I was shooting at a wedding on Saturday. I was not the hired photographer - merely an attendee with a camera shooting candids of friends and family. I came out with an incredibly high percentage of soft shots. The focus point - particularly the eyes - just wasn't there. Here is what I was using:
D200 set on "P"
Metering set on spot.
24-70 f/2.8 lens
SB600 flash mounted on a flash bracket and set to TTL
Generally, I would find my focus point (the eyes, for example), depress the shutter release to "set" the focus, and then (usually) move the camera for better composition.
Any thoughts as to what I was doing wrong?
#1. "RE: "Soft" Photos with D200" | In response to Reply # 0walkerr Nikonian since 05th May 2002Wed 07-May-08 11:10 AM | edited Wed 07-May-08 11:18 AM by walkerr
It's not uncommon to accidentally let up a little on the shutter release and have the camera refocus slightly. It's happened to me when I had the autofocus set to be activated with the shutter release (I use the AF-on button now). In addition, if the sensor spans an area that includes subject matter at varying distances (eyes, ears, the flowers behind the bride), the autofocus system may set focus at a distance that's some kind of average. One other thing to watch, especially with wide aperture zooms (like the 24-70mm 2.8) used near maximum aperture: the lens has some curvature of field which means the plane of sharp focus isn't a plane, but a sphere. Focusing using the middle sensor and then shifting the composition can result in incorrect focus. To counteract this problem, use one of sensors that enables the photo you want without shifting the composition.
Also, what AF pattern were you using and did you have the camera set to AF-S or AF-C?
#3. "RE: "Soft" Photos with D200" | In response to Reply # 2
#4. "RE: "Soft" Photos with D200" | In response to Reply # 2Dan Ryan Nikonian since 06th Mar 2007Wed 07-May-08 03:10 PM
I second everything Rick said and would add that you should try CSM/a5 set to AF-ON only. Separating the focus and shutter release actions really does give you more control. You don't have to hold the AF-ON button while recomposing. Just set your focus and it will stay there no matter where you point the camera or how many times you release the shutter.
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