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    SELECTIVE FOCUS PORTRAIT TIPS

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  • SELECTIVE FOCUS TIP #1 : Hit the Sweet Spot every time

    EXPERT TIP: BRACKET YOUR FOCUS

    Bracket your focus. Even if a shot looks perfectly focused through the viewfinder or on the back of your camera, you might find it a little off when printed or blown up on a bigger screen. Compose your shot, focus it, and shoot and then take the same shot a few more times changing the focus just the tiniest bit each time. Odds are, youll nail the focus on one of those shots.

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    TRY THIS: SHOOT YOUR SUBJECT OFF CENTER

    SELECTIVE FOCUS TIP #2: Frame your subject with dynamic blur

    Placing your subject off center gives you more opportunities to make use of the blurs best feature: framing your subject. It also follows with the compositional Rule of Thirds. Imagine 2 vertical and 2 horizontal lines through your image. Placing the subject at one of these intersecting points created by these lines draws the viewers eye and attention.

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  • Experiment with using the blur to suggest your subject in action.

    TRY THIS: USE BLUR TO SUGGEST MOTION

    SELECTIVE FOCUS TIP #3: Make a motion picture

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  • Pay close attention to your subjects eyes. Most Lensbaby portraits look better when both of the eyes are included in the sweet spot. At least one eye should be tack sharp to capture your subjects personality and create a connection with the viewer.

    EXPERT TIP: PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SUBJECTS EYES

    SELECTIVE FOCUS TIP #4: Find the windows to your subjects soul

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  • If youve been shooting with the f/4 that comes installed with your lens, try changing to the f/5.6 or even the f/8. This will increase the size of your area of focus and increase your odds of getting everything you want placed within the Sweet Spot.

    EXPERT TIP: BRACKET YOUR APERTURE

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    f/8

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    SELECTIVE FOCUS TIP #5: Cover your bases

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    Place your subject in front of bright highlights and use creative apertures to add shape and texture to your background.

    TRY THIS: USE CREATIVE APERTURES

    SELECTIVE FOCUS TIP #6: Create a scene

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