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I haven’t really given it a lot of thought but I think that an oof pic has got to be near the top if not at the top of the list of fails for a photo. In this day and age of amazing AF cameras, there is little excuse to not get a shot in focus. Yes, you may have to take responsibility and select an AF point and with regards to the cameras and lenses I use at F2.8 and less, you may have to do a little afma-ing. But for the most part, the photos these fauxs take are snapshots. For example, I looked through a lot of the ones by PH pros. My ancient P&S that I carry around for fun when I go on a hike can get better shots than this https://www.facebook.com/498124273533390/photos/a.505573086121842.121173.498124273533390/881151088564038/?type=1&theater

I don’t think that shot has a focus problem.  “ODECA” on the lanyard of the front girl is sharp and the “5” on the shirt of the girl in row 3 is also pretty good.  That suggests focus was achieved and DOF was pretty good too.  It’s too bad Facebook strips EXIF data.  I suspect that was a pretty slow shutter shot and the blur is due to motion.  Lighting in that shot is terrible!

I’ve never used a $300 bridge camera for model shoots so I don’t know if it’s the camera limiting this “pro” or their inability to actually use it properly.

I think it’s his ability, or lack thereof.  If you have control of the light, even a cell phone will turn in a good photo, and if it’s your model shoot you should have control of the light.  Even if you don’t have control over the light, a bridge camera can provide reasonable results.  Casino Rama doesn’t want me to use my dSLR’s in their theatre.  Their thinking is that a good camera will allow saleable photos, and they do their best to prevent the audience from taking good photos, which I think is a shame because I see lots of people with their cell phones out shooting both stills and video.  In automated modes, the camera struggles.  I like the lights in this one, but the performer’s images suck!  Judging by the cameras I see in the audience I suspect poor, burned out photos are all a lot of people go home with.

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It was taken in Aperture Priority mode which gave good spotlights but burned out the performers while the audience was black but recoverable in Photoshop.

But with a bridge camera like my wife’s old Canon G11 (5 generations old, now), you can tell the camera what you want, and it delivers.

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That Fujifilm he’s holding appears to have a pop-up flash and a hot shoe, so a good flash could be attached for shots like the “little models”, and in a studio environment you could use hot lights or off camera strobes.   His lighting and post processing are both bad.