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SJZ17
Date Posted: Oct/01/2013 12:04 PM
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Hi you all, I've gotten some helpful advice here in the past and also enjoy looking through the forum when I get a chance to stop by So I have a problem I thought maybe somebody could help me with.

I was asked to photograph a wedding again, them having seen the photos from the only other wedding I ever did so they understood what they were getting. Lets just say this isn't my area of specialty!

Anyway I feel like I totally ruined the bride coming down the aisle, seems my focus was off. Not sure what happened exactly... I have attached it and would really appreciate any advice on how to improve the shot, its kinda the best one I have. Go ahead and work at it I won't be upset

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Steve
Date Posted: Oct/02/2013 6:10 AM
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Are you using and atuofocus lens? I ware bifocal glasses and have found that an autofocus lens is very helpful. I still compose the image, set myself for the best shot possible, and make sure teh area of focus is where I want it. The only reason I shifted to an autofocus lens is that I noticed details were blurred in my images when I was manually focusing.

I know that does not help with a current photo situation, but it might help for future scenarios.

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Reality can be beaten with enough imagination..... Mark Twain

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SJZ17
Date Posted: Oct/02/2013 7:22 AM
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Yes I was using auto focus, that is how most of my photos are taken.

Thanks for the input!

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Steve
Date Posted: Oct/02/2013 11:01 PM
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OK... are you using a single focus point setting or a multi focus setting?

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SJZ17
Date Posted: Oct/02/2013 11:14 PM
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There you've caught me in a rather big mistake... I was using a camera that I wasn't 100% familiar with I rented one and I couldn't tell you what the focus setting was.

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swanseamale47
Date Posted: Oct/03/2013 2:36 AM
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Looking at the pic I'd guess it's the centre point focus which is on the background.

You could try sharpening a duplicate layer, then mask out the background to make the bride sharper, but I'm not sure how well that will work.

I hardly need to say it's a bad idea to use new or unfamilar kit for a wedding.

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swanseamale47
Date Posted: Oct/03/2013 7:50 AM
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I've had a play with your pic and about the best result I can get is sharpening the bride, then bluring the background, that makes her look sharper again. It's not great but better than it was, but I'm hampered a bit by the size of the copy, with a full size pic you'd get a better result I suspect.
Wayne

 Message edited by: swanseamale47 on 10/03/2013 08:02:23

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SJZ17
Date Posted: Oct/03/2013 7:54 AM
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You are absolutely right, it was a bad idea. Thankfully the rest of the day went great... so I just need to make this photo half presentable. And apologize to the bride of course.

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SJZ17
Date Posted: Oct/03/2013 7:57 AM
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WOW!!!! that is far far better! If I post the full size image are you interested in 'playing' with that for me? If I could I'd attach $50 to this message for you

Thanks!!

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swanseamale47
Date Posted: Oct/03/2013 8:03 AM
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No need of the $50 but feel free to make a donation to your favorite charity if you want. I'll pm you my email address.
Wayne

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mackmvp
Date Posted: Dec/27/2013 7:06 PM
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It looks as if you might have been using your spot meter. spot meters are used for focusing only on a portion of a photo or to bring attention to a certain part of a photo. It looks like you were focusing on the pews and the gentlemen in the background instead of the bride.http://mackmvp.phototips.track.clicksure.com

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