Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting creative using less obvious focus, part of Learn Photography: Autofocus.
- Whether you're establishing focus manually…or using the auto-focus capabilities of your camera,…you can exercise creative control…over your photographic images by choosing…exactly where you want that focus to be positioned…within the frame.…And sometimes, it can actually be helpful, and interesting,…and more creative, to focus on an area that might not be…your first choice or the more obvious choice…for where to focus within the frame.…So I encourage you to think about…other ways to interpret a scene in terms of focus.…Now, this is obviously most useful when…we're working with a narrow depth of field,…rather, shallow depth of field.…
That's certainly the case when we're focusing very closely…to our subject.…For example, with macro photography.…But it can also be the case for wider views,…for landscapes.…The point is that when we're working with a relatively…narrow depth of field, we'll want to think about…exactly where we're positioning the focus within the frame.…And, again sometimes positioning that focus…
Photographer and educator Tim Grey explores these questions and more in this exploration of focus and autofocus. And because sharpness isn't everything, Tim also details scenarios where blur can have more impact.
- What is focus?
- Calculating depth of field
- Looking at focus limitations
- Employing autofocus one shot vs. continuous
- Using manual focus
- Setting and choosing focus points
- Controlling depth of field
- Using intentional blur and bokeh
- Finding focus while panning