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Hey Folks!

 

After 2 Weeks with the M8 i got quite used to focus with my first Rangefinder.

 

When shooting architecture focussing is quite fast when having structures and lines.

 

How do you focus quickly when shooting portraits? 

 

I find it difficult to find focus in the face of the person.

 

What works best for you?

 

Thanks!

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Hello Questions,

 

With M8 and from 50mm and up lens for portrait, I use one or more "tricks":

 - I use a magnifier as x1.25 (mainly almost or wide open)

 - find some straight line in the clothing (simple if the sitter wears a hat or cap) and not much moving

 - when possible I tell my wife to raise her index near her face to focus on it (not kidding

)

 

  - more with experiences, like using closed down the lens and rely on dof if moving subject

 

With practices, you would discover what works or not

.

 

Practice a lot

and find your "tricks"...

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Practice a lot

and find your "tricks"...

 

 

that's all !  :-)

 

Viele Grüße

Jens

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First thing: the golden rule for portraits is that the eyes must be in focus so I always use the iris to focus on.  

 

If I find that I'm having trouble deciding if I have focus or not (particularly in low light) I'll turn the camera through 45 degrees, which immediately tells me whether I have it because if I have correct focus the image will rotate around the iris - if not, the iris will move.

 

Pete. 

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Focussing on eye is theorical fine.

In real life, I never managed to focus that way (maybe I'm not close enough

).

 

And my sitters always move, talk, blink, etc.

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Focus on the catch light in near eye.  With 90 mm lens,  set focus to 5 feet and move in/out until catch light merges.  Do not move focus ring. 5 feet will get a nice head shot.  

Do similar with 1/2 & 3/4 body & 50 mm lens.

If no catch light,  use eye glasses, collar, coat lapel.  Feel free to rotate came for focus, then rotate to compose.

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