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Predictive Focus

Lesson 42 from: Mastering Your Digital Camera

Chris Weston

Predictive Focus

Lesson 42 from: Mastering Your Digital Camera

Chris Weston

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42. Predictive Focus

When capturing very fast action, predicting where the subject will be and focusing on that point allows you to get a sharply focused shot in tricky scenarios.

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Predictive Focus

so I have a question for you, which is more accurate. Oclock that slow or a clock that stopped, well, oclock. That slow is always slow, but a clock that stopped is accurate twice a day. This is the principle of manual predictive Focus. If you find your camera is simply not up to the job of tracking, focus on a fast moving subject coming straight towards you. Manual predictive focus might be your savior in this scene. I'm attempting to photograph the hours it flies towards me now because I can predict the flight path is taking off from the tea perch and landing on the Falcons gloved hand, I can manually focus on a point somewhere along that flight path. Then the bird approaches. I take a burst of images 678 shots, knowing that in one of those images I have captured the bird as it passed through the exact spot I was focused on. Of course, only one of the images will be sharp, but that's better than not at all.

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What a marvelous course! What a marvelous teacher! When I went to college, my father would always ask me about my professors, more than the courses themselves. He was passionate about learning and although too busy with earning an income to go beyond an undergrad degree, continued to read 50 books a year. I still remember how he'd get almost visibly excited when I'd tell him about some special professor who taught with such enthusiasm and, more than just passion, evident delight and joy in the subject. 'Ah they're the best, son. How wonderful you have such a teacher." Well, he passed away decades ago but if he were still around I'd get a kick out of telling him about Chris Weston, the 'Prof' of this course. He's one of the very special ones: a teacher who's loved and lived his vocation--his avocation--since he was a boy--and still is as excited about it now as he was then. The result: a course that seems to be more a labor of love--of pouring far more energy and thought into the details then one typically finds in these courses--than anything else. Bravo Chris! I'm already on to your next one.

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Chris is an amazing instructor who dissects theory giving amazing analogies that bring concepts to life. I have rarely been able to sit through most video course for more than a half-hour but watched this one from beginning to end. A good refresher course if you've been away from the camera for awhile or there are some concepts that still illude you. I highly recommend this course and look forward to watching his others. Thank you for the clarity and great explanations.

Sky Bergman
 

This was an amazing class. I have looked at a number of basic photography classes. This one was by far the best I have seen. Chris is an exceptional teacher. He breaks things down into digestible information and then inspires you to be creative. Thank you!

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