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Another set of questions

I've been asked to do a practice maternity session next weekend, husband and two children (8 and 4) included. This is my very first ever maternity shoot, but I am super excited! That being said, I have a few questions for you ladies!

1. When shooting a group of 4, where do I put my focal point?

2. Should I use One Shot AF Mode? I've been using AI Servo recently with my running toddler (and getting OOF results), but I've been doing some reading that AI Servo can be notoriously wrong with focus? Especially in the beginner DSLR's like mine. So I'm thinking of switching back to One Shot and practicing between now and then to see if I get better results.

Thanks!! Smile

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Any suggestions? Pretty please? Smile At least for the focal point. I think I figured out I like One Shot muuuuuch better than AI Servo!

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I try and put my focal point somewhere in the center, or on whoever is the most important. LOL. Sounds silly, but you have to think about the intent of the photograph and decide who needs to be the most focused. I mean ideally you want everyone sharp, so you'd close up your ap and stand back as far as you can from everyone, but lighting conditions aren't always favorable for that. I.e if I'm shooting a family with a newborn, I focus on the baby, regardless of how the rest of the family is positioned. Maternity, I focus on mom.

I shoot Nikon, so I'm not much help on your other question, sorry! Smile

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I too would put the focus point on the mom and then close up my ap as much as I can for the conditions.

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I agree about the focal point on whoever is most important. Most likely mom, especially since these are her maternity portraits. As far as focus mode, I have the best results when i stick to 'one shot'

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Thanks everyone! I will definitely try to keep my focal point on mom. Kids and hubby won't be in all of them, of course, but I just wasn't sure where the focus should go when they're all together. Makes sense to focus on the most important aspect! I have an engagement shoot this Sunday, should I focus on the bride, or in between their heads? Wink

I tried out One Shot mode yesterday with DS while he was out playing in his water table, and out of 50-some shots, I think only 2 were OOF! So that is much improved over my typical AI Servo results.