Sometimes, when you photograph a moving subject and your shutter speed is slow, you might have a shift in focus when using auto focus. Switching over to manual focus may help you keep your focus steady. In this video, join author Joe McNally as he discusses why he changes his focus from auto to manual focus.
- Now, Cindy, you're not really changing your position,…right?…You're basically in the same spot.…- Yeah.…- Okay, all right, I need you to stay there…because I'm going to take the camera out of autofocus…and go into manual.…I'll be able to shoot more rapidly.…So John, could you come in with an iPhone, please?…Okay, got it?…We struggled a little bit.…The D5 is amazing.…It held with just even the barest quality of ambient light.…
But naturally, of course, when we went to a completely…black room,…we had to sight her, light her, pull the focus,…shift out of AF into manual,…so that she stays relative to camera in the same spot…and the focus doesn't shift.…The camera is wonderful at low levels of light,…autofocusing,…but obviously, it will struggle in total blackness.…Yeah, the f-stop is a fairly healthy f-stop, 7.1,…I did that because I really wanted to kill…any shred of ambient light in here.…
I wanted darkness.…So fairly narrow, if you will, f-stop.…And also, because of the slight iffiness of her plane…of where she is relative to my camera plane,…
- Researching the subject
- Conducting a phone interview
- Essential pieces of gear for a dance shoot
- Working with a photo assistant
- Setting up and changing a shot
- Visualizing the first shot
- Creating a lighting setup that complements your subject
- Modifying the environment
- Dealing with on-set challenges
- Attaching lights to a subject
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2. Research, Gear, and Crew
3. Loading In and Setting Up the Shot
4. Getting the Shot: Setup 1
5. Dealing with Challenges On Set
6. Getting the Shot: Setup 2
7. Post-Production and Aesthetics
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