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Jan 29, 2011 12:02 |  #1

When framing a shot, say a person on the left (thirds shot), how to I ensure that person is in focus. I'm trying to do street photography and want to make sure the subjects are in focus as I shoot, without chimping every 2 seconds.


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Jan 29, 2011 12:31 |  #2

Well, you can either use face detect mode (assuming the person is facing you) and select a face to focus on, or frame the shot so that the focus box is on the person, focus, then recompose the shot. The S95 does not have Flexizone, which would permit you to move the focus point to nearly any place in the frame. My G9 had this feature, and I used it all the time.


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Jan 29, 2011 13:21 |  #3

tgara wrote in post #11737582 (external link)
The S95 does not have Flexizone, which would permit you to move the focus point to nearly any place in the frame. My G9 had this feature, and I used it all the time.

I used it all the time on my G10 too. The one feature I really miss on the S95.



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Jan 29, 2011 18:06 |  #4

Razeus wrote in post #11737454 (external link)
When framing a shot, say a person on the left (thirds shot), how to I ensure that person is in focus. I'm trying to do street photography and want to make sure the subjects are in focus as I shoot, without chimping every 2 seconds.

Position the camera so that the centre rectangle is on the person's face. Half press the shutter button to focus. After hearing the confirmation sound and seeing the rectangle turn green (focus achieved), move the camera to your right so that the person is now ligned up with the (imaginary) one-third vertical line on your left (or in any direction as you wish). Press the shutter button fully to take the photo.

I apologize if you already knew this and meant to ask about something else. When I started out I did not know what it meant by "focus and recompose", and I thought you might have the same question.




  
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Jan 29, 2011 18:20 |  #5

+1 to Tammy T's comment


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Feb 01, 2011 22:54 |  #6

Yea use face detect or even if you have a rough idea of how far the people will be in front of you or where ever they will be stick it in manual focus and pick a distance and just leave it there.


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Feb 02, 2011 08:57 |  #7

So the old focus and recompose method. I'll experiment with it. I'm so used to selecting my focus points on my DSLR.


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Feb 03, 2011 07:03 |  #8

Razeus wrote in post #11762198 (external link)
So the old focus and recompose method. I'll experiment with it. I'm so used to selecting my focus points on my DSLR.

I'm certainly familiar with the limitations of focus, recompose, but I've actually found it to work pretty well on the compact with smaller sensor and greater DOF. Especially if you drop the aperture down a couple stops.
I'm sure there are better techniques, but it's all about what you can do quick and consistently enough not to miss the shot sometimes.


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