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Sharp eyes in Portraits


miptog e2
9 3.5k 61 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2007 5:53PM
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 e2
10 4.0k 24 Scotland
20 Sep 2007 6:31PM
Focus on the eyes, half press the shutter to lock it and then recompose
Hoffy e2
10 257 16 England
20 Sep 2007 6:40PM
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.
miptog e2
9 3.5k 61 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2007 6:46PM
Thanks Guys.

Mike
digipix76 e2
7 577 England
20 Sep 2007 6:56PM
Also dont forget to use your focus points!

Ian
discreetphoton e2
10 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2007 7:24PM
Absolutely. PS is no substitute for getting it right the first time. Never is this truer than with focusing.
miptog e2
9 3.5k 61 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2007 8:14PM

Quote:Also dont forget to use your focus points!

Ian



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

Mike
digipix76 e2
7 577 England
20 Sep 2007 8:41PM
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
rictac2 e2
10 150 England
20 Sep 2007 9:08PM
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
miptog e2
9 3.5k 61 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2007 9:37PM
Thanks again guys.

Mike

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