Focal point

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Focal point

How often do you ladies mess with focal points? As in, what focal point do you tend to use for singular portraits vs. group photos? What about for scenic photos? I always have wondered this so figured it was time to ask. Smile

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I am always toggling. I change it constantly as I Shoot.

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I am always toggling as well...I toggle to the eyes for an individual, and toggle to the eyes of someone in the middle of the group for group shots.

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"Laberglund" wrote:

I am always toggling as well...I toggle to the eyes for an individual, and toggle to the eyes of someone in the middle of the group for group shots.

This! For landscapes, I use center or toggle for primary subject Smile

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Ok....for the beginner here, how do you toggle?

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I've just started toggling here and use 3D tracking for moving wildlife (or children, lol!)

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what is 3d tracking?

I toggle as well. It just depends on where the subject is at the time.

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Depends on the lens I'm using...I use a mixture of the toggle and focus and recompose. In general, I've found focus and recompose yields sharper images....but will toggle for when I want to take photos faster.

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"Laberglund" wrote:

I am always toggling as well...I toggle to the eyes for an individual, and toggle to the eyes of someone in the middle of the group for group shots.

This is what I was curious about. For individuals, I always toggle to the eyes as well. I just wasn't sure if a center focal point or what would be best for group photos and scenic pictures. What about picture that have, say, 2 kids in it and a scenic background? Would a center focal point work best and does it depend on the lens?

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When you're doing a group picture (or even 2 kids), the thing you have to worry about the most is having a closed enough aperture to get everyone in focus. So, for instance, a picture with two kids in it, I just toggle over to one of the kids' eyes, and focus there...and let the aperture worry about getting the other one in focus. Of course, if you want both kids in focus AND the scenic background in focus, just REALLY close up the aperture, and the whole picture should be in focus for you. Usually, though, I like to have a blur on the background to add emphasis to the subject. Make sense?

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"newtomom" wrote:

Ok....for the beginner here, how do you toggle?

I toggle by pressing the focal point button, then using the dial Biggrin There is more than one way though.

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"Laberglund" wrote:

When you're doing a group picture (or even 2 kids), the thing you have to worry about the most is having a closed enough aperture to get everyone in focus. So, for instance, a picture with two kids in it, I just toggle over to one of the kids' eyes, and focus there...and let the aperture worry about getting the other one in focus. Of course, if you want both kids in focus AND the scenic background in focus, just REALLY close up the aperture, and the whole picture should be in focus for you. Usually, though, I like to have a blur on the background to add emphasis to the subject. Make sense?

Yes, that does. Thanks. I'm aware of the smaller ap for more amount of people. I just wasn't sure if I should set a specific focal point in those situations or not. I just want to make sure both kids/people are in focus and as sharp as possible.