It's Week #26: Single Focal Point

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Photo by: Yael Segal-Ruder –  Week 24: Depth of Field (2016)

The point of a photograph, at its core, is to direct the viewers’ eyes to specific points of your scene, in order to tell a story. For this week’s challenge we’re focusing in on that purpose, and choosing a single focal point in our scene to draw the viewer’s attention to.


Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • Look out for interesting color – A bright red chair with a neutral background, or complementary colors in general, will make that single focal point POP.
  • Look out for interesting contrast – The brightest part of your image will be the point the viewer sees first. Take advantage of this technique to make your single focal point get noticed.
  • Use your composition – Find something that stands out and capture the natural scene in a way that the viewer will notice that point first.
  • Play with focus – Using a shallow depth of field will force the viewer to see a specific point in your image. You can do this by putting your camera in Av mode (“A” for Nikon) and choosing the lowest number your lens can go, and get as close to your subject as possible.Single Focus Tips

Extra Credit: f/1.4!

For some extra credit joojoo, go for a super wide aperture! The wider your aperture is (lower number), the narrower your depth of field will be, thereby letting only a small part of your image be in focus. Using this wide aperture (only available on higher end lenses) will allow you to blur and bokeh your image except for the point you want in focus, which will cause the viewer to look right where you want.
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Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!
*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges 2016

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