A soft focus leaves nothing in sharp focus keeping your subject partially obscured for the viewer’s imagination to fill-in.
Normally in a photo the focus would be sharpest at the point you want the viewer to look. So obviously total focus is not always desirable. Keep this in mind: the human eye will search out a point on which it can rest. The purpose for resting is not important now but to know this is huge.
A resting point for the human eye is important so keep your focal point in context.
Search for yourself and find some examples to illustrate your findings through research.
I have found that the eye is looking for the point with the most detail and least distraction. This leads me to believe that the point closest to fully focused (if properly achieved) should be a type of funnel apex. While this makes the most sense logically it may not always work out as intended because of the effects of lighting, contrast and other factors.
I was once told there were four steps to building habits that can be applied to such things as finding the right portrait locations and photographic practices. These steps are:
- Unknowingly ignorant
- Consciously ignorant
- Consciously implemented
- Unknowingly implemented
It is “Okay” to make mistakes. It is “Okay” to even repeat mistakes that you do not know are being made. This is giving you the opportunity to consider a possibility in refining your skill and work. This may be your help to see that you are halfway to being a better photographer!
If you choose to make some changes when mistakes are called to your attention and consciously fix or avoid the problem, you have made it to step 3! Keep it up because all that is necessary for step 4 (unconsciously implementing the solution) is consistent good practice!