Tip of the Day – Be ready with continuous focus

Tip of the Day – Be ready with continuous focus

Image 2 of 5 of Scully’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions

Always be “ready for anything” when photographing dogs.

Shooting in continuous focus (AI Servo on Canon and AF-C on Nikon) allows you to switch between shooting portraits and shooting action with no changes to how your camera is set up. Using back button focus also helps with this.

Scully had been standing with her parents in the background, when she suddenly decided to run straight towards me – it may have had something to do with the crazy noises I was making at the time!

Since I was already at a fairly high shutter speed – 1/640 sec (not as high as I usually shoot action but not slow either) – and with continuous focus, it meant I could capture Scully running with her parents standing in the background out of focus. An unconventional twist on the typical “dog and owner” shot.

I’ve been intending to create a blog post on back button focus (BBF) for a long time now – if you’re keen for this – give me some incentive to create it and leave a comment below telling me how it would help you!

Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ 145mm, ISO 1250, 1/640 sec, f/2.8

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