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A common struggle I hear from photographers is consistently getting tack sharp images! Especially if you like to shoot wide open, like I do! There are a lot of factors that go into capturing sharp images- settings, equipment, lighting and more! So if this is something you find yourself struggling with, here are some tips that should help!
Back Button Focus
This is a much debated topic in the photography world, but I LOVE using back button focus! This is where you change your camera settings so that a button on the back of your camera initiates focusing as opposed to the shutter release button. I find that this gives me more control and ultimately results in sharper images! I actually disabled my shutter button focus!
Single Point Focus
Your DSLR has a few different focus modes to choose from. There are several (and sometimes dozens) different ‘focus points’ that your camera uses to grab focus. When using the automatic focus modes, you are allowing the camera to pick which focus point to use when focusing. So the camera is basically trying to guess what you are wanting to focus on! Instead, you want to use the single point focus mode where you are selecting the exact point in the frame you want to focus on. This is especially important if you are shooting with a low aperture because the focal plane is very shallow. So the difference between focusing on someone’s shirt vs someone’s face can make a big difference in sharpness!
Switching Between Focus Modes
When using autofocus, there are two modes to choose from depending on whether or not your subject is moving or stationary. When your subject is stationary, you’ll want to use One Shot AF(Canon). In this mode the camera will ‘lock’ focus once it grabs it. But if your subject is moving, you’ll want to use AI Servo AF (Canon). This tells the camera to continuously focus, which you’ll want to do if your subject, and therefore the focal plane, are continuously moving. So it’s not only important to choose the right mode, but also to get comfortable with quickly switching between the two so that you are able to do it easily on the go!
April 21, 2020