First camera crash course: simple solutions for mastering your new DSLR

First camera crash course: simple solutions for mastering your new DSLR

First Camera Crash Course Lesson 7: How to get your subjects sharp

First Camera Crash Course Lesson 7: How to get your subjects sharp

Focus on background

  • When using manual AF point selection, be careful that your DSLR doesn’t focus on the background by mistake
  • Your DSLR’s autofocus will ‘hunt’ around, trying to focus on objects in the foreground and background, when you half-press the shutter button

 

First Camera Crash Course Lesson 7: How to focus on your subject

Focus on subject

  • Timing is everything when focusing on fast-moving subjects!
  • Use Continuous Drive mode to keep up with the action. Be ready to press the shutter button before, during and after the subject flies through your frame
  • You can also pre-focus on the spot your subject will hit (the post in our shot) then switch to Manual Focus (MF on your lens) to lock the focus

First Camera Crash Course Lesson 1: Aperture explained
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 2: using exposure compensation
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 3: How shutter speeds work
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 4: Fast vs Slow shutter speeds
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 5: How to focus and stay sharp
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 6: Choosing your AF points
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 7: How to get your subjects sharp
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 8: Avoid the common composition mistakes
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 9: Using the Rule of Thirds
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 10: Anatomy of your viewfinder

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