Best camera focus techniques: 10 surefire ways to get sharp photos

Best camera focus techniques: 10 surefire ways to get sharp photos

Automatic focus point selection

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When you are focusing automatically you need to have the active AF point over the subject in the viewfinder to get it sharp.

Broadly speaking, there are two ways of selecting the AF point using this camera focus technique.

The easiest is to let your camera decide for you and use the automatic AF selection point option.

In many situations the camera will do a decent job and this is a useful option when you don’t have much time to get the shot.

However, your camera will usually try to focus on the closest object near the centre of the frame and it’s not usually very good at pin-pointing smaller subjects or fine details.

For this reason it’s often better to set the AF point yourself.

Manual AF point selection

Manual AF point selection

Setting the AF point yourself gives you the maximum level of control over where your camera focuses, and it’s a good option for landscape, still life and portrait photography when you have time to operate the necessary camera controls.

Setting this camera focus option is usually done by pressing the AF point selection button and then using the navigation controls to select the AF point you want while you look through the viewfinder.

Once you reach the AF point that is over your subject, you’re ready to focus and take the picture.

In some cases you may be able to set the navigation controls to select the AF point directly without the need to press a button beforehand, but this can be at the expense of their usual shortcut functions.

PAGE 1: Manual Focus, Single AF, Continuous AF
PAGE 2: Automatic focus point selection, Manual focus point selection
PAGE 3: Face Detection AF, Focus and re-compose technique
PAGE 4: Back button focusing, Hyperfocal distance focusing, Focus stacking


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