Because I have a photo shoot coming up (I’m not a professional but, I do take photos of friends and family upon request) I felt the need to practice on getting focused, sharp eyes. My quick practice photo shoot only produced one photo which gave me the clarity of Nora’s eyes and eyelashes I was looking for, but, I didn’t love the whole photo. I decided to crop the photo, revealing just one eye at a time, which produced a more interesting composition, to me. It was a simple reminder to try a different crop if you don’t like your photo as-is. Nothing rocket science in this morning’s practice session but, for this relative newbie to the technicalities of photography it was a good lesson in the simple art of cropping…and focusing!
Photo of Nora – uncropped:
Same photo, cropped left:
Same photo, cropped right (this is my preferred crop):
I thought I captured sharp, focused eyes in these photos, until I looked at them up close on the computer. The challenge here is the lens tends to focus on the bright, sparkly headband. Nora wears these a lot and I’ve continued to struggle with getting the lens to focus on her eyes instead of the blue headband. Still working on this one!!
What lens and settings I used for these photos:
I have three lenses for my old Olympus E-500 and I mostly have used my 40-150mm zoom lens for portraits but, this morning I had problems capturing clear, focused photos. It became clear to me that my zoom lens may be getting old and tired. Instead, I used my new 35mm macro prime lens for this morning’s practice session. It’s unorthodox to use a macro lens for portraits but, it gives me sharp, clear photos AND right now it appears to be the best lens I have! This morning’s practice session also was a good reminder to check all of your equipment before a photo shoot, with plenty of time to get new accessories, if necessary!
F-stop: 3.5, ISO-100, Exposure: 1/8
Taken inside our living room with lots of windows @ 11am on a cloudy day.