There are a few issues in photography that you can fix – noisy images, distractions in the background, white balance – but staying focused is not one of them. Always having that photo with the perfect focus, sharp, can lead you to pull your hair out of your head.
Even with the magic of the Sharpen Mask or the Lightroom tools, you can’t go far outside the threshold at which the photo was taken.
And the best tips to always have the photo with the perfect focus start here.
5 things to keep a perfect focus
Single focus point.
This is the first big question to ask yourself. Use or not single focus point?
There are many ways to think here, but when using the high focus of the machine, always remember to choose the mode of auto focus, because with it it is possible to define which area in which the photo will be with the perfect focus.
Like for example when you are doing a portrait, and set up the photo point for the region of the eyes of the staff to be photographed.
You can also opt for manual focusing to get a perfect focus, and this is well worth it when doing macrophotography or night shots.
Damn how it moves, how am I going to get a perfect focus? Who has never asked this question when shooting, but with the features of current machines you only go without the answer if you do not know how to use the settings of them.
Most dslr machines on the market today have an adjustment called continuous AF, also known as servo AI in Canon cameras. It allows the Af of the camera to track the object to be photographed.
Like for example a bride walking in a hallway, a child playing or birds flying.
Continuous AF is very useful, but at some point you will shoot something that is faster than the high focus system is able to follow. Ai in this case you should go back to the simple focus setting and pre focus on an area where the object to be photographed will be.
One of the best examples of this are very fast cars, wild animals and some birds.
Fast enough shutter speed?
The old rule about shutter speed the need to have at least a second divided by the focal length of the lens still remains widely nowadays. For example if you are shooting with a 50mm the shutter speed should be at least 1/50 sec or faster.
Lenses with image stabilization help, but if always keep the shutter speed with a proper fit.
Very slow adjustments will cause blurs in your photos, and this won’t help you have a perfect focus.
Is the ISO adjustment sufficient?
There will be times that you will have to get your hand into the ISO setting, probably to improve light conditions and be able to adjust the shutter speed at the required speed.