Commack High School Varsity Softball vs. Smithtown West - Playoff
Congratulations to the varsity softball team on their playoff win over Smithtown West. For today's post I thought I'd cover how to minimize focus errors, especially since I have a few in this gallery (106 and 564). When shooting sports you have to react quickly and sometimes you lock focus on the wrong player. If the players are at different distances from the camera and you're shooting at a wide-open aperture chances are your intended subject will be out of focus. Obviously, only you can decide whether or not to trash the photo but if your subject is only slightly out of focus here are a few things you can do to make the photo look a little better.
First, the thing you don't want to do is over-sharpen the whole photo because that will make everything that's in focus look "crunchy". Instead, you can do some local adjustments for sharpness and clarity where it's needed. In Lightroom just use the adjustment brush set to "sharpness" and "clarity" and brush it over your subject where more sharpness is needed. You may want to do this in two passes, one for sharpness and the other for clarity, for more control.
Once this is done you can evaluate your correction, tweak it if necessary, and see if it's still worth keeping the photo.