How to set a pre-focus? (for self-portrait)

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by YoungRebel, May 14, 2008.

  1. YoungRebel

    YoungRebel TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2007
    Messages:
    130
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Hollywood,CA/Hamburg,DE
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Hey folks,

    This might be a totally stupid question but for some reason my self-portraits turn out soft or out of focus almost every time....

    The reason is clear:
    I try to maunally pre-set the focus to a distance where I will try to in the shot...
    It's easier when smaller aperture, but sometimes I'd like to play around with f2.8 or so in a self-portrait and it just won't get the focus right...

    Is there an easy way to setup the camera, that it will refocus right before the shot is fired?


    Thanks for your help!
    Pat
     
  2. dEARlEADER

    dEARlEADER TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2008
    Messages:
    1,312
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I've never tried but I seen some people say to use large stuffed animals/teddy bears...

    I guess you finely focus on the fibre's and then boot them out the way...

    ps - since there are no fine fibre's on a blow up doll you should not use that...
     
  3. Stillsky

    Stillsky TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 13, 2008
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    You can probably get a remote to focus and fire the camera while you stand in front of it.
     
  4. HTPhotography

    HTPhotography TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 6, 2008
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    0
    Like Stillsky said, the best way would be to get a remote for this. You'll actually find a ton of other uses for the remote as well, it's a great investment!
     
  5. YoungRebel

    YoungRebel TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2007
    Messages:
    130
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Hollywood,CA/Hamburg,DE
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Thanks guys!

    Similar to the Stuffed Teddy was my technique in the past, but it's quite difficult to hit a cool shot that way...

    The remote is a goood idea...but I heard that most of them have poor build-quality.
    The wired ones often have too short cables and the wireless don't always work...

    Any suggestion which remote is worth buying it? ;)
     
  6. Focus the lens, then turn off AF. The lens will stay focused.
     
  7. Rachelsne

    Rachelsne TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2008
    Messages:
    1,138
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Yorktown, VA, USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I possted a thread like this the other day, let me find it

    *looks at old threads*

    Here

    I do think I am going to invest in a remote that allows me to focus then shoot though... useful for self portraits and night shooting/slow shutter :)
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page
how to focus self portrai
,

how to pre focus camera

,
how to pre-focus
,
how to prefocus
,
how to prefocus dslr
,
how to prefocus during self photography
,
how to set pre focus slr dslr
,
how to set prefocus
,
presetting focus on a dslr
,
why are my self portraits out of fucus