Focus-Points

 


 

 

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“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.” - Don McCullin

 

 


 

 

Up until this point most of us who are coming from the world are use to just use to pointing our camera in the direction of a subject and just squeezing the shutter button. Now you must step back and ask yourself what is the focus of the picture?  What is the first thing I want people to notice when they look at my photo. Is the subject moving or still, these are all the things we must now take into account.

 

In the picture above I wanted the eyes to focus on the chain being held by the model.  I was able to obtain a shallow depth of field because I had a low f-number and since the subject was not moving AF-S to obtain focus.  Below you will learn about the different focus modes.

 

 

AI Servo AF (Canon)/AF-C (Nikon) stands for Continuous Focus and this mode is most useful for keeping moving objects sharp within the viewfinder as you track the object. As soon as you push down on the shutter release button, the camera goes into action and begins to focus.

 

In Continuous focusing mode, the camera detects the subject’s movements and refocuses accordingly to keep the object sharp as a tack. This mode uses a lot of battery power because it is continuously focusing and refocusing. This is a good mode for sports

 

Up until this point most of us who are coming from the world are use to just use to pointing our camera in the direction of a subject and just squeezing the shutter button.  Now you must step back and ask yourself what is the focus of the picture?  What is the first thing I want people to notice when they look at my photo. Is the subject moving or still, these are all the things we must now take into account.

 

 


 

 

One-Shot AF (Canon)/AF-S (Nikon), which represent single-focus capability. In this mode, when you push down halfway on the shutter release button, the camera focuses on the subject just once – there’s no continuous adjustment. This mode saves battery power, and is ideal for subjects that aren’t moving.

 

However, this mode falls short when you’re trying to capture something that’s changing positions. Don't use this mode if you are trying to photography children that will not stay still for more than a second. Your photographs will all be blurs.

 

 

 


 

 

The last autofocus mode is AI Focus AF (Canon)/AF-A (Nikon), which stands for Automatic Autofocus. This is a relatively new feature which has turned out to be quite useful. In this mode the camera’s focusing computer jumps back and forth between AF-C and AF-S (Nikon)/One-Shot AF and AI Servo AF (Canon) depending on the situation.

 

This is the default autofocus mode on cameras that have this feature. You have to remember that photography can be an art, and in art you have to go with what’s in your mind’s eye. You never know what’s going to happen next or what’s going to catch your eye, so it’s useful to have the camera make quick focus adjustments. This feature maintains focus if you change subjects or the subject moves.

 

 

 

 

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