Fo­cus by hand

Chris Rut­ter helps you take to­tal con­trol of fo­cus­ing by switch­ing to man­ual

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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.

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