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How to Focus anywhere – VERY important beginner lesson – DSLR Photography Tutorial

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In this video you’ll learn how to move the square focal points around by setting the camera to single servo AFS. Cameras used in this video were Nikon D7000 and Canon T2i

Please refer to your manual if you are using another model and can’t figure this out.
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20 comments

  1. How do you focus on more then one subject 

  2. I did that, my focal point will not move, it's still to the left

  3. thanks my question was answered

  4. This was amazingly helpful. Thanks

  5. Candace Curtis, REALTOR

    What button are u using to move the focus point to each different subject?

  6. Awesome! Thank you

  7. Nice simple explanation of the auto focus.

  8. nice tutorial…finally i can control my focus point on d7000..before this i thought dslr focus is suck. too hard to focusing what we want…my phone is better focusing than dslr..now everything was changed..ha3….need to learn and learn and keep learn…..

  9. Marijana Milosavlevski

    Awesome! Best video for focusing that I have looked at so far. Thank you.

  10. I have the D7100 and thought the AF-A only automatically changes the AF-S setting to AF-C when it detects the subject starting to move. What is correct on how this functions? Thanks, 

  11. Funny how a film about focus starts out of focus.

  12. what about when you want to focus on a group of people (more than one focal point). Would you simply have it set with the multiple focal points before you changed it to single?

  13. Do you not use backbutton focusing?  If so, then why worry about the points and just reframe after getting in focus?

  14. Hi, I have a quick question…i have the nikon D3200..in live view mode when i go in AF-S, i then have the AF-area mode and i select wide area for landscape type pictures but i have trouble focusing….does the red square imply where the camera will focus…also if it gives that sound..does it mean it is unable to focus…i did not have the dots system like you said in this video but the area mode….also if i have a big aperture meaning small f no…then whatever i am focusing on should be clear and things farther from it should be blurred right..can you help with this…also how does focus work with the viewfinder mode

  15. can you focus on two or more subjects? 

  16. How u would you focus on all of the three objects ? Thanks …

  17. Hi thanks for the video it's very informative. I have a nikon d3200, this only has the 11 focal points. I myself nearly always just use the center focal point, once I have focus and exposure lock on the eyes I just press and hold my focus/exposure lock button, adjust the subject to where I want them in the viewfinder (trying to observe rule of thirds etc) and then complete the shot. I don't have any super wide aperture lenses so my depth of field is always wide enough that moving my subject around the viewfinder doesn't seem to effect the focus. Am I right in assuming that if I start using bigger aperture lenses ie f2.8 or f1.8 then the depth of field is narrow and I will have to start using other focal points in the viewfinder otherwise parts of the subject will be out of focus.

  18.  
    HELP! Thank you first for all of your tutorials! Love. Wish you were my neighbor. I have a d5100. I purchased a 50mm 1:1.8G. I have the hardest time with focus. When I try to shoot my toddler indoors my shutter always gets stuck and i get blurry overexposed pics. this occurs in A mode. should i set my iso higher? i thought the shutter speed will automatically adjust. I know this lens can produce sharp images, because I get them in auto mode. Help!

  19. Thankyouuuu!

  20. HELP! Thank you first for all of your tutorials! Love. Wish you were my neighbor. I have a d5100. I purchased a 50mm 1:1.8G. I have the hardest time with focus. When I try to shoot my toddler indoors my shutter always gets stuck and i get blurry overexposed pics. this occurs in A mode. should i set my iso higher? i thought the shutter speed will automatically adjust. I know this lens can produce sharp images, because I get them in auto mode. Help!

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