Hello lovelies! Welcome to the 3rd part of my photography tips blog posts, Let's Take Some Photos! In today's lesson we will be learning all about focusing our subjects. Let's begin...
When taking photos, it is very important that you focus on your subject, or it will turn out like the 2nd photo, and no one will no what you are photographing! Sometimes images can appear blurry when you go too close to the subject, when you accidentally shake the camera or when you accidentally focus on the background, like shown in the 2nd photo.
On my mums DSLR camera, you can manually choose where you want the focus to be, but in point and shoot cameras it can be a bit different focusing. I made some examples of focusing on different types of cameras.
Lets start with the DSLR...
When you look through a DSLR camera, it looks very similar to the above. The middle box is where you are going to focus. To focus, you half press the button you take the photo with, and the middle box with have a red dot in the middle. That is what it is going to focus on. Here are the steps to focusing with a DSLR camera...
• Half press the button to take a photo so that the red dot appears, and focus on what you want.
• Before you press down the rest of the button to take the photo, you can move the camera around a bit, and position it where you want, and it will stay focused on the subject.
• When you're happy with the position, press down the rest of the button and take the photo!
• Have a look and see if you're happy with it!
In this photo, I forgot to focus on the subject before I moved the camera to where I wanted, so it focused on the background. This is a very common mistake many people make, and once you get the hang of it everyone can do it! Just remember, Focus, Move and Shoot!
Now lets look at Point and Shoot cameras...
On a point and shoot camera, you need to focus in a whole different way! You can still get the same focus as a DSLR if you follow these easy steps...
• Instead of focusing on the subject, and then moving the camera to where you want, you need to have the camera right in the position you want to take the photo in.
• Half press the button to take the photo, and to lines (like in the above photo) will appear. Make sure the subject you want to focus on it inside the two lines.
• Then you can press the button the rest of the way and take the photo!
Please note: Not all cameras work in the same way, and I just made these up of how my two cameras work. Your camera may focus in a completely different way, so if you need any further help, please comment and I will try my best to help you!
I hope I have helped you all have some more knowledge about focusing! You are all wonderful photographers!
Have a wonderful day! Come back soon for Part 4 - Daytime Photos vs Night time Photos! xoxo, Emily