Focus Options: The Eyes Have It

by Jim Zuckerman

mountain lion cub
mountain lion cub
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When the eyes of an animal or person are not equidistant to the camera and your depth of field is shallow, you have to choose which eye to focus on. Almost without exception, you should choose the eye closest to the lens as the point of focus.

That's what I did with this mountain lion cub. I would have preferred that both eyes be in focus, but if I could only have one of them sharp (due to low light circumstances in combination with using a telephoto lens), then I'd choose the one closest to my shooting position.

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