Focus on the eyes

Here’s a tip you probably already know: making sure that the eyes are in focus is bound to improve your wildlife shots, even if the eyes aren’t the closest things to the camera.

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Red-legged Pademelon

We humans pay a lot of attention to eyes, so if they’re blurred it often detracts from our pictures. In the shot of the Red-legged Pademelon shown above, most of the animal is out of focus, but because the eyes are sharp it doesn’t matter.

Jumping Spider

Even macro photography can benefit from getting a critter’s eyes in focus.

And what do you do if one eye is further away than the other? Just focus on whichever eye is closest.

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