Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Quick Digital Imaging Tip 42/101: Find Your Focus

This is tip #42 of 101 digital imaging tips that I plan to post here over the next few months. Stay tuned.

Today's tip: Just because you have an auto focus camera . . . that does not mean that your camera knows where to focus!

Finding your focus (in life and in a scene) is important. 

Different focus points tell a different story.

Which one of these two images do you prefer – and why? Post a comment here so others can see your viewpoint.

Explore the light,
Rick



12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I feel like th right answer is supposed to be 'the one with the eye in focus', 'cause that is a rule. But I think I honestly prefer the one with the cross-hairs in focus. I think that is a better thematic fit.

Tori said...

It depends on who/what the story is about: the marksman or the weapon.

Personally I prefer the one on the right. I feel it has more drama, I'm in his sight.

Sheylynne said...

I like the one with the person in focus but I can see how both photos would work for different things. The one with the crosshairs in focus could be used for an ad to sell that item because in that case you wouldn't care if the person was in focus. You aren't trying to sell the person.

Mark said...

I prefer the one with the man's face in focus. The other one just "seems" wrong, maybe because when I first look at someone closeup like in the photo, I look at their face, which is in focus, and then I look at they're doing.

After looking at the left photo for a couple seconds and then looking at the right one, the one with the blurry face doesn't seem as bad. If there was only one to look at, I'd prefer the one with his face in focus.

Dru Stefan Stone said...

I like the one on the right with the site in focus. Two reasons, you focus on it whether it is in focus or not because the guy is looking at it. Second because it seems that is what the photograph is trying to convey. It's not about the guy but what he is doing.

Mike said...

I prefer the image on the right as well, for many of the reasons already mentioned, but primarily because I feel as Tori does: there's more drama, more tension in that one. We're staring down the business end of that bow, and at this particular moment, it doesn't much matter who's pulling the string.

Joseph said...

I like the one on the right with the bow in focus. My interest is drawn more to the strange contraption that the man is delicately holding.

Rick Sammon said...

Hi Everyone... I like the one on the right, too. I did this as a test when I was shooing on of the Canon Photo Safari TV shows a while back....

Happy New Year!
Rick

JimC said...

Hi Rick!
I think it comes down to what the photographer is trying to convey - the image on the left emphasizes the hunter, while the one on the right emphasizes the act of hunting. Taken as they stand, I prefer the image on the right - I believe it is more dramatic and tells a better story.

Anonymous said...

Choos the Right . Focus on cross hand can tell story.
While left picture it not a good portarit and tell no story.

arweatherly said...

Awesome Shots Rick!!! Thanks for sharing them with us.

From an editorial point of view I think the one with the Archer in focus is best. But, from a designers point of view the one with the Bow in focus is best.

I tend to lean more towards the designers point of view.

Bob Abela said...

Here, I find the weapon more interesting than the person aiming. So, I like the out of focus face (and eye) in the background.

If the person is the intended subject, then the dead-on view through an out-of-focus weapon is interesting, but I still find it distracting. I would prefer a different perspective.