Why is Focus an important aspect of an image? #welearn

Updated: Jan 30

It`s been a while I have been approached by friends and family, and my partner saying that I should start a blog with tips and tricks on Photography and Filmmaking, and to be honest, I love delivering training and coaching sessions, as this is already part of my everyday job, but recording videos for youtube especially sharing my perspective seemed never to be easy. Either way here is my first post form these series of camera basics and I honestly hope you like it!

Changing perception is one of the most powerful things we can do as an artist.

I`m here mostly to have a chit chat with you on the topic below. I love to have your feedback about the video and blog post that would really help me realize what I could either improve or experiment with, in the next video. 


I invite you to keep these questions in mind while working with me, on many possible image creation insights we might be able to have:

  1. What inspires you?

  2. What is in your mind?

  3. What is your message?




Why is Focus an important Aspect of the photo or making a film? (Question by Ollie McFeely)

I`d like to start by raising that focal point in photography composition (also applies for filmmaking) are one of the aspects that draw the viewers' attention into the image. 

Ensuring focus aligns with your ideas, can give you certain control over the perception/perspective you might like to emulate on your viewer. 

Changing Focus point can entirely change the message you want to convey with your image.


Simplifying:

Focus point = photographer's point of view


A great exercise to deep dive into this concept is trying creating your own focal point by isolating the subject from the background. 



Awareness exercise:

[Now try this]


What material is needed: Your hands and eyes?

A good test to see how the human body response to the focal point: 

Step1: -  your hands in front of your eyes, hold still and concentrate your vison to your hands

Step 2: -  After a few seconds try diverging your eyes (the place you are looking at) to whatever background behind your hands. 

Try moving your eye's attention, back and forward between your hands and the background.

 

What do you see?

Leave comments here on the blog or on our YouTube channel video discussing this topic which you can watch from here



Now let`s discuss some technicalities:

How to control focus point when using Digital SLR cameras?

Focusing can be done automatically or manually, where the automatic focus or "autofocus", is when the camera system drives a motor to move elements in your lens to change focus. To focus manually, you need to turn a ring or similar mechanism on the lens instead.


Here some of the equipment we have used on our YouTube video:


Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Standard Autofocus Lens: https://amzn.to/2vwUG0B

Main Camera Canon EOS 6D: https://amzn.to/2U6Trzx

Memory Card: https://amzn.to/2vzFgc5

Velbon Tripod used: https://amzn.to/2U4CLbO

The microphone used: https://amzn.to/38PstQO

Lightning - Continuous Led Lights: https://amzn.to/2U6XRGk


GOAL: Ensuring the accuracy and sharpness of the final image in cameras for automatic lenses but non-built-in autofocus cameras. 

For this, I suggest some steps be taken in order to lock the focus of a camera on the desired subject, rather for filming or photographing. In case your camera has no inbuilt autofocus as older versions of Digital SLR cameras. 


Note: if you would like to use Manual focus, you should regularly practice different points of Focus by moving left and right and alternating "blurriness and sharper points of the image and train your eyes by experimenting regularly. 


Quick Tip/ Trick 

If you are in video mode, turn the camera to photograph mode

  1. Keep Camera Settings as Manual

  2. Keep lens switcher in automatic 

  3. Look through the viewfinder and check the black dots and the image on the right

  4. When halfway pressing the shutter speed bottom you might see red dots, which means the camera is trying to focus using that single point, by analyzing contract (darker and bright intersections) in the image. When clicking half way you should listen to a beep. 

  5. Move the focus point by using the shutter speed dial on top of the camera

  6. To lock the focus point, hold shutter ship button hold way where the selected red dot has flashed, 

  7. If you want to freeze the image, full click without moving image out of focus and a registered sound should come up, 

  8. For video you can click halfway for focus with the camera and then turn to the video mode and press record, the image should be focused, remember that if you subject move focus might stay in the same place using this method, which might appear the image is going in and out of focus. 

  9. For the film, the most recommend for this camera regarding filming yourself is having someone using manual focus behind the camera in case you move a lot. 



NOTE:

We Learn is a series of videos by apinspiring.com where we aim to improve ourselves from a philosophical point of view, through art! We consider ourselves "learners of the journey" and we`d like to share and exchange inspiration among the community of arts and art lovers. This first series we`ll be chit-chatting about Focus within photography composition. If you have any feedback or question for us, please reach out to info@apinspiring.com



Interesting definition:


focus

/ˈfəʊkəs/

noun

noun: focus; plural noun: foci; plural noun: focuses

the state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition.

"his face is rather out of focus"

another term for the focal point.

the point at which an object must be situated with respect to a lens or mirror for an image of it to be well defined.

a device on a lens that can be adjusted to produce a clear image.

verb

adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly.

"try to focus on a stationary object"

cause (one's eyes) to focus.

"she focused her eyes on his face"

adjust the focus of (a telescope, camera, or other instrument).

"they were focusing a telescope on a star"

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