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  • Focusing on eyes of two or more birds in a frame

    Posted by Arunangshu Ghosh on August 19, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    Dear Sudhir Sir

    I have recently subscribed your all in one pack and currently continuing my learning journey.

    I am trying to capture birds in field using my Nikon gears – D500 and Nikon 200-500 AFS. I have seen in most of the cases when I’m photographing birds which are stationary, I’m only able to focus eyes of a single bird in a frame even though the second and third ones are sitting very near to them. Is there any way to keep eyes of all 2 or 3 of them in focus and blur the background? I am using 9 focus points (or sometimes group focus) with AFC but it’s not working for me in this case.

    Best Regards

    Arunangshu Ghosh

    Arunangshu Ghosh replied 10 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Sudhir Shivaram

    August 19, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    The way the focusing works is that you can only focus at one single point in the frame, even though you may be using 9pt AF or grp.

    To achieve what you are trying to accomplish, you need to understand depth of field (have a separate course on that). Then you can focus on the eye of any one bird and using the concept of depth of field get the other birds also in focus.

    • Arunangshu Ghosh

      August 20, 2023 at 1:14 pm

      Okay, thanks Sir. I think we have a chapter on how to get blurred background. The DOF is covered under the same. Let me follow the same carefully. Will come back to you with questions if needed. Thank you.

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