Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Focusing manually, part of Learning the Nikon D600 and D610.
- While I usually use auto focus,…I sometimes find myself shooting manually.…Perhaps it's for more control when shooting video,…where focus is often changing in the middle of a shot.…Or maybe I'm dealing with a moving subject…that auto focus just can't track.…I may want to manipulate focus to really push…the shallow depth of field or get a softly focused…image for aesthetic reasons.…When shooting time lapse, I'll often set the focus to auto,…get the initial focus, and then turn auto focus off,…so the camera doesn't make any changes in between shots.…
Of course if there's too little light,…you may need to manually focus anyway.…To use manual focus, you'll need to switch the camera.…Switch the Focus Mode Selector from AF to M.…If you're using a lens that also has a switch,…you should set that to M for Manual.…Be very careful not to set a lens focus mode switch…to manual while leaving the camera in auto focus.…This could potentially damage the camera or the lens.…Once in manual mode, turn the focus ring to adjust focus.…
Want to get up and running even faster? Check out the "Quick Start" chapter to learn how to use your D600 or D610 straight out of the box.
- Powering up and shooting with the scene modes
- Reviewing the lens controls
- Changing image format and size
- Adjusting ISO and exposure compensations
- Using Flexible Program mode
- Shooting in continuous low-speed, high-speed, and quiet-shutter-release modes
- Switching between metering modes
- Shooting with flash
- Shooting video
Skill Level Beginner
1. Quick Start
2. A Closer Look
3. Shooting in Programmed Auto Mode
4. Exploring Autofocus
5. Understanding Shutter-Release Modes
6. Understanding Exposure Controls
7. Beyond the Basics
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