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January 3, 2019

How to Get your Subject in Focus

While this title may seem a little bit obvious, I’ve found that quite a few photographers are not aware of a simple trick that allows you to actually choose your focal point instead of the camera choosing for you! I use something called single point focusing, which allows me to choose almost any point in the frame to be the focal point. As you may know, I shoot with Nikon D750s, so here’s how to get there in your settings:

  1. First, hold down the button on the front bottom left of the camera. While holding that button down, look through the viewfinder and scroll the back wheel with your right index finger. You’ll see a few different changing at the bottom of your screen.
    1. AF-S (Autofocus single servo): This is allowing you to choose the one focus point, best for portraits or still subjects.
    2. AF-C (Autofocus continuous servo): This allows the camera to lock focus, but continue to adjust as the subject moves. This is best for moving subjects, such as little kids or athletes.
    3. AF-A: This is a combination of both the single and continuous settings & allows the camera to determine what’s best for the shot. This is best for events, like weddings.
  2. Next, still pressing the autofocus button, scroll through the front wheel with your right index finger. You’ll see several different screens, depending on which type of focus you chose in point #1. I choose to use 51 points of focus. However, when taking a photo, I just see one square in the viewfinder and still have the ability to choose a single focus point.

I use this function exclusively when I shoot because it allows me to have more control over the composition of my images. As a tip for always getting your images in focus, always choose to focus on the eye of your subject. Then, all of the important features of the image will be in focus and you’ll be good to go!  No more wondering if how to get certain parts of the image in focus on auto or manually focusing the camera. To move the focus around in the frame, just toggle around on the circular button that surrounds the “OK” button, and you’ll see the single square move throughout the frame. If you need to reset the focus, just press the “OK” button & the single square will jump back to the middle of the image. Give it a try and let me know what you think!!

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