Look familiar? Happens all the time. You take a bunch of shots, they look great on your tiny, tiny, camera LCD, get home, download the images, and whammo, a ton of shots are out of focus.
I always shoot with my camera’s lens set to Auto Focus. I have always had a hard time focusing the lens manually because my eye balls just aren’t as good as most. They really did call me “four eyes” in 3rd grade. Anyway, many years ago, with film, our cameras were not electronic. Can you even imagine that? Everything was completely manual on a camera, including the focus. So it was REALLY hard getting an image to be perfectly in-focus back then.
Now with our fancy digital cameras that can be set to shoot with everything on Automatic, focusing is less challenging these days, however, it can still be an issue.
Do you have trouble figuring out what camera angle to use for your food shots? I find that with the students that I teach, this is a very common problem.
My students often teach me what I need to teach them. When I first started teaching, I would do a demo in class where I set up my camera while my colleague, who I was teaching the class with, would set up our food and props for the demo shot. A student asked me, “how do you know where to put your camera?”. I had to think for a few minutes. This has become so built in for me, that I realized I didn’t even think about it, I just sort of knew where to put it.
This was never taught to me in school that I can remember. I have two degrees from two different schools. Neither of these schools ever talked about food photography when I was there. So how did I know where to put my camera?