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Use your AF -ON * but­ton to ac­ti­vate aut­o­fo­cus. This tech­nique wi ll greatly as­sist your WILDLIFE pho­tog­ra­phy.

Chris Gom­er­sall

Pro-file Chris has been a pro­fes­sional wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher for 30 years, in­clud­ing 14 years as in-house pho­tog­ra­pher for the RSPB. He was named Euro­pean Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year in 2007.

In your cam­era’s Cus­tom Set­ting Menu, under Aut­o­fo­cus, you will find an op­tion for AF ac­ti­va­tion. Choose ‘AF-ON only’. Now the AF func­tion is com­pletely dis­con­nected from the shut­ter re­lease mech­a­nism. In prac­tice, this means you can fo­cus with your thumb in con­tin­u­ous AF mode – which means your cam­era will au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just the fo­cus when­ever your sub­ject moves to­wards or away from the cam­era – and use your fore­fin­ger to fire off a burst of shots at the height of the action. The trick is to make sure the ac­tive fo­cus point re­mains over the sub­ject the whole time – think of it as track­ing the sub­ject through the viewfinder. It takes a lit­tle get­ting used to, but once you’re fa­mil­iar with it you’ll find the back-but­ton fo­cus­ing tech­nique sim­pli­fies the process and im­proves your hit rate.

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