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    How to use manual focus

    | Photography for Beginners | 24/02/2012 13:09pm
    How to use Manual Focus

    Why should you learn how to use manual focus (MF or M), especially with all the amazing advances in autofocus (AF or A) technology? Well, there’ll be times when all the AF points in the world won’t help you get sharp shots. Often, activating MF is the only way of beating the dreaded blur.

    Macro photographers often use manual focus to dictate their focus point. So do low-light shooters and photographers working in tricky situations, such as shooting through glass, or perhaps focusing on a distant horizon on a misty morning, when autofocus may struggle to get a lock. Sports photographers benefit from pre-focusing in manual focus, especially if they can predict exactly where the action is going to take place.

    Explore your SLR

    | Photography for Beginners | 08/12/2011 11:15am
    Explore your SLR

    Stick to your camera’s auto settings and all your shots will look the same, and you might not always get the results you’re after. Here’s how to explore your camera’s settings in depth…

    Focus modes explained

    | Photography for Beginners | 08/12/2011 11:05am
    Focus modes explained

    Focus and drive settings are often overlooked by photographers, but they are essential for coping with challenging situations