Step by step Focusing on the eyes
01 Set the focus point manually
The most reliable way to focus on your subject’s eyes is to select a focusing point that sits over them. Select a single focus point rather than a cluster for greater accuracy. While the number of focus points available will vary, most Nikons have plenty to choose from (some even allow you to restrict the number available, though we don’t recommend that in this instance), so it’s usually possible to select one that aligns with the subject’s eye without changing your composition.
02 Focus on the nearest eye
If the subject is facing the camera, both eyes will be in the same plane of focus and therefore both will be sharp. However, if the subject is at an angle to the camera then focus on the eye that is nearest to it, even if this means the other eye is slightly out of focus. For more distant portraits you can focus more generally on the subject’s face rather than trying to pinpoint a single pupil – the eyes should still be sharp due to the increased depth of field at longer shooting distances.
03 Swi tch to continuous af
To maintain the focus on your subject’s eyes or face, try switching your Nikon’s AF mode from autofocus single (AF-S) to autofocus continuous (AF-C). This will ensure that as long as the shutter button is half pressed, the camera will keep refocusing on your subject, even when they move. This may be useful when photographing restless children, for example, but it’ll also take care of minor movements in adult subjects, and will help keep the eyes in focus when shooting close-up portraits.
For the most beautiful bokeh, don’t just choose a lens with a wide maximum
aperture. Get one with seven or more diaphragm blades for smoother