Finding Focus Understanding the Camera's Eye
Finding Focus by Nicole S. Young provides a straightforward introduction into the concept of focus and how one applies it within their photography. Included in this introduction as the basic idea of why focus matters and how it is applied can ultimately make or brake what you are trying to represent in your particular image.
Nicole gives us a nice background on lens aperture and its effect on depth of field and focus. If you do not understand what lens compression is, then I suggest you grab Nicole's book since she cleaarly explains what it is and includes some solid examples of its application.
While Nicole is known for her food photography and she does include some examples of it in the book to demonstrate application of lens compression, this is not a book dedicated to food photography. Its concepts are applicable across all disciplines including portraits and macro photography which Nicole touches upon.
Nicole also talks about the application of focus in landscapes, group photos and how it can be used to convey your story or message that you are trying to put forth in your images. Included in the book is some specialty lens discussion and application of various leading software packages and how they can also assist in applying just the right focus to your image.
I believe that anyone getting more serious about their photography, especially those with advanced Point & Shoots or those recent converts to their first Digital SLR would greatly benefit from this book. And although there are no specific discussions on camera phone photography in the book, the concepts discussed in it can equally apply to those looking to get more creative with those devices as well.
I would have liked a bit more detail provided in the discussion regarding landscape photography and where one decides where to focus in the scene. A basic tip is provided, but a little more discussion of the more technical approach mentioned in the book would have been helpful.
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