Chapter 5

Controlling Focus and Depth of Field


Bullet Understanding autofocusing options

Bullet Choosing a specific autofocusing point

Bullet Using continuous autofocusing to track a moving subject

Bullet Taking advantage of manual-focusing aids

Bullet Manipulating depth of field

To many people, the word focus has just one interpretation when applied to a photograph: Either the subject is in focus or it’s blurry. But an artful photographer knows that there’s more to focus than simply getting a sharp image of a subject. You also need to consider depth of field, or the distance over which other objects in the scene appear sharply focused. This chapter explains how to manipulate both aspects of an image.

After a reminder of how to set your lens to auto or manual focusing, the first part of the chapter details focusing options available for viewfinder photography; following that, you can get help with focusing during Live View photography and movie recording. A word of warning: The two systems are quite ...

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