Children photography focus settings and operating points

Lively children, canvas prints au unlike adults, the same will stand them for you to take pictures, so the focus for shooting kids is very important. When shooting children in different situations is how to focus it? The camera’s focusing system is the way to set it? Let me inform you of. (I use Nikon cameras as an example)

Example 1. Children stand to take pictures you slowly

Camera Setup:

Examples explain children’s photography in focus settings and key operational examples to explain the children’s photography focus settings and operating points
F area modes – Single-point AF focus mode – AF (AF-S)

When I shot the children, we used to put the focus on the children’s eyes or face a view to take the children clear expression, canvas prints especially in the large aperture under the circumstances. Due to larger aperture shallow depth of field, if you focus on the child’s body, the face will be blurred.

Also, I like the first composition after concentrating. That is, the children in advance like a fine picture of the location and the single point of focus in the camera move to that position, as long as the children a place I can press the shutter. Such focus will greatly improve the success rate. The shooting speed will be faster. Of course, square canvas prints if the child moves too fast, then take the traditional ‘first focus, patterned after’ not a bad idea (that is with a camera preset central point of focus, and then move the camera composition, and finally press the shutter), but in focus rate will be reduced.

Example 2. When children play or fast moving

My camera settings:

Examples explain children’s photography in focus settings and key operational examples to explain the children’s photography focus settings and operating points
AF area modes – Dynamic-area AF Focus Mode – Auto Focus (AF-C)

When I was shooting fast-moving kids or play, it will be in front of children’s eyes or face half-press the shutter focus, and because I chose the relationship between continuous AF-C, so when the children move, the camera’s AF system will still follow children continuous recovery coke.

As long as I keep the shutter pressed halfway, move the camera to follow the children’s action, in the event a satisfactory composition and action, instant full-press shutter, then we can clearly capture the action you wish to take.

Of course, you can also use a fast shutter speed shooting, capturing a series of actions, after which you can choose the photos you want.

Example 3. Low-angle shot

My camera settings:

Examples explain children’s photography in focus settings and key operational examples to explain the children’s photography focus settings and operating points
AF area mode – Auto-area AF Focus Mode – Auto Focus (AF-S)

Sometimes in order to pattern relationships require low angle children, but not through the viewfinder, I would choose to automatically choose area AF, the camera decided to help me focus. I usually use this method due to macro close-ups, so the probability of accurate focusing is very high.

In addition, there is a focusing method called trap focus is usually used to catch butterflies and other insects. Sometimes I will use for shooting fun.

For example, when children swing, usually moving fast. We can use the manual focus mode, the focus will be to concentrate on the children reach the place, that is, waiting for children to swing the focus when you press the shutter position, but also to record clear pictures.
However, this focusing method, such as inexperience or bad eyesight will make the success rate is much smaller, plus the need to constantly practice and some luck to succeed. Therefore, this method is certainly not the best way. We presented here only to share additional ways, because this is the joy of photography.

It\'s only fair to share...Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn