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Blur by Focus Lock and Recompose (FLR)

Focus lock should not be confused with focus luck, which we all need more of!

Consider these two shooting approaches —

compose - focus - expose
focus - recompose - expose (FLR)

These two approaches are not equivalent. Composing first, then focusing means that focus stays put as intended. Focusing first, then recomposing moves the nominal plane of focus around. How much it moves depends on how drastic a framing change is made.

When shooting at close range and/or with a fast lens at wider apertures like f/1.4 or f/2 or f/2.8, the change in focus can be significant enough to cause blur.

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