I am obsessed with shooting wide open lately. Something about the softness of it that I love, although I do agree with you, it's harder to get great focus. Especially with fast moving kids!! I just practice like crazy and take a bunch of shots of the same thing, adjusting my settings as needed.
These are so great - I really love the first shot.
This made me smile! I love moments like these. I love to shoot wide open as well. It's a challenge to get great focus with a moving subject. I would say make sure that your shutter speed is no lower than 1/250 if possible, and make sure you toggle your focal points to get the exact ones you want if you aren't already doing that. Regardless of the focus these are great images, and the most important thing is that you spent the time with your little guy to capture them!
Adorable! I have some shots of my son from last year... the first one he's looking at it, the second one he pops it into his mouth and the third one he has a disgusted look on his face and he's looking at me like "why did you let me do that?" As for the focus, I don't know what f stop you're using but I would say to bump it up to the next stop or two. I was trying to shoot my son at 1.8 and it just wasn't working out. I still get a nice blurry background with 2.2 or 2.5, though. Gives me just a little more wiggle room.:)
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hehe, dandelion fuzz on the tongue :-P makes this a super sweet series of photos...
I feel your pain!! My two tips (for whatever they are worth) are: back up (which I constantly have to remind myself to do) and shoot about 2 stops down from wide open. You still get a similar effect but your DOF is not QUITE as shallow which allows you to have a bit better focus. I, too, still struggle with this lots. Keep shooting! :)
Haha, that's awesome! And I agree with Amanda re: the backing up and going to a 2.2 or 2.5.
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