Getting in Focus
Learn how to use focus to impact your story
As documentary and Lifestyle photographers, we know that there are times when a perfect moment in an image outweighs perfect technical execution. Sometimes, missed focus isn’t the end of the world- in fact sometimes, it can make an image even more beautiful. But there are also times when missing focus means missing out on that perfect shot, so before we learn to get creative with how we focus, we first need to make sure that we know how to focus correctly and consistently.
A lot of factors go into getting a sharp image. If you’ve been shooting in manual for any length of time, you know the importance of the exposure triangle in controlling the light and overall look of your images. it’s equally important, however, to understand the impact that the exposure triangle has on achieving correct focus in an image and in manipulating your photo to tell your story. The three elements of the exposure triangle are aperture, ISO, and shutter speed, and they all can have a powerful effect on the way you tell your story by how and where you choose to focus.
Liz DeGroff, of Four Dots Photography, is a wife and stay at home mom of 2 boys living in eastern Pennsylvania. Before she left the workforce to stay home and raise her kids, Liz was an early childhood educator. Like so many others, she was drawn to photography after the birth of her children when she realized how important it was to her to capture her constantly growing and changing family in a beautiful and memorable way. It only took 6 months of actively shooting for Liz to realize that her true passion was documentary photography, and she has spent the last year and a half dedicating herself to learning and refining the craft of documenting life as it really is. Liz is currently working on transitioning from hobbyist to professional as she starts to build her business, and she is also a contributor to the stock company Cavan Images.