Photographer Kim Shalet describes how to use autofocus and manual focus to shoot subjects in different ways. She selects autofocus to capture areas of interest sharply and manual focus to allow blurring for a more creative effect. She demonstrates both types of focus in the studio by shooting a model and talking through her technique.
Ask students to research and explain photographic vocabulary: focus, depth of field, foreground, edge point, frame, shot, aperture etc. Students could work in groups and create a word wall display with all of these words and their meaning. They could then create a series of snaps that demonstrate each word in different ways (for example, for ‘focus’, they could take three photos – one where the subject in out of focus, one where the subject is in sharp focus and one where the focus is softened. Students must explain their reasons behind their choices and evaluate their success.