Tip of the Day – Focus!

Tip of the Day – Focus!

7 of 10 in the series 10 Tips for Taking Better Action Photos of Dogs

7. Focus!

Obtaining sharp focus in action shots is possibly the most important aspect of them all – and the hardest!

Depending on your camera body, you’ll have various focus point options. I’ve found for action, a single focus point, or a single point plus surrounding assist points, is best. Always read up on your camera’s autofocus system (read the manual!) to see what your available options are.

You should be using continuous autofocus when photographing ANY moving object. This is AI Servo on Canon and AF-C on Nikon. This will allow your camera’s autofocus system to lock onto and track the movement.

Also consider switching to Back Button Focus for improved focusing ability. I have written an entire blog post about this, just visit my website and search.

If you use Adobe Lightroom, download the Show Focus Points plugin – www.lightroomfocuspointsplugin.com

The image in this post uses the plugin to show an overlay of the active focus points – so helpful when diagnosing focusing issues with your Canon or Nikon DSLR.⠀

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