Step by step Fo­cus­ing on the eyes

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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.

KIT­BAG

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

high­lights.

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