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The Enthusiast's Guide to Composition by Khara Plicanic

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33. PRE-FOCUS YOUR SELFIE SHOTS

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SOMETIMES YOU NEED a new headshot in a pinch. Or maybe you’re photographing a craft to list on Etsy and you’re not only the maker, but also the photographer and the model. Whenever you find yourself needing to be both behind the camera and in front of it at the same time, focusing can be a tricky task. (This is especially true when using a wide aperture for a blurred background, as your depth of field will be more shallow.)

In order to be able to take a photo that’s in focus, you need to use a “focus target.” As the name implies, a focus target serves as a stand-in for you while you set up and focus the camera. ...

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