Your Weekend Project – Purposeful Focus

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Focus is inherently critical in photography. What is OUT of focus is just as important as what is IN focus. Using unexpected focus, or off-center focus, can add interest to your photographs.

This weekend practice purposeful focus. Focus and recompose, or practice moving your focus points around through the viewfinder. Break away from auto focus and Program mode – shoot in aperture priority and practice manual focus to hone the skills that have gone un-practiced with the invention of AF. Use the various tips and tricks that we have discussed about focus to create photographs that have uniquely conceived focus points.

- Zone Focus Explained
- Depth of Field In Depth
- The Beauty of Soft Focus
- Back to Basics – Five Tips to Freeze Action and Motion
- The Finer Points of Focus

Here are some great examples from Flickr Creative Commons:

As always, we’d love to see your photos! Please feel free to share them in our Flickr Group or on our Facebook Page.

Photo credits (in order of appearance):
- “Focus…” by Kenny Louie on Flickr Creative Commons
- “Finding Focus” by Artondra Hall on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “In Focus” by Caleb Roenigk on Flickr Creative Commons
- “DoF Practice” by Nori on Flickr Creative Commons.

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  • Paul

    Putting this into practice tommorow…. thanks for the good work

  • Paul

    Putting this into practice tommorow…. thanks for the good work