Photography for beginners: 6 reasons you’re smarter than your camera

Photography for beginners: 6 reasons you're smarter than your camera

Photography for beginners: 02 The subject isn’t the closest object

Photography for beginners: 02 The subject isn’t the closest object

When they’re set to select the AF point many cameras assume that the subject is the nearest object and that it’s close to the centre of the frame.

However, this is often not the case. Imagine, for example, that you’re shooting a portrait in a garden with lots of flowers in the foreground and an off-centre subject, the camera may try to focus on one of the larger blooms rather than your subject.

The solution is simple, you need to take control over AF point selection yourself so that you can position it over the correct subject.

SEE MORE: Master your camera’s autofocus – which AF points to use (and when to use them)

Alternatively, if there’s not an AF point exactly where you need one, move the camera so that the active point is over your subject, press the shutter release halfway to focus the lens and then, while keeping your finger on the shutter release, recompose the picture before pressing the shutter button fully home.

Photography for beginners: 01 You know what you’re shooting
Photography for beginners: 02 The subject isn’t the closest object
Photography for beginners: 03 The scene is very bright or very dark
Photography for beginners: 04 The subject is backlit
Photography for beginners: 05 You’re shooting a macro subject
Photography for beginners: 06 Shooting in warm/cold light

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