If getting things in focus is your ultimate goal – here are 5 ways to ensure everything in frame will be in focus.
Might sound simple enough but I still train people who aren’t aware that you can digitally zoom in (x5 and x10) and check your focus before you start recording. The reason this is helpful as many people are focusing off the back of their LCD monitor on the camera. It can be hard to judge focus off the back of the camera for a couple of reasons. First, for older shooters or those of us who were corrective glasses/contacts it can be difficult to find the happy balance of seeing the LCD itself in focus before dealing with whether or not the shot is in focus.
Secondly, the main reason it is difficult to judge if your shot is in focus is because you are looking at a tiny screen. The smaller the image you are looking at the more masked the effects of soft focus. This results in many people thinking the shot is in focus but when they look at a larger screen they realize the focal point is not where they wanted or the overall image is slightly soft and renders the shot unusable. Zoom in and you will set yourself up for the best possibility for your footage to be in focus. The fact the image is so small masks if the image is slightly soft and you won’t notice until you are look at your footage after the shoot. By that time you are too late and now you have footage you need that isn’t in focus.
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