Focus Woes

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Ladybugsteph's picture
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Focus Woes

I know I'm not the only one on this. I get so frustrated, because I'll focus exactly where I want my camera to focus, but something else catches focus instead. I'm usually pretty good if I don't go any more open than f/2.5. But when I open up any more than that, I just can't get the focus where I want it. Oh, sure, I'll get lucky if I take like 20 shots of the same thing, but I want to NAIL it. And every time.

Here's the example that's frustrating me at the moment. Now I know that it's "bad" to place your subject near a tree or something of high contrast because it will have the tendency to grab focus, but this was pretty bad. I guess I'm going to have to start toggling, because something must have moved in the tiny amount that I moved the camera. I was still. Carson was still. I focused on the inside corner of his eye. But focus still caught on the tree. GRR!

1/640 f/2 ISO 200 50mm

IMG_6133-3web by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

It's not quite so noticeable at this size, but if you click on the picture and view the largest size, you should be able to see what I mean. Carson is just ever so slightly soft.

(and I feel like the color might be off on this one. magenta mabye?)

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This is something I'm really struggling with too. To the point I was going to check it was me and not the camera. It drives me mad.

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It happens to me too sometimes, grrrr, but honestly I don't know how people take the time to toggle while photographing children (or anything other than adult humans LOL) because it takes too much time and I miss the moments I want.

Your pic looks a tad orange to me.

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He is only the tiniest little bit soft, though. It's a beautiful image, love the mood of it.

I don't have any answers, but I'm with Amy on the toggling issue. For a macro or something, sure... but a kid? I don't know how people do it either!