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Chad Perkins: Focusing on a subject, especially when you're using a DSLR with a large sensor size and often has a shallow depth field, is extremely important regardless of what you're shooting. Brian Liepe: To get focus on your DSLR, in movie mode move the white focus rectangle to the area in the image you want to be in focus. Press the magnify button once for 5 times magnification or twice for 10 times the magnification. Spin the focus ring until you've achieved focus. Press the magnify button once more and it will toggle back out to your original frame.
Chad Perkins: Most still photographers just can't live without auto-focus, but as videographers using our DSLRs, we don't have that luxury. We have to pull focus with the focus ring on the lens. But because of that, we could actually use old school SLR lenses, like this one here this old Nikon lens that I have, and you can often find really high-quality lenses for cheap, because you don't need them to have auto-focus they just have manual focus. So again, they are usually pretty inexpensive when bought used.
Brian Liepe: In addition to the magnify feature, there are a few things that will help you maintain focus. Later on in this series we'll talk about a monitor and how it can help you achieve focus, and this contraption right here, it's called a follow focus. It will help you maintain focus on a moving subject. So remember these tools when you're trying to achieve sharp focus.
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