Modern cameras generally have superb autofocusing systems that can get the vast majority of subjects sharp in a jiffy, but they’re not 100% foolproof. Let’s take a look at some of the most common focusing problems and how to tackle them.
Common focusing problems: 01 Camera focuses on the wrong subject
Many people like to let their camera decide where to focus, but the problem with this is that it usually assumes that the subject is near the centre of the frame and the closest object to the lens.
If you’re subject is off-centre and/or there are objects between the camera and the subject you are likely to find the camera gets a bit confused and may focus on the wrong thing.
The easiest way to avoid this problem is the set the AF point yourself. To do this you need to set your camera to Single-point or Flexible-spot AF mode.
This option has many names, so you may need to check your camera’s manual to find out which is the right option.
Once the option is set you may need to use control button to activate it and then you can use the navigation controls to select the AF point that overlies your subject.
Autofocus point options – what subjects should each be used with?
Best camera focus techniques – 10 surefire ways to get sharp photos
Focus modes – how, when and why you need to change your AF settings
10 reasons why your photos aren’t sharp (and what you can do about it)
Pre-focus vs Tracking: when and how to use each technique