Focus by hand
Chris Rutter helps you take total control of focusing by switching to manual
Master manual focusing to guarantee pin-sharp images in tricky conditions
Even though the autofocus system in your Nikon D-SLR works well for most subjects and situations, there are times when it can struggle to focus accurately. In these cases you’ll need to switch to manual focus, and then either use the image in the viewfinder or Live View to help you focus on your subject.
Focusing manually can take some practice – particularly when you’re using shallow depth of field, where accurate focusing is critical for picking out which areas you want sharp and which to leave blurry – so it’s best to give it a try before you need to use it for a crucial shot.
We haven’t stated how much time you’ll need to learn to focus manually as it’s a matter of practice, but stick with it and you’ll soon master it.