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Jun 30, 2012 14:06 |  #16
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can you message me the original image? I am just curious to see if I can do something for you.




  
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Jun 30, 2012 22:23 |  #17

Thanks, A.J. and Gungnir, I'll remember these tips. I have been going for a shallow DOF in order to get what bokeh I could with the 18-55 kit lens. Your point makes sense.


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Jul 01, 2012 06:36 |  #18

AvailableLight wrote in post #14647086 (external link)
When you press the shutter button halfway, the camera will auto-focus (well this is the default setting). So what you do is put the focus point on her eyes and press the shutter halfway. You'll see a red focus box. At this moment, while keeping the shutter button pressed halfway, rearrange (i.e. recompose) your shot the way you want and fully depress the shutter button. The camera will remember that the eyes were in focus and will record the image accordingly.

This is your best advice, Russ. I have noticed focus issues in your images too. You seem to trying very hard yet still are having some difficulties. I have a friend that is struggling with the very same thing.

At this point I would suggest to you to simply take it one step at a time and practice the advice above and don't be concerned with bokeh. Get a good sharp eye focus and recompose. Once that becomes second nature then start looking at background isolation.

You are definitely improving, I can see it.


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Jul 01, 2012 06:58 |  #19

I'd suggest you forget autofocus when doing portraits. You have plenty of time - so take your time and compose your shot then manually focus through the viewfinder on whatever you want to be in sharp focus - then take the shot. It is amazingly simple and works every time.


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Jul 02, 2012 19:01 |  #20

thanks, Saea and Qbx...will try both, and thanks for the encouragement!


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