AF-S vs AF-C
For single-shot photography, use the AF-S mode – the camera’s shutter won’t release until it’s achieved focus. For continuous shooting, use AF-C mode – the camera will keep refocusing while you’re shooting. Not all the shots will be sharp, but it will keep firing anyway.
55 Focus first or fire anyway?
On more advanced Nikons you can use Custom Settings to change the Focus Release Priority. In single-shot AF-S mode, for example, you can ensure it fires the moment you press the button, whether it’s focused or not.
56 Focus with your thumb!
Action photographers swear by the AF-On ‘back-button’ focusing option on pro-level Nikons as it enables them to separate focusing and shooting. If your camera doesn’t have an AF-On button, you can configure the AE-L/AF-L button for back-button focusing.
57 Dynamic Area AF explained
This mode is designed for tracking fast-moving subjects using a cluster of focusing points around the one you’ve chosen. These extra focus points are there to cover sudden erratic movements, and it’s still important to keep the subject under your chosen AF point.
58 Dynamic Area vs 3D Tracking
Nikon D-SLRs have a wide array of focus modes for following a moving subject. Use Dynamic Area AF if you’re following the movement with the camera, and the 3D tracking option if the camera is static and your subject is moving around the frame.
59 Howmany AF points?
Dynamic Area AF lets you a choose the number of focus points used. A smaller number will make the AF more responsive, but you will have to follow the subject closely. If its movement is erratic, a larger number of AF points will help.