How to Use Selective Focus on Your Canon EOS 6D - dummies

How to Use Selective Focus on Your Canon EOS 6D

By Doug Sahlin

When you own a camera like the EOS 6D, you can create artistic photos with the selective focus technique. Make sure you add a large aperture lens with an f/stop value of 2.8 or smaller to your arsenal to achieve full effect with this technique. A variety of extras is always useful when shooting.

When you take pictures with the largest aperture on a lens with a focal length 85mm or longer, you have a wonderfully shallow depth of field. You can use this to your advantage by focusing on one spot that will be your center of interest. The rest of the image will be out of focus, and your viewer’s attention will be drawn to the point in sharpest focus.

To create images with this technique:

  1. Switch to a single autofocus point and Aperture Priority mode.

  2. Look through the viewfinder and position the autofocus point over your center of attention.

  3. Press the shutter button halfway to achieve focus and then recompose the image.

    Consider switching to a single autofocus point and focusing, like with the Harley Davidson badge. A Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens is a good choice for these situations.