Focus tracking: 4 ways to ensure pin-sharp action photos

How to use focus tracking: 03 Be ready and steady

How to use focus tracking: 02 Select the focus point

How to use focus tracking: 02 Select the focus point

Most cameras have a choice of focusing points, which can be used individually or collectively to acquire focus on a given subject.

The centre focusing point is usually the most accurate, and enables you to focus very accurately on a specific part of the subject.

It works well for action shots but does rely on good technique to keep the focus point locked on the subject.

An alternative is to expand the focusing area to form a cluster of focus points so that it is more likely that one of the focus points will overlap with the subject and acquire focus.

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The biggest issue when trying to maintain focus is when the focusing points stray off the subject and lock onto something in the background instead.

Keeping the subject underneath the focusing point and shooting against a plain background help reduce this problem.

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Don’t restrict yourself to using the central focusing point every time – selecting one of the peripheral points often results in better composition.

This can be done manually by scrolling around the focus points to activate the one you want to use.

How to use focus tracking: 01 Use continuous focus mode
How to use focus tracking: 02 Select the focus point
How to use focus tracking: 03 Be ready and steady
How to use focus tracking: 04 Stay on target

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