Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Manual focus, part of Nikon D5100 Essential Training.
While I rely heavily on autofocus, most of the time there are still occasions…when I switch my camera over to manual.…For moving subjects, manual focus is sometimes faster than autofocus, for…the simple reason that, as good as your autofocus system is, you're still…smarter than it is.…If you're in a situation where a moving object is traveling in a very…predictable way, then you might be able to track focus very smoothly as you wait…for the precise moment that you want to shoot.…Manual focus is also useful for times when autofocus doesn't lock, either…because your subject lacks contrast or because there is not enough light in…the scene to focus.…
Of course, if there is not enough light for your camera to focus then there may…not be enough for you to see either, but it's still worth a try.…Finally, I sometimes use autofocus and manual focus in combination. If I'm…shooting the same subject over and over,…for example, if I'm shooting a landscape in rapidly changing light, I'll frame…my shot in autofocus, then switch the camera to manual focus. As long as I don't…
- 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 Nikon Digital SLR
2. Shooting in Auto Mode
3. Shooting in Program Mode
4. Controlling Autofocus
5. Controlling White Balance
6. Understanding Release Modes
7. Understanding Exposure Control Options
8. Learning More Playback Options
9. Shooting with Scene Modes
10. Shooting with Flash
11. Shooting with Picture Controls
12. Using Live View
13. Shooting Video
14. Customizing Menus and Settings
15. Retouching Images
16. Taking Care of Your Camera
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