Inspire Me Friday- Tips on focus

I didn’t get to write up a tutorial yesterday. Life has been so crazy lately. I am so excited for our little boy to arrive. It is always so exciting and scary at the same time when you are at the end of your pregnancy.

I love taking pictures of my daughter, so here she is again :)

I wanted to talk with you really quick about focus and what are good points to focus on when you are taking a picture. Obviously you want the main part of what you are shooting to be the center focus (ex: a flower, you would focus on the center usually, a scenic shot, you would try to focus in either the center or the part of the landscape that you want in focus. When shooting a group you usually tend to focus on the people in the middle of the image and just make sure you are choosing a proper aperture setting to get the rest of the group in focus). My favorite thing to focus on when I am doing a portrait of someone is their eyes. I try to make sure I am setting my focus dead on the center of their eyes. This will usually be the sharpest part of the image. It is hard to get a good focus if you are not shooting in manual. I promise we will learn more about this later if you are not shooting in manual and are just letting your camera choose your settings for you. When you shoot in manual, your options for pictures are endless. You are the artist and creator of that image. When it comes to focus, you can tell your camera where you want it to aim instead of it just guessing what you are trying to take a picture of. When I am shooting in manual, I will usually put my focus on the center (most cameras will have a bunch of little boxes and you highlight the boxes based on what you want in focus). I find it is easier to leave the center in focus (most of the time) and just hold my shutter button down half way to lock in the focus and then recompose my shot. As long as you keep the shutter button held down halfway, it will keep your focus locked on. Hope this tip helps with focus and shooting. Just a quick tip for today. Tomorrow I will post up my linky and you can link up any recent images you have taken. If you are wanting to take something new to post, please try to base it on something you were doing with your focus. Have any tips or ideas you would like seen on This Mama Rocks, please email me!

About the Author

My name is Holly and I am the editor/owner of This Mama Rocks. I am an Army wife and work at home mom. I have a little girl and currently am expecting a baby boy in April! I own a photography business and feel so blessed to be able to do something I love so much and still be at home with my children. At This Mama Rocks I love to review products for my readers. Products are always tested by me and my family. The views expressed are my own and not influenced in anyway by anyone. I love helping families find good products to purchase. Stop by during the week and find fun photography tutorials written by me and guest writers. A great way to build your photography skills!!

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  1. Great tips, I am a really new photographer so these are super helpful! She is a doll as well:)

  2. Kristy says:

    Love the pic and perspective you had for it!