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Portrait shooters - How do you focus?

Started Jun 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: Portrait shooters - How do you focus?
In reply to DezM, Jun 25, 2014

DezM wrote:

AF-S, Flexible Spot AF and set the spot in between the eyes.

I do almost the same, I use the smallest size flexible spot and move it on to the leading eye.

For very shallow depth of field, I find this way better than using the LA-EA4 for two reasons:

  1. Focus and re-compose swings the focus plane around moving stuff out of the focus
  2. During the time between focus and the exposure, the camera-subject distance can change

Of these I think 2. causes the most problems. A movement of a couple of cm can make a world of difference in headshots. I found after some investigation that 2. is a huge problem for me when manually focusing with very shallow DoF.

These days I try to make sure the camera has re-focused quite close to when the exposure is made. Thinking about it, perhaps AF-C makes more sense here, but it doesn't appeal to me.

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