Shooting portraits with beautiful, creamy backgrounds is a very popular look right now. Using the right gear, you can achieve this look in camera, but one common question that arises from shooting wide open is how do you get perfect focus?
Coming from Manny Ortiz's latest video, he talks about how he is able to get perfect focus while shooting at f/1.4 within his portrait work. The first method he talks about is based on the camera he uses. Ortiz shoots with his Sony camera while using "Eye AF," this is one feature I wish other camera systems would adopt. The autofocusing system is able to focus on your subject's eye.
With continuous Eye AF mode turned on, and while your subject moves in frame, a small green focus box stays locked onto their eye as they move. I personally have tested this feature out a few different times and it works great. While Ortiz may have consistent results using this, the times I have didn't result in 100 percent accuracy, but I am sure I would have a lot less missed focus shots if I was able to use Eye AF. You can jump to the 31:55 mark in the real-world test article's video where Jared Polin also talks about how it has missed a few times for him as well.
If you aren't a Sony shooter, don't worry as Ortiz covers other methods explained in the video can be used to help you lock down that perfectly focused portraits while shooting wide open.
What are some tips you use to help you nail those amazing shots? Leave your answers in the comments below.
[via Manny Ortiz]