Getting sharper focus on the face?

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    I'm always in the wrong WB setting. I need to work on thinking of everything and check all the settings BEFORE I start making exposures. Sometimes I catch myself before I take the final shot. :blush:


     
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    Well Princess fell asleep on me (must have been a fun sleepover) so I had to recruit my very shy nephew. I knew he’d hate having the camera pointed at him so we improvised. I’ll post that below.

    Now those two things I can fix since I have the raw file!
     
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    Now this time I had the face detection on and single point and kept ISO to 320.

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    Hard to tell on a phone but he’s looking out rainy window. Even with that it’s so much sharper.
     
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    What is your editing process? How did you do that texture? I like it, but I probably shouldn't say this, but it looks like an old oil painting on which is spattered black paint.

    We used to do that with the children. Dip a toothbrush in black paint, whisked over a piece of window screen.

    I think the technique is called "spatter painting, and we would put down found objects such as leaves, spools, popsicle sticks, and spatter over the paper. Pick up the objects and view your creation.
     
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    This technique is called me outside in rain, lol. And lots of contrast.
     
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    Peg I think it just a matter of maximum zoom extension and wide open aperture. The shot would likely have been at ISO200 and f8. All you would need is a tripod.
     
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    That little flash works great.
     
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    Go B&W and kick up the contrast a ton ... just to see what happens ...
     
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    high ISO doesn't cause a soft photo like that. Sorry, but no.

    whatever posterized the image killed off any and all detail.
     
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    At this point, I think it was primarily having the AF "All" setting but the high ISO and my lack of technique just amplified the missed focus on the first photo. The second photo shot at a similar time of day, through the rain covered window, picked up the face very sharply in comparison. I updated the AF to single point and turned the face and eye detection on. Much better results, IMO, although my plan to have the photo be him looking through the window while the rain ran down was thwarted by the rain just sitting there like specs! I used the window because my nephew would be uncomfortable with the camera pointed right at him. He has Asperger's and eye contact and getting his photo taken can be issues for him. Going to try again today with a more direct approach and a different model.
     
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    looking at your flickr, that Fuji handles itself nicely at 5000 iso. that 60mm macro looks really sharp in most your portraits, but wasn't seeing much from your 18-55.
     

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