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Manual Focus? Check.

November 9th, 2011

Choosing Manual Focus on Your Camera

Your autofocus on your camera is not working for your shot.  What do you do?  No problem.  Most cameras, except the most basic, have a manual override feature you can choose.  Read your manual (or go to the manufacturer online) to find out how to do it.

Try your manual focus if:

  • You’re shooting through a window or there is an obstacle in the way.
  • You want fine details in a close up shot.
  • Your autofocus is confused by design elements e.g. complex architecture.
  • Your subject is high contrast or sharply contrasting.
  • There is no contrast e.g. white on white. My Canon DSLR stumbles on this regularly.
  • You have a prominent subject e.g. person in the foreground, and your camera focuses on the background.
  • You are shooting at night.


If your camera has a manual focus option, experiment with it.  And let me know about it.

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