When you switch your camera to Live View, the image is no longer reflected up into the viewfinder or down on to the phase-detection AF sensor. It passes straight through to the sensor, which relays the image ‘live’ to the LCD display on the back of the camera. The image on the sensor is also used to check and adjust the focus. In this tutorial we’ll explain just how your camera’s Live View autofocus works and how you can use it to ensure optimum sharpness.
To activate your autofocus you simply press your shutter button down half-way. But what actually happens when you do…
Your DSLR offers a variety of autofocus points, which can be used in different ways. But which focus points should you use, and when? Our cheat sheet explains all.
In our latest Shoot Like A Pro series we take an in-depth look at some of the most common problems that plague new photographers and explain some simple methods and jargon-free beginner photography tips for avoiding them. This week we turn our attention to focusing and maintaining sharp images.
In this quick guide on how to focus a camera we answer all of the common questions many photographers have about setting the right AF mode and when to use manual focus.
Have you ever wondered how your DSLR’s AF system works? Unlike other types of digital cameras, DSLRs use a phase detection autofocus system to get your subjects pin-sharp. Knowing how this works helps you learn how to focus more efficiently, and our latest photography cheat sheet illustrates exactly what your camera is doing when you half-press the shutter button.
There are a number of typical DSLR focusing features that can make all the difference between a pin-sharp image and a blurry mess. In this cheat sheet we illustrate where to find these focusing features on your DSLR – and what they do.
Avoid switching betwen AF modes and ensure sharp images with this clever back button focus technique. In this tutorial we’ll explain why professional photographers often rely on back button AF to guarantee best results.
Focusing errors can ruin even the best composed images. In this quick guide we answer some of the common questions people have about how to use autofocus in their everyday photography.
Your camera is like a faithful and efficient assistant, but it’s not the brains of the outfit. Some scenes can fool your camera into thinking that something else is the more important subject. In these situations you might debate whether to use autofocus vs manual mode, but there’s no reason you can’t still use autofocus. Your camera’s AF system usually gets it right, but you need to know when it won’t… and what you can do about it.