Pro tips: get more from autofocus

Before: Missing sharpness - Due to the fast motion of the subject and multiple obstacles between the camera and car, AF has been unable to maintain critical focus. (Image credit: Future)

After: Improved controllability - By reducing AF sensitivity and presetting a focus distance I was able to track the car and shoot at a predetermined spot, confident focus would be achieved. (Image credit: Future)

Focussing in fast paced conditions is one of the greatest challenges a photographer can experience. When the subject is moving erratically and at high speed it draws on all of our camera skill and subject knowledge, to correctly cover the main zones of the scene by the focus plane. Not only do we have to work quickly but we also have to maintain the same level of precision as when shooting in any other, more static conditions. 

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Peter Fenech

As the Editor for  Digital Photographer magazine, Peter is a specialist in camera tutorials and creative projects to help you get the most out of your camera, lens, tripod, filters, gimbal, lighting and other imaging equipment.

After cutting his teeth working in retail for camera specialists like Jessops, he has spent 11 years as a photography journalist and freelance writer – and he is a Getty Images-registered photographer, to boot.

No matter what you want to shoot, Peter can help you sharpen your skills and elevate your ability, whether it’s taking portraits, capturing landscapes, shooting architecture, creating macro and still life, photographing action… he can help you learn and improve.