The focus point of any given photo (at least with Canon DSLR’s) is stored in the photo’s metadata, and it’s always been something that I’ve wanted to be able to see. I know that Canon’s Digital Photo Professional Software can display this, but as a Lightroom user, I don’t even have DPP installed. Recently, I learned of a Lightroom plugin that can do the same thing. It’s called, appropriately enough, the Lightroom Focus Points plugin, and can be found (for free, no less) here.
I’ve been using it for a couple days now, and it seems to work exactly as advertised. The only gotcha that I’ve found so far is that it only seems to work with the original raw or jpeg. If the photo has been edited in Photoshop, it appears to lose the focus point information.
The other downer (not really) is that it’s a be careful what you ask for kind of thing. After running the plugin against a huge batch of shots, I learned just how adept I am at missing my intended focus point. Especially on bird-in-flight, I’ve learned that I suck. Now this example below (shot with my 7D) looks pretty good, but I can tell you that I chose this shot simply because I did actually hit my focus point. That’s seemingly a rare occurrence among the photos I’ve checked so far.
Anyway, the plugin is great, and can be very educational in terms of revealing mistakes in your focus. It can certainly be a blow to your ego though. Highly recommended.