Focus modes: how, when and why you need to change your AF settings

Focus modes: how, when and why you need to change your AF settings

Picking the right AF mode for your subject is essential if you want sharp results. Most DSLRs come with one manual focusing mode and three auto options, including single shot, continuous and an automatic mode that switches between the two. These auto modes all work the same way (lightly press the shutter release and the lens will focus) but each suits a different type of subject. Here’s how each of your options work and when and why you want to use them.

Creative Focus: camera tips for static to spontaneous subjects

Creative Focus: camera tips for static to spontaneous subjects

In today’s world of responsive technology, shooting successful imagery has never been easier. It’s hard to believe that not so long ago, a jostling Fleet Street photographer would have had no choice but to focus manually in the photo scrum, as would sports photographers.

Can you imagine tracking a fast-moving tennis pro without lightning-quick AF? Thankfully, today every camera, from the humble mobile phone to a consumer SLR, has a sophisticated and accurate AF system.

How to use autofocus with moving subjects

Camera tips: how to use autofocus with moving subjects

Taking sharp pictures of a moving target can be a real challenge for photographers of all levels of abilities. In our latest guide of advanced camera tips and expert advice we answer some of the common questions about how to use autofocus with moving subjects and explain how to choose and use the right AF mode.

Get to know your camera

Get to know your camera

Got a new camera for Christmas or just upgraded? Master it quickly with our easy guide to camera settings, exposure, aperture, shutter speed, focus modes, lens choice, flash modes, image editing, printing, camera accessories, camera care, and more…

Set up your camera

Set up your camera

Hit the ground running with our guide to setting up your new SLR, including choosing the right exposure mode, choosing the right metering mode, setting the aperture and shutter speed, and picking the the focus and drive modes