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Tips to nail your focus

Focus is very important when it comes to photography.  After all if your child’s beautiful face isn’t clearly in focus what’s the point?  Today, I am going to give you some easy tips to nail your focus each and every time.

Tips to nail your focus

First, I change my auto focus points until only my center point is lit (each camera body is different in how to do this — refer to your user manual).  Your camera’s factory settings will automatically set them to all of the focus points lit.  How you’ll know what yours are set to is you’ll depress the shutter halfway down to focus and you’ll see the red dots light up within your viewfinder.  When I depress mine halfway down only the center focus point is lit.  Make sense?

The reason this is so important is that often when all of the focus points are lit instead of the eyes being in focus it can often shift the focus to something like a piece of hair.

When I am photographing my children I always aim the center focus point in between their eyes.  If the eyes are out of focus for me…that is just a deal breaker for me and the image is deleted.  The eyes must always be in focus!

As you can see in the image below this is why you don’t want to just aim the camera in their general direction and shoot.  The focus fell onto Ella’s shirt instead of her face.  As with everything in photography…practice makes perfect.  And practicing on still objects is helpful in the beginning as compared to a fast moving child.  So, pick up your camera and get to practicing that focus!

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Are you still shooting in auto?  I teach a local one-day photography class for mamas on how to take better pictures of their kids.  Not local?  You’re in luck…we sell a recorded webinar version of our class that you can watch on your own time at your own pace.  Find more information here.



  • Tara - OK, so what do you focus on when you have more than one child in the picture? If I focus in the middle, it usually focuses on something in the background and if I just focus on one child, the other one is out of focus.