Join Steve Simon for an in-depth discussion in this video Working in single-point autofocus, part of Performance Tuning the Nikon D800 and D810.
- All right, let's talk about single-point autofocus.…Now, these cameras are not cheap,…and you paid for 51 autofocus points,…and you're only going to use one?…Well, there's good reason, because by choosing…just one single point, you're going to be absolutely sure,…where in the frame, you want that focus to be.…And single-point is the most precise.…You can use the multi selector to move…the focus point anywhere in the frame,…hit the back button, focus, and shoot.…
So, when do I use single-point?…Well, I use it all the time.…If things are not moving, I'm going to use single-point,…because I want to be sure that the area…of my composition that I want to be sharp, is sharp,…and single-point's the most precise.…When I'm working in a portrait situation,…it's important for me to, if I'm going to…have anything sharp in the frame,…I want the eyes to be sharp.…So by using single-point, I can move the focus point…wherever I want within the frame for the composition,…focus on the eye,…and know that the eyes are going to be sharp.…
In this course, photographer, author, and educator Steve Simon demonstrates a set of customization strategies aimed at making the D800 and D810 far more responsive.
- Configuring back button autofocus
- Working in single-point autofocus
- Using dynamic-area and group-area autofocus
- Exploring advanced autofocus in the D800 and D810
- Working in live view
- Reviewing best practices for Nikon shooting