Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/04/10

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Subject: [Leica] sharp ears & soft eyes! focusing tips? -
From: tedgrant at (Ted Grant)
Date: Mon Apr 10 16:47:25 2006
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Eric asked:
>I think my brain is edge seeking and the obvious edges are the side of the
>head compared to background. I find it tough to lock in on eyes. I tried a
>ground glass screen and that was a minimally helpful.
>>I often shoot a 50mm lens at f5.6

Hi Eric,
Bottom line? Practise, Practise, Practise, Practise, Practise and then do it 
several thousand times more!!

When you're sitting watching the idiot box and a commercial comes up, 
practise focusing on all kinds of "HIGHLIGHT POINTS about the room no matter 
where or what!" As soon as a commercial comes on screen look about the room 
for a highlight, camera comes to eye and you focus, camera down look for 
another highlight point no matter how small. It's a no brainer, see 
highlight, camera up, focus and do this until you're all most sick and tired 
of doing it.

As far as the eyes go? 99% of the time there is a highlight in the eye! 

And all that practising you've been doing between commercials, you did do 
it, didn't you? I mean I'm not telling you this for the good of my health, 
hell I've already done it some many multi-hundreds of thousands of times! 

So now you've practiced and you're as fast as all get out putting those two 
little highlights together in the viewfinder, the eyes become a piece of 
cake. Focus on that highlight! It's that simple and at 5.6 you should have 
enough depth to cover yer sweet buns even if you miss a tiny bit.

HOWEVER! If you practised, you did didn't you? ;-) Yeah I believe you. You 
will rarely miss by going for the highlight in the eyes!.

Focusing on highlights constantly doing it with all kinds of locations and 
situations even when you are not taking a real photograph will improve your 
handling ability and it'll just be "on the eyes, click and sharp!"


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