Go Back   IndieTalk - Indie Film Forum > Making The Film > Cinematography/Lighting

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-08-2017, 09:25 AM   #1
Basic Member
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Canada
Posts: 15
focus tips for 2 moving subjects

I had to shoot a conference, where two speakers were speaking.

Sony a6000. I've used the continuous autofocus and wide focus field + face recognition.

It was relatively ok, but not perfect. Sometimes, the focus picked the guy that wasn't speaking.. and since I was shooting with a relatively low f-stop, to let more light in, even the distance between the two people and focus was obvious.

Is there any way I can control what the auto-focus is focusing on ?

Or do you all guys just use manual focus.
With that, my main issue is that on that small screen, I have trouble focusing precisely. Especially as I don't have the option to zoom-in as in photo mode.
McCloud is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Today   #1A
film guy
Basic Member
Posts: 17

Old 05-08-2017, 10:25 AM   #2
IndieTalk's Resident Guru
directorik's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: hollywood
Posts: 9,506
No. You can't control with auto focus on. Yes there are challenges
in using manual focus - this is something you learn as you gain more
experience. I only use manual focus because I can decide what is in
focus and what isn't rather than letting a computer make that decision.
As good as current auto focus and face recognition is, it doesn't know
what I want in focus when I want it in focus.

Learning takes time.
directorik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2017, 05:30 AM   #3
Basic Member
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Canada
Posts: 15
ok, thanks.

I was actually looking into getting the Panasonic GH5 (although still contemplating on the m43 sensor) which has the touch screen.. where I can focus way easier with just tapping the object I want to focus on.
McCloud is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:18 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.