4 Focus Modes to Bring Sharpness Into Your Photos

4 Focus Modes to Bring Sharpness Into Your Photos

One of the rules of photography is that the subject should be pin-sharp. An image that is completely sharp is said to be in-focus. It sounds simple - and it is - but unless you understand some basics in selecting different focusing modes and focus points. So, Let’s learn a bit about these and understand of what the different modes are and more importantly – when to use the different focus modes.


This mode is best used when shooting mostly still subjects such as portraits, landscapes and static life. The focus will lock if the shutter-release button is kept pressed halfway after the camera focuses on the subject. Use this mode for stationary subjects and or in low-light conditions. Lastly, this mode saves up your battery power.


This mode is best used for moving subjects like pets, children playing, or subjects that are constantly on the move. It allows you to lock focus on a specific subject and automatically adjusts as the subject moves. When you half-pressed the shutter button, it will continuously adjust the focus distance.


In this mode, you are basically handling over the decision making to your camera. It will either choose to continuously track your chosen subject should it decide to move, or focus lock if you would like to recompose. This is actually the easiest option however there are instances that camera doesn't get it right.


This mode is the mostly used in macro photography. Manual focus is important when you focus on a non-traditional subject. When using this mode, you have the full control on your focus point.

Mastering the controls on your camera allows you to get the shot even when working under pressure. For now though, just practice getting that center point right on what you want, half-press, wait for it to find focus, keep your finger half-pressed while you re-frame for better composition, and then press it all the way down to get the shot! It’s a simple rule that will give you some great results. Happy Shooting!

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