This is the thrid part of the series The Seven Deadly Sins in Photography
The Third Sin:
Most of our camera manuals end the section on Focusing by stating: Aim, Focus, Shoot. Sounds easy, and it is, but focusing where is the key for better images, whether, portraits, close-ups or landscapes. Remember that our manuals teach us what we can expect from the camera, not what to expect from us the camera users and how to become better photographers.
Since I mostly shoot family pictures, and they are always on the move not giving me the opportunity to set up, I practiced and practiced until I learned that the key for a successful photograph –apart from exposure and composition- is to know exactly where to focus and do it quickly.
By asking your model to move or positioning yourself so that both eyes are parallel to the focal plane, you may have a winner focusing at either eye with your medium telephoto lens, even if wide open:
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