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You can also focus manually in live view, and sometimes this is a way to work around the camera's autofocus not being able to lock focus on what you want. I am going to start just like I always would, by switching the Manual focus switch over to Manual, away from Auto focus, and I'm going to activate live view. So here I see my scene. Now, the problem with manual focusing in live view is I have just got this 3 inch LCD, so it can be kind of difficult know if I've actually got focus set properly.
Fortunately, I have this button with a big magnifying glass on it. If I put my focus spot on top of the area I want to focus, which I am doing with my multi-controller, and then hit the magnifying button, that takes me into approximately 5 times magnification, and that bumps me up to 10. So I am going to put that right there, and now I have got a really clear view of my focus. So I am just going to go about right there. Press the magnifying glass again, and I come back out of full size, and now I'm ready to take my shot.
Metering will still be based on this square, so the same square where I was focusing is also going to be the source of my meter. So manual focus in live view is also a good way to work around autofocus problems. It's going to be much easier if you zoom in first. Trying to judge focus on the screen could be very difficult.
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