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Focus on the eye

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras' started by alaios, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. alaios

    alaios TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2013
    Düsseldorf
    Alex
    Hello alpha nex camera users,
    lets say that you want to focus on the eye of a model that you shoot, in a not very slow way (so fine tuning manual focus is out of the question).
    How would you use the autofocus to do it?

    I think the most fine grained selection we have is the spot focusing but then one has to move it over and over the screen to lock at the face.

    What else would you think of?

    Regards
    Alex
     
  2. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    If you are using AF, you are a bit subject to the camera and what it thinks you want to be in focus.

    A few quick tips.

    1- Try MF to get the most accurate focus on what YOU want in focus. This is really the only full proof way.

    2- In AF, adjust your setting to "Face Detection" "Smile Shutter"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGEsGxmmp-s
    (A bit dated but still accurate)
     
  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    MF Assist or if it takes too long for you to fine tune the focus point then that's where the touch LCD focus selection point comes in handy (if you have one of the Nex's who have that)
     
  4. alaios

    alaios TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2013
    Düsseldorf
    Alex
    MF is really slow sometimes. I guess I would try to see how fast I can be with the flexible auto focus point.
    Alex
     
  5. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    MF being slow is a user issue not camera one. Yes, some lenses are easier to focus than others but practice makes you faster.

    There is also recomposing. I often do this with street photos.

    Increasing your depth of field makes focusing faster too.

    Now if you have a model.... screw 'em, make them wait.

    It's a normal problem for most people and is a reason why pets and small children can be difficult to shoot.
     
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  6. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Agreed. Practice with your lens will make MF easier and faster.

    I also agree that if you are shooting a model, they need to be patient if they want quality photos.
     
  7. shaolin95

    shaolin95 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    942
    Jul 3, 2013
    Amen to that...as a MF shooter, I just love knowing that the lens is focusing where I want it to be not where the camera thought I wanted. Then again, it is only me to blame if I mess up so that is a con :D
     
  8. mattia

    mattia TalkEmount Regular

    143
    Dec 13, 2013
    For MF: practice and bracket your focus. For AF - the a7r has that lovely eye detect AF mode. Almost as good as Oly's.


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  9. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    It is nice to know you only have yourself to blame with MF.

    I've had a few AF shots where I was like, "Why in the world did my camera focus there?"

    Practice, practice, practice