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mex 10 27 3 United Kingdom
22 May 2013 1:06PM
Hi all, can anyone tell me why photographers in a studio point the camera to one side or above the model before taking the pic?, i just shoot at the model....Ok am a bit thick when it comes to studio work. BlushBlushBlush

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miptog 12 3.6k 61 United Kingdom
22 May 2013 1:15PM
This could be a "focus-recompose" technique.
saltireblue Plus
8 7.9k 33 Norway
22 May 2013 1:18PM
You see them doing it a lot at press conferences and the like as well. My thought was also focus/recompose.

mex 10 27 3 United Kingdom
22 May 2013 1:23PM

Quote:This could be a "focus-recompose" technique.
Why focus away from the model an then back to the model? cheers for the help.
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
22 May 2013 1:39PM
Hi Mex,

I said why too, this is one long write up of focus/recompose.

Is this what they were doing?
Gundog 5 629 Scotland
22 May 2013 1:43PM
Bearing in mind that, compositionally, they will not want the model centred in the frame, they may be using a centre focus point to focus on the eyes and then holding that focus while moving the camera to the side to compose the shot.
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
22 May 2013 1:50PM
This begs the question...what do you mean by "point the camera to one side or above the model before taking the pic". Do you mean they point at the model, then divert the camera away so the model is off-centre? Or do you mean they point the camera to the side of the model as the first thing they do before focusing/shooting?
In the former they are probably focus/recomposing as said above. In the latter case, I don't know. However, some people recommend that if focussing is critical you should focus first on some distant object before focusing where you need it - if the camera is already focussed 'near-but-not-quite' AF mechanism may think it is good enough and not get it more accurate. I think this technique is a hangover from when AF systems were less reliable than they are now.
lemmy 11 2.7k United Kingdom
22 May 2013 2:34PM
As said, they are not focusing away from the model, they are focusing on the model using the centre spot, holding the focus there with a half press, then composing how they wish.

There are many ways to do the same thing but that is the way I used to do it with film and still do with digital.

With the GH3, you can move the focus point around wherever you wish using a finger on the blank pivoting monitor while viewing and composing on the EVF. I use that way a lot now, very fast and certain but I'm not sure if any DSLRs can do it.
mex 10 27 3 United Kingdom
22 May 2013 4:30PM
Thanks for replying gents, mike cheers m8 it was the latter case.
thanks gents

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