5 Focus Methods for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras – Beginner Tips & Tricks

by admin March 16, 2017 at 1:26 am

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  1. Some time ago I watched your video on Back Button Focus. I have a T5i
    and switched it over to BBF. Love it. Much better than half pressing the
    shutter button. Thanks for the tip!

  2. I use Canon 700D (T5i) and love back button focus. It is great for fast movement as you can hold back button down and it will keep re-focussing as you ate taking burst shots. When i do any kind of macro though I always use live view and magnification in combination with manual focusing. I do also had a rail for christmas but I haven't had opportunity to test it yet.

  3. Good summary on the subject. You may have mentioned 2 additional peaces of info (from the top of my head):
    1.) (on dslr only) You can check or circumvent back or front focus by using live view focus. Caz usually this is contrast based focus. NOt going through the mirror and using the focus points on the sensor.
    2.) When struggling to get focus in low light, consider switching to the lowest aperture the lens has (e.g. F2.8). Then focus; lock focus and switch back to what ever Aperture you need.

    Also sometimes the focusing mode (single, multiple points, continues etc) will have impact.
    Hey, sorry, but you ask if you forgot something.

  4. I agree. I'm almost lost when I pick up someone's camera that doesn't have back button focus set up. it's just so much more functional. just as bad is a camera that doesn't have a Fn button where your thumb naturally falls. I love Canon for this.

  5. Good video. Still cannot believe Canon does not include peaking without using third-party firmware.

    One idea for cameras that have custom profiles is to leave one of them dedicated for people who are not used to back button focus, ergo my wife :-).

    I keep my C3 custom profile set up in program mode with normal shutter button focus.

  6. I got my first DSLR about 3 years ago and had it about 3 weeks when I happened to see a video about back button focus (Tony Northrup I think). I tried it and never looked back. I'm a bit too shaky to focus moving the camera back and forth hand held. I have to use a monopod which helps a lot.

  7. Hi Toby, I follow u in Instagram (LisaydaSanchez). I'm an amateur but I've always used manual mode and manul focus. I want to try auto focus because my pics r not always in perfect focus but i hate the half button focus…. I tried the back button from your video but I'm not sure if I'm doing it right. Also I mostly shoot my babies which r always moving…so which would be the best focus setting for that? Please help! Thanks!

  8. great tips!.. I was recently exploring getting a rail for macro.. especially for adapted lenses that do not have image stabilization and have a rather long focal length. Hand holding and trying to push or pull camera's focus into the zone can be a tedious process if you do not have the steadiest of hands.

    I think the only additional focusing tip you did not mention which I can think off the top of my head is trap focus.

    Sort of advanced technique, but I suppose an example of where one would use it is to capture a precise moment of action in a specific location or distance in your composition.

    I'm no expert, but I think it's a pretty cool technique to capture a vehicle passing a particular spot, for example. I can even see this being applied to street photography where you have a scene and composition set up and trap focus set.. all you need to do is wait for a subject to walk into the point of focus and snap, you have your shot.. could be useful where you have a blind composition such as looking down a flight of stairs or end of a tunnel or walkway where you can't see a potential subject coming into the shot until he or she has literally walked into the focus trap and set off the shutter.

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