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    miptog
    miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
    20 Sep 2007 - 5:53 PM

    Have been "dabbling" at portraits, and am having difficully in always making sure that the eyes are the sharpest and in focus. It usually OK in a close up, but more difficult in a full body or body and shoulders shot. Any advice on technique would be greatly apprecaited.

    Mike

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    kaybee
    kaybee  103772 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
    20 Sep 2007 - 6:31 PM

    Focus on the eyes, half press the shutter to lock it and then recompose

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    Hoffy
    Hoffy  9212 forum posts England16 Constructive Critique Points
    20 Sep 2007 - 6:40 PM

    Also depends on how much you work on it in PS. How much sofening are you going to do to skin, always paint the eyes out.
    If you have CS3. Dupe Layer and convert to smart object. Filter-Sharpen_Smart Sharpen.
    Set to around 66 - 2 - 0.
    Then on the mask supplied paint out everything bar the eyes.

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    miptog
    miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
    20 Sep 2007 - 6:46 PM

    Thanks Guys.

    Mike

    digipix76
    digipix76  7577 forum posts England
    20 Sep 2007 - 6:56 PM

    Also dont forget to use your focus points!

    Ian

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    discreetphoton
    discreetphoton Site Moderator 93450 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
    20 Sep 2007 - 7:24 PM

    Absolutely. PS is no substitute for getting it right the first time. Never is this truer than with focusing.

    Last Modified By discreetphoton at 20 Sep 2007 - 7:24 PM
    miptog
    miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
    20 Sep 2007 - 8:14 PM


    Quote: Also dont forget to use your focus points!

    Ian

    Exactly how can / should I do this? Use a D200.

    Mike

    digipix76
    digipix76  7577 forum posts England
    20 Sep 2007 - 8:41 PM

    Dont know on a Nikon Mike! but on my 30d i would make all focal points live and then scroll around to the point i want to focus on! i.e. if i turned the camera around to portrait i would set the focal point at the top! It will tell you in the manual if you still have it.

    Ian

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    rictac2
    rictac2  10150 forum posts England
    20 Sep 2007 - 9:08 PM

    One may scroll around focus points using the multi-selector thumb control.

    Check you are not using group focus points and that you are using single focus rather than continuous if you are using half-depress/recompose method mentioned above.
    See if D200 focus points thread on forums in dpreview helps.

    Rich

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    miptog
    miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
    20 Sep 2007 - 9:37 PM

    Thanks again guys.

    Mike

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