YOU CAN COMPOSE the most glorious image in the entire history of visual communication, and it won’t matter one iota if you can’t get the focus to cooperate. Sometimes, focusing can indeed be challenging, but in a lot of cases, there are options on the camera you can tweak that will help you out—focus mode is one of them.

Focus modes relate to the way your camera focuses. As you might expect—if you’ve ever poked around your camera manual—there are several options to choose from.

Auto vs. Manual Focus Mode

Technically speaking, all the focus modes are “automated” modes except for manual focus mode (obviously). Choosing ...

Get The Enthusiast's Guide to Composition now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.