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Today's cameras put an amazing amount of power in the hands of amateur photographers, but it's not always easy to make use of it. All those buttons, dials, and settings can be pretty intimidating. In this workshop, expert photographer Joseph Linaschke helps you understand what's going on inside your camera, explaining fundamentals like what an aperture is and how shutter speed works. Learn basics such as how to hold the camera, what various modes mean and when to use them, and even how and when to use the camera's flash. There's also creative instruction to guide you towards becoming a better photographer. As you become more comfortable with your gear, you'll find that many new creative possibilities open up for you and the quality of your photography improves.
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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