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Heather Honey

By Beckyphotos  
Sorry about the cheesy title!

My friends keep agreeing to come and pose for me but it never happens! Took this self portrait last night, I would have liked to have got the focusing right but ran out of light. If anyone has any tips on framing and focussing self portraits?...

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sherring 10 46 13 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2011 11:02AM
Id say its pretty good for a self portrait. Not sure if its your focus thats off or subject movement with a slow shutter speed.

I know what you mean about trying to find subjects to shoot though.

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Herge88 11 40 4 England
20 Aug 2011 11:14AM
Hi, I think the pose is great often difficult in self portraits, as Sherring says it may be the slow shutter speed, 1/30th is quite slow. If you were to increase the shutter speed and manually pre focus where you expect your eyes to be that may improve things a bit.
As I say I think the pose is really good, you look relaxed when often in self portraits the subject can seem awkward.

Best Matt
DaveGu 11 1 1 England
20 Aug 2011 1:50PM
Nice shot, really works.

I use a manfrotto monopod for framing and focus. It has 3 little screw out legs so you can stand it in line with your eyes, extend level with the top of your head and then pre focus and compose the shot.

mpnuttall 11 91 6 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2011 6:17PM
This is such a pity - I really like your cmposition and colours, but as you say, the focus is off. I don't think it's your shutter speed - the blur is too consistent across the shot for that. Two choices really I guess - widen your DOF with a smaller aperture (which I never do, don't like my portraits sharp from front to back!) or sort the focusing.

For my self portraits I do one of two things. If I'm shooting in less than great light where the auto focus struggles then I switch to manual focus and sit something in the shot where I'm going to be sat - my camera bag, a tripod, anything really. I then manually focus on that before getting myself in to the shot. That way you you don't risk it refocusing elsewhere. the other option is to leave the camera on AF and move the AF focus point on your camera to one that you're certain your body will cover when you're in the shot. It's always hit and miss with self portraits I find, and I waste plenty of shots taking, adjusting, retrying!

I'd really consider re-trying this shot, because I think it could be really good if you got yourself sharp and threw the heather well out of focus.

Hope that helps Smile


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