Help with focusing on Ef 85mm f/1.8

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    Hello all,

    My first post. Sorry if this isn’t the right place to post this. There are a million threads.

    I have A canon 6d markii and with my 85mm i have An nd filter. I notice With the filter or even without it, my images are a little soft or even seem to look “cloudy”? If that makes sense then I’m sure you know what i mean. If you have any tips I would appreciate it. I have My first maternity shoot tomorrow morning!!


     
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    Is the REAR element of the lens immaculately clean?
     
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    Yea i checked
     
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    Are the images "cloudy" at f/5.6, or they "cloudy" at f/1.8? Could you post a sample to show us what you mean?
     
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    I think this was at 2.5?
     
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    I can see no EXIF info, but it looks like the aperture is wide-ish, like f/1.8 to f/2.5 or so...I think the shot looks dreamy... where the focus/depth of field is good, it is SHARP..look at her left eyebrow: SHARP, each hair is revealed, clearly.
     
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    Some day, this will be a cherished family memory
     
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    Man thank you for my generous help. Any tips for my maternity shoot tomorrow? It’s my first one!
     
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    Do NOT use the lens wide open.
    A FAST lens with a shallow Depth of Field has to be used carefully.
    The shallow Depth of Field will give your subject the same problem; mom's face in focus but baby out of focus.
    You NEED to put both subjects in the same focus plane, or only one will be in focus.

    Too late but, you NEED to learn and practice LONG BEFORE an important shoot, not the evening before.
     
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    There are some good answers above but I would also add to take note of your shutter speed. A longer focal length will need a faster shutter speed to negate hand shake, etc. Also the heavier the lens the faster your shutter speed will need to be. You will get to know your equipment and how you can handle it as you play around with it.
     

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