Digital Photography Tip: It’s All in the Eyes

April 30, 2013

Digital Photography Tip: It’s All in the Eyes

In digital photography, one of the most important factors that effect the over quality of your photos is sharpness. You can do everything else right in your photograph, but if it’s not sharp, you’re not going to be happy with it.

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That said, whenever you are photographing a living creature from the front—people, pets, wildlife—it’s important to make sure that the eyes of your subject are in crisp, sharp focus. The eyes really are the window to the soul. So if your subject’s eyes are less than crisp and sharp, your viewer loses that connection to your subject and that important emotional aspect link is lost.

The bottom line is that whenever you are photographing something with eyes, your image will be stronger and more compelling if those eyes are in focus.

Here are some tips to help:

  • Focus on the eye that is closest to the camera to move your viewer’s gaze directly to your subject.
  • Use your camera’s single point AF area mode and focus directly on y our subject’s iris—the colored part of the eye.
  • If you are photographing a group of people, keep the eyes of the first row in focus.



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