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    How to focus a portrait: get pin-sharp eyes in 3 easy steps

    | Photography Tips | Portraits | 30/07/2014 00:01am
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    Learn how to focus a portrait and capture pin-sharp eyes with our simple step-by-step tutorial and expert camera focusing techniques.

    How to focus a portrait: get pin-sharp eyes in 3 easy steps

    Portrait photography often means using a wide aperture and longer focal lengths to create a shallow depth of field, throwing the background out of focus.

    This makes focusing more important than usual, as sharpness is captured across a very narrow plane, often of just an inch or two.

    SEE MORE: A layman’s guide to depth of field – how to check and affect sharpness like a pro

    On top of this, you have a moving subject, so focusing on precisely the right point at precisely the right moment is crucial.

    Follow these focusing tips for perfectly sharp portraits every time.

    SEE MORE: 10 portrait photography mistakes every photographer makes (and how to avoid them)

    How to focus a portrait: 01 Focus on the eyes

    How to focus a portrait: 01 Focus on the eyes

    The eyes are the most vital element of a portrait, so it’s essential to record them sharply, particularly if you’re using a wide aperture.

    Some photographers like to focus using the central focus point and then recompose, while others will set an off-centre focus point.

    Whatever method you choose, those peepers need to be pin-sharp. If the focus is off, it’s usually only by a whisker, so don’t be fooled into thinking you’ve got it right just by glancing at the LCD screen.

    Review the image properly by zooming in on the eyes to make sure they’re sharp.

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    Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Portraits.

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