October 3, 2023 at 1:55 pm #82749Pierce WyenandtParticipantOctober 4, 2023 at 9:41 am #82804David TremainParticipant
Ah! One of my biggest struggles! And no, I haven’t found the answer yet!
If you zoom your picture to around 550%, and look at the center right cluster of insects, you will see they are not in tack-sharp focus. At that zoom factor there is a clump of flowers above and to the right of the insects that looks to be much more in focus, so I’m guessing your in-focus area was slightly behind the insects.
Canon auto-focus finds some scenes more difficult to focus on than others. This image is a significant collection of patterns going every which way, so the camera AF uses a “best guess” focus. I was going to say choose a different scene to explore focus, but on the other hand, if this is the type of scene you want to be able to get tack-sharp focus on, then practice with it.
It may help to use live view and the buttons on the upper right of the back of the camera (labeled in light blue) to zoom the display in on the subject to try to get a better view of what focus the camera is going to use. You might also try switching to manual focus and see if you can get a more accurate focus without the AF assist. Of course, manual focus is much slower than AF, and insects are fast… It might be worthwhile to focus on the area where the insects may land, and then wait for some to cooperate.October 5, 2023 at 10:20 am #82815Lydia BennettKeymaster
@robo062003, great job getting out there and practicing! If you’re working on learning how to focus well, I’d encourage you to work mostly with stationery subjects for starters. Compose your photo so there is an obvious subject, and focus on that. Once you’re more comfortable with that, branch more into moving subjects and complex compositions. Bees are harder to photograph than one would think!
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