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« on: February 25, 2007, 04:07 »
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I always thought and imagined that "No clear center focal point" meant that the subject lacked at reference for the eyes of the viewer to focus on.
That it had nothing to do with the focus of the camera. As a new photographer, working out what exactly stock sites wanted, I took pics of
EVERYTHING in the beginning. And, like all new beginners, I tried to learn from my rejects.

One of the "canned" reject I sometimes received "No clear center focal point", baffled me, as the images was clearly (to me) in focus!
"How could the reviewer say this image was out of focus!?" "It's was clearly sharp as a tack!" So in my own mind, I resolved this by interpreting
the reviewers comments to mean: There is a lacking central focus point for the viewers eye.

I could be wrong, and if so I would like to hear your comments.


« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2007, 04:31 »
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Hi, Bob, What they meant by "No focal point," was no clear main subject, no point on which the viewer could focus their eyes. In Phot-speak "Focal-point"means literally "Point of focus" in an image, Regards, Ken

« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2007, 04:34 »
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Thanks Ken.
So according to you, I am correct in assuming "There is a lacking central focus point for the viewers eye."

« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2007, 04:46 »
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I got it on a few photos and took it to mean, "boring shot". Ie. nothing that jumps out and grabs the view.

« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2007, 05:03 »
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I've always taken it to mean, "We don't really want this picture, but we can't think of any other reason why we should reject it."

I've had it, on occasions, for items that I've isolated on white, that have been perfectly sharp, and it used to baffle me.

Now I don't take any notice. If they don't want something they don't want it ... full stop.

Greg Boiarsky

« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2007, 12:47 »
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This is it, I believe.  If there's no visual focus, or the shot simply lacks "pop," you'll get the "No clear center focal point" message.

I got it on a few photos and took it to mean, "boring shot". Ie. nothing that jumps out and grabs the view.

« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2007, 18:17 »
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My understanding of "no clear focal point" was always of a clear subject in the image and I have seen this in many cases, but I have also seen people receiving such rejection reason for image with problem in focus itself.

Regards,
Adelaide

ianhlnd

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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2007, 21:12 »
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Hey Bob, glad you came out of the closet (not that closet, the other one) ;D

I have a different interperetation for no clear focal point.

There's no movement.  the photo is flat, the eye doesn't roam  around the subject to provide a definite focal point.   In the photo you referencing, I focus on the yellow tooth, not cool.

It's an old "fine arts" concept which most of us have forgotten with isolations and all.
« Last Edit: February 25, 2007, 21:17 by ianhlnd »

« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2011, 02:29 »
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I call it Dominate Visual. That is just good design otherwise you just have an uninteresting scene. But IS inspectors may see it many different ways... and usually do.

« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2011, 04:59 »
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I'm not sure why you keep opening threads that are so old .  4 years in this case and the OP rjmiz died a couple of years ago!!

grp_photo

« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2011, 06:05 »
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Oxman I don't if this is a try to advertise your services/business (at least I saw a similar behaviour from other persons in the past) but in this case it is kind of impiously.

« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2011, 19:28 »
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Sorry about that. I was clicking on "related topics" at the bottom of the page. Didn't look at  the dates.

tough crowd  ::)

« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2011, 20:09 »
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Have had a few spammers recently, so thats why. It's all good. Carry on.

« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2011, 20:32 »
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« Last Edit: March 18, 2011, 06:49 by cclapper »


 

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