• Susan

The Art of the Focal Point

Taking an art I learned in Nature Photography into the studio for a Boudoir session.

It's all about the eye, while leaving just enough for balance.

There are so many things to learn when you first start out in photography. The exposure triangle, composition, camera settings, lenses, and more. Once I became comfortable with all these, I found myself drawn to shooting close-up and abstract scenes. I could take my camera out in the yard, downtown or to a park and find unlimited subjects. I trained my eye to look for the extraordinary in the everyday.

“One technique that many photographers use to add a ‘wow factor’ to their images is to shoot with a shallow depth of field. In doing so they isolate part of the shot which is nicely in focus while throwing elements in the background (and sometimes the foreground) out of focus and into a lovely blur.”

When I felt that I'd taken my kit lenses (the lenses a camera comes with) as far as they would go for me creatively, I invested in a Macro lens. A Macro lens is one that has a low F-stop and thus allows the photographer to isolate one element in an image by putting only that in focus. Everything else in the scene is blurred. These were 'wow' images for me. Therefore, it was only natural to apply this technique to Boudoir photography. It was comfortable for me and extremely flattering for my clients. Focusing on an eye, or the lips or another body part, draws the viewer's eye to that part of the image. Although there is more in the image, the remainder is blurred to give the focus context.

For Boudoir, a #nikon 50mm, f/1.8 lens is my go-to lens. Not only are close-up images beautiful, so are those at a range of depth of fields. And with a shallow profile, the lens isn't intimidating to my clients. They appreciate the results as well since at least one of this style of image always makes it into their album.


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