I want to get this out of the way first: Growing older is for the birds.
Let me explain this inevitability: I’m now firmly in my 50’s and those two things I use to do what I do — my eyes — aren’t what they use to be. Even with corrective lenses — shooting video has become painfully more difficult with maintaining focus on my subjects that are not stationary. This became readily apparent this past weekend shooting what I call hand held video portraits — shooting footage of a subject looking at the camera but hand holding the camera instead of putting on a tripod.
Even with focus peaking and such, I could not maintain accurate focus on the subjects eyes. The footage I shot was soft, slightly out of focus and mushy — a total bust.Continue reading