Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Autofocus basics, part of Canon 60D Essential Training.
Your camera has an auto-focus feature, and for most of your shots it will provide faster, more accurate focus than you'll achieve using manual focus. However, auto-focus is not completely foolproof. You still have to use it properly to get good results, and you can learn everything you need to know about how to get good results with auto-focus in my Foundations of Photography: Exposure course. A quick summary for those of you who need a little bit of a refresher. To auto-focus, you half- press the Shutter button. When you press it down half way, and there is a little stop about half-way down, the camera will try to calculate focus.
Once it's got it, it will beep at you and light up a little circle inside the viewfinder to indicate that it has achieved focus. There was the beep. At the same time it's also metering and showing you your Shutter Speed and Aperture up here and in the viewfinder. So that's the basics of auto-focus. Now with it halfway pressed, I can then, once it's beeped and locked focus, press it the rest of the way to take my shot. Now, if you're shooting somewhere where that beep is inappropriate or going to disturb people or otherwise create havoc and panic, you can go into the menu here, and in the first menu, there is a Beep option.
I just set that to Disable, and now when I half-press the Shutter button, it focuses, it lights up the circle inside the viewfinder, but it doesn't beep. So, that's a way of shooting a little less obtrusively.
- What is an SLR?
- Attaching a lens to a camera
- Deciding how many batteries and media cards are needed
- Setting Auto mode
- Changing ISO
- Changing image format and size
- Manually selecting a focus point
- Correcting exposure while shooting
- Controlling white balance
- Using a driver and self-timer
- Auto exposure bracketing
- Selecting a picture style
- Using Live View
- Shooting video
- Using custom functions, such as ISO expansion and mirror lockup
- Cleaning the camera and sensor
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Your Canon SLR
2. Shooting in Auto Mode
3. Shooting in Program Mode
4. Controlling Autofocus
5. Controlling White Balance
Using white balance presets2m 28s
6. Using Drive Mode and the Self-Timer
7. Using Exposure Control Options
8. More Playback Options
9. Shooting with Scene Modes
10. Shooting with Flash
11. Shooting with Picture Styles
12. Using Live View
13. Shooting Video
14. Customizing Menus and Functions
15. Using Custom Functions
16. Caring for Your Camera
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