Focusing

Tip of the Day – Shade the lens

Capturing backlit shots can be really challenging. Most lenses usually struggle to find focus when they face directly into the sun. When you add a moving subject, this often results in the autofocus system not...

Tip of the Day – Spot Focus Point

For dogs with hair over their eyes, face them upwards towards the light to get some light and catchlights into their eyes. If your camera offers it, use a very fine focus point (Single-point Spot...

Tip of the Day – Continuous Autofocus

Even the most well-trained dogs are never completely still. I recommend always shooting in continuous autofocus mode. That’s AI Servo in Canon and AF-C in Nikon. Consider learning how to use back button focusing so...

Tip of the Day – Background Visualisation

To visualise what a background will look like when it’s out-of-focus, try deliberately blurring your eyes. If you can’t do this (not everyone can) focus closely on your hand, keep the same focus, then remove...

Tip of the Day – Know Your Camera

Read your camera’s manual cover to cover and experiment with different focusing settings to find the best combination for you. High-end cameras especially have a multitude of selectable focus points, focusing modes and tracking settings....

Tip of the Day – Details with a Macro Lens

If you’re shooting a lot of detail shots - noses, paws, eyes - you’ll probably get a lot of use out of a macro lens. They can also be fiddly to nail the focus at...

Tip of the Day – Use Continuous Focus

When attempting to photograph a dog running directly towards you, track continuously (use AI Servo / AF-C) and shoot continuously in burst mode, at the highest frame rate your camera is capable of. Try to...

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