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Now I’ll talk about the next step which is multi-point auto focus. Yes, I use auto focus as opposed to maual focus. Meaning I don’t turn my lens to focus just by eye (I don’t trust my eyesight) I use the sensor on the camera to assist in focusing for me.
When you first get your slr cameras and shoot on auto mode, the camera is focusing the full frame for you. Everything is in focus, all lights are red, nothing artsy about it. Though I only shoot in full manuel, I hear that AV mode and the other non-auto modes can use the multi-focus points, too.
Take a shot like this (my baby turned 1 pics)
1. Go to MENU, custom function 4 and set it to setting 1. (setting 0 is default)
2. Turn your AF setting to AI Servo. (I’ve used One Shot and seems to be ok, but my research is showing AI Servo, so I am trying it out.
Ok, so now that you are set on back button (have you located the cute * near where your thumb grips?) lets try another focal point.
To get those great off-center portraits, I use the focal point (or little red light) all the way to the right or left. I more often use the left, as in this shot below:
I actually did a similar shot as the one with the flowers above and focused on their faces (off to the left) through a chain link fence. (Both sessions I photographed in the past week). The little red dot was RIGHT on their faces. If it wasn’t, I’d focus on the fence and they would be blurred (which can be a cool artistic shot in and of itself).
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