THE HALF PRESS – Photography Tip #11
There’s a technique that I learned in my recent photography class that I thought I would share with you today. Keep in mind, these tips are basic in nature. I certainly realize there are photographers who visit this blog on a regular basis who no doubt are well aware of most of these techniques. My hope is that you will contribute a comment that might further explain or help in these areas. And if you’re like me and just beginning your journey into photography, I hope these tips will help you as much as they have me.
This technique is called the “Half Press” and it’s helpful when attempting to focus your subject within the composition of the frame. The problem: I want to focus on my subject, but I don’t want them to be in the center of my shot. My auto-focus continues to focus on something other than my subject. What do I do?
- First, change your camera settings to utilize only the center focusing point. This will enable you to control what is focused and what is not. In the beginning, I had all the focal points activated which can be anywhere from 7 or more points, depending upon your camera. With this setting, the camera decides what will be the focal point – not you! The more control you take away from the camera – the better.
- Next, place that center focal point directly on your subject and press the shutter release halfway and hold. Now the auto-focus on your lens is doing exactly what you want it to do – focusing on your subject.
- With the shutter depressed halfway, you may now place your subject wherever you like within the frame (always remembering the rule of thirds). As long as the shutter is depressed halfway, your subject will continue to be in focus no matter where you place them within the frame.
Of course someone may ask, why can’t I just activate the left focal point if I want my subject in the left of my frame and the right focal point if I want my subject in the right of my frame? The simple answer is, you can. But, you will find yourself constantly changing your focal settings which can become rather tiring after a while. You may also ask, why can’t I disengage my auto-focus and manually focus the shot. Again, you may. However, most of the time I’ve found my focusing skills far inferior to the camera’s auto-focusing feature.
Since I’m constantly locating my subjects in different areas within the frame, this technique saves me an enormous amount of time! It’s quick and easy!
What would a photography blog post be without at least one photograph? I’ll never know, because I have to post at least one shot! So, I decided to include this abstract flora I shot yesterday.
This is a nice abstract that I created from a recent walk around my office building. You may like it. You may not. But I have to say, I’m having a blast with this journey! And, I’m glad you’ve come along for the ride.
Thanks for stopping by. I’ll see you tomorrow!