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I struggled with getting my focus right. I used my canon 5d mark iv and my sigma 85mm 1.4 lens. I set it on single shot, but it missed... (show more)
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  • CANON EOS 5D MARK IV
  • 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art 018

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  1. Shivani Reddy

    Here is a great FB live you can watch to help you out with focusing modes: https://www.slrlounge.com/tips-servo-focusing-modes-facebook-live/

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  2. Matthew Saville

    Hi Manon Engels! This is definitely one of the most demanding situations you can possibly find yourself in, when it comes to shallow depth/bokeh portraits. The tips found in Shivani’s links are fantastic, and just as a general overview, yes, you’re going to get a lot of missed focus shots when you’re shooting in One-Shot AF mode at such close distances on such a shallow prime. It could be that you or the model are leaning just a fraction of an inch, or it could simply be the camera missing focus.

    Either way, the solution isn’t perfect: Shoot multiple shots, and use AI-Servo if necessary to actually track constant focus on the subjects’ eyes, instead of just focusing once in One-Shot.

    Alternately, live view and the face-detection AF can help a lot, if you don’t have anything that is closer to the camera than the subject’s eyes, which of course isn’t the case in this particular image, but it could work for others. On the Canon 5DIV, live view AF is pretty darn accurate, thanks to Dual-Pixel autofocus!

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