Join Steve Simon for an in-depth discussion in this video Group-area autofocus settings on the D500, part of Nikon D500: Tips and Techniques.
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- In a Group-area mode is relatively new…to the Nikon Autofocus system.…I'll just set it here…it's represented by this five-point cluster.…It was introduced as a way of tracking…very very fast moving subjects.…It uses kind of a five-point diamond pattern…as essentially a larger single point,…so if you can keep that large single five-point area…on that fast moving subject, and just get any part of it,…it will lock in the focus on that fast moving subject.…
For very fast, erratic moving subjects,…motorcycles coming at high speeds,…it can be extremely useful.…It's different from the Dynamic system,…even though the Dynamic system may implement more points,…like Dynamic 25 or 72, and the Group-area only has five,…but the Dynamic system is dependent on the priority sensor,…that one sensor, so you can be more pinpoint autofocus…with that one sensor on your subject…and the other ones are ready to jump in.…
With the Dynamic mode, with this larger array,…you just have to get a part of your five-point area…on that fast moving subject…
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Steve Simon offers tips, strategies, and tutorials for you to get the most out of your D500. He also calls out techniques that apply to the Nikon D5, so you can transition between both cameras.
- Configuring back button autofocus
- Using dynamic autofocus points
- Understanding advanced autofocus features
- Controlling exposure
- Maximizing auto ISO
- Configuring Live View mode