wanted to work on getting a sharper focus, especially in creating still life images. It’s really not anything new as far as techniques go.
What is new about it all for me is that I remembered all the steps! Being a woman of a certain age —- this is a big deal.
Much of the time I do use a tripod for still life shots, which I did here, too. It was sitting on the table pointed straight down. Using the tripod I find is best for me so I can take advantage of the available light and not use a flash.
And I also used a setting of a two second delay on the shutter, to help prevent camera shake.
My auto focus has been set to focus where I want, which is the middle point.
And finally, the part I always forgot to do in the past, I remembered to enable mirror lockup on the custom functions of the camera.
Other than some slight cropping I did no other processing on this photo.
The other part of this challenge is to then remember to disable mirror lock up, to change the drive mode from 2 second delay to single shot, and check the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Nothing more frustrating that going to take more photos and forgetting to change back to what you need for the current setting. I know that some of you will relate to that!
As for the egg, I don’t know when she got cracked. It could have been while I was setting things up, but it came at the perfect time. That little brokenness became my focal point, my test for a good sharp focus.
Brenda has this challenge every month, with the idea that you just need to try something new and share what you did. Click on the button below to learn more!