I'm finding this assignment tough because it's not really my nature to be so analytical -- but in thinking about it I am remembering a couple of years ago with my old Lumix point-and-shoot I couldn't seem to find the way to focus my macro shots. I'm obsessed with closeups of flowers (like just about everyone else who has a camera it seems) and I wanted to get in as close as I could with sharp focus. It seems obvious now but I hadn't connected the little green square in the middle of the image as showing what was in focus. Reviewing my camera manual was what finally helped me make this connection. When I did, everything opened up for me and I was able to take images like these two where there's a shallow depth of field and the focus is on one detail.
I'm still working with a point-and-shoot camera; now it's a Canon G12. I chose this because it's got just about all the functions of a DSLR but isn't as bulky. However I am still finding it difficult to get the autofocus to set on what I want.
Look at this photo taken just this weekend. I was trying to focus on the two ladybugs on the grass stem but no matter how many times I refocused the camera kept focusing on the rocks in behind. After several attempts I gave up. I know that if I had the time to persist and spend maybe half an hour working with this I would have managed to get something better than this--but then the bus came and we had to leave for the folk music festival.
Part of the problem was that I didn't have the time to spend on it. But maybe it's time to go back to my camera manual. I know there are other focusing options that I need to review.