Join Steve Simon for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding lesser-used autofocus mode options, part of Performance Tuning the Nikon D5500.
- Alright, there are two Auto-area modes…that I've yet to speak about: 3D Dynamic and Auto-area.…Alright let's talk 3D Dynamic mode.…I'm just going to call it up on my D5500.…There it is. Love the touch screen.…Now 3D Dynamic Autofocus really is a great idea.…It does work, but it's just not as dependable…as the regular Dynamic 9 or 21, in my experience.…Dynamic 3D really is sophisticated technology.…
It uses the camera's scene and face recognition system,…it knows where your subject is,…it locks on to it and tracks it.…Just like the regular Dynamic modes,…you first need to acquire focus with the Priority Sensor.…But unlike D9 or D21, once that focus is acquired,…you lose control and the camera takes over…the tracking process.…This is where I find that sometimes…the camera starts to fail or the system starts to fail…and it focuses on something other than…what I wanted to be sharp in the scene.…
Now I've heard from bird photographers,…I don't shoot a lot of birds,…who've had great luck with it tracking birds…in a cloudless sky,…
In this course, photographer and educator Steve Simon demonstrates a set of customization strategies aimed at making a Nikon D5500 camera far more responsive and effective. That way, you can focus on composition and artistic expression, and let your Nikon handle the rest.
- Configuring the autofocus options
- Reviewing dynamic mode
- Understanding exposure modes
- Maximizing live view
- Zeroing out the camera to start fresh