Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding manual focus, part of Learn Photography: Autofocus.
- I certainly appreciate the power…of autofocus in today's digital cameras,…but in some situations, I actually find…that it's a little bit easier to manually focus on a scene…to make sure that I'm focusing precisely…on exactly what I want to focus on.…I find this is especially helpful with night photography,…for example, where establishing critical focus…can be especially important, and where the camera can…sometimes struggle to establish good focus automatically.…Let's take a look at an example here.…I have a subject that I want to photograph.…
I'll go ahead and activate autofocus,…and the camera is focusing in the wrong place.…I could certainly tell the camera to focus in a particular…place, for example, I can adjust where in the frame…I want the camera to be focusing, but sometimes,…especially when I'm focusing close to the subject,…that can represent a challenge.…It doesn't always obey exactly where…I would like the camera to be focusing,…and so taking over manual control…over that focusing process can be very helpful.…
Photographer and educator Tim Grey explores these questions and more in this exploration of focus and autofocus. And because sharpness isn't everything, Tim also details scenarios where blur can have more impact.
- What is focus?
- Calculating depth of field
- Looking at focus limitations
- Employing autofocus one shot vs. continuous
- Using manual focus
- Setting and choosing focus points
- Controlling depth of field
- Using intentional blur and bokeh
- Finding focus while panning