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Auto and Back Button Focus

Lesson 7 from: Capture and Edit Photos of People in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Jared Platt

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7. Auto and Back Button Focus

Your camera is highly programmable: Jared shares a valuable setting to best control your camera’s focus.

Lesson Info

Auto and Back Button Focus

Now that I have my composition and my exposure set, I can start shooting, but I need to make sure that my focus is correct. And I'm gonna do that by making sure I'm using two tools on my camera. First, I don't, even though I'm in auto-focus mode, I don't want to let the camera choose the focal point. I'm gonna do that myself. And on every camera, you should be able to set your point of focus and move the point of focus to the area where your subject is. For instance, in our case, I've got the subjects on the right-hand side of the photograph, and so I'm gonna move my focus point over to the right side of the photograph and up just a little bit so it's focusing on my subject when I push the focus button. The second thing I'm gonna do is instead of using the trigger as my focus, I'm moving the focus from the trigger to the back of the camera here. It says auto-focus on. Your camera will have the ability to remove the focus from the trigger and put it on a button on the back which you'll ...

operate with your thumb, which means from here on out, every time you want focus, you simply push the button on the back of your camera, rather than having to push this and having the focus get pulled off when you happen to recompose just a little bit. This is the most dangerous place to have your focus triggered right here. You want it on the back.

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