Eyes front

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“You hear a lot about fo­cus­ing on the eyes when shoot­ing wildlife,” says Lou, “and this is fine for static sub­jects, but for any­thing that’s mov­ing it’s of­ten chal­leng­ing enough to get any­thing in fo­cus, let alone the eyes. For this rea­son I sug­gest fo­cus­ing on the front of the sub­ject rather than the eye, then ad­just­ing the aper­ture if you want the eye to be sharp too.”

Make your point

Con­tin­u­ous aut­o­fo­cus and high-speed con­tin­u­ous drive mode are a given when you’re pho­tograph­ing wildlife, but it’s also worth tak­ing con­trol of the AF point. Auto-se­lect AF point might fo­cus on the wrong thing at just the wrong mo­ment, re­sult­ing in a missed shot. If in doubt, ei­ther se­lect the cen­tral AF point and re­com­pose, or, for off-cen­tre sub­jects, se­lect an AF point that sits over the edge you want to fo­cus on.

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