28 Sep Up Close And Personal | Dog Photography Portraits
Newer photographers start by shooting with a good camera and are amazed at what it can do. The real art comes into play when you take that Tesla and drive it like she’s meant to be driven. Yes the camera has technology that has been abled, but the awesome sauce pictures come when you know how to use your camera coupled with turning your vision into something great that inspires oohs and aaws.
Tools To Test Focus – Technology Works!
I hear a lot of photographers saying or thinking their images are sharp. But the only way you will know if they are sharp is to view at 100%. You can use Lightroom to process details and zoom in at a 1:1 ratio. Or open in photoshop and zoom in at 100%. Alternatively, hook your large flat screen TV up to mirror your computer and you can get a very good ratio to see if you are tack sharp. Your images are only sharp if you can see them at 100% and every line is crystal clear at the point of focus. Practice makes perfect.
Focus: Using selective focus to achieve tack sharp images
I typically shoot at 2.2-2.8 thus getting that eyeball sharp when the image is on a 50×60″ screen. However, the risk is that I might step back a quarter of an inch and blow the object of my focus. The only way to battle this is to set up your camera so that you press the focus button and lock distance based on one single point in your viewfinder, then shift your camera very slightly for composition. This way your focus point isn’t dead center of your image – which is boring. Plus you can get the amazing angles and leading lines that make for great photos by practicing good photography basics.
Sidenote: Commercial Work Project
This photo was shot for Lycos.com as part of their commercial project. They did not select this image but I loved the focus on the eyes and the colorful angular background.