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Autofocus on today's DSLRs is pretty remarkable. It almost always gets what you want in focus, exactly perfect, which is pretty good, right? The thing is, the camera wants your object that it's going to focus on to be right in the middle of the frame. Now to be fair, most modern DSLRs do a pretty good job of finding things that aren't in the middle. And focusing on those when it thinks that that's what you want to focus on. Well, let's face it. Sometimes, the camera doesn't really know. For example, if I want to focus on the tree that's off to the left instead of the mountain in the front, the camera probably isn't going to figure that out.

Introduction

Autofocus on today's DSLRs is pretty remarkable. It almost always gets what you want in focus, exactly perfect, which is pretty good, right? The thing is, the camera wants your object that it's going to focus on to be right in the middle of the frame. Now to be fair, most modern DSLRs do a pretty good job of finding things that aren't in the middle. And focusing on those when it thinks that that's what you want to focus on. Well, let's face it. Sometimes, the camera doesn't really know. For example, if I want to focus on the tree that's off to the left instead of the mountain in the front, the camera probably isn't going to figure that out.

There's a couple different ways we can handle this. You can focus and recompose, which is a pretty common practice. Where I point the camera at a subject, and focus on that. Lock the focus, and then move the camera and take the picture. But there are more advance ways that you can do this as well. Throughout this chapter, we're going to talk about the ways to take total control over the Autofocus in your camera.

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