How to avoid blurred images by choosing the right Auto focus mode

A post by: M MortonPPSometimes the light is perfect, the moment is, but when you get home you find out that your photo is blurred. Arrgh!/PPWhy are your images blurry? An obvious reason might be that your camera is not focused. Contemporary cameras and autofocus lenses, you can quickly take sharp images in a wide variety of situations, provided you choose the right auto focus mode./PPSTRONGHere are some questions to help you track down any situation and choose the right auto focus setting/STRONG/PIMG title=”image-1-600.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”autofocus modes ” src=”” width=”600″ height=”428″Photo by M Morton/PPWho gets to decide your focus point? This is the question that this option his decision. In a car-area autofocus your camera determines what to use it as your focal point. It determines usually based on what seems to be the most prominent in the viewfinder or the one closest to the camera. This might work when your subject is clear and there is no potential distraction./PPChoose more control, a Single-point auto focus setting. This mode allows you to choose your specific auto focus point (check your camera manual if you’re not sure how to do this). After all, only knows you, not your camera, where you want to place your subject./PPMost DSLR cameras give you four basic options for auto focus modes: single, continuous, automatic or manual. To help you choose the right option, ask yourself: “Is my topic move?”/PIMG title=”Image-2-600.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”autofocus modes” src=”” width=”600″ height=”428″Photo by M MortonPPIf your subject is not moving, choose “AF-S” for “One Shot” for Nikon or Canon. This mode locks in your focus based on the distance to your subject. As long as your subject at that distance, your photographs will remain in focus. Your topic must be stationary for this mode to work. In fact, your camera will not take the photo if your topic has been moved (or it can’t focus lock)./PPIn this mode, you can also put together. Let’s say the auto focus point is in the middle of the frame, but you want your subject on one side or the other. Keep your shutter button something depressing, and the focus stays sharp on your subject. You can then recomposing the camera slightly left or right, with your subject outside the center of the frame./PIMG alt=”” src=”” width=”610″ height=”446″By Amsterdamized/PPIf your subject is moving, use continuous auto focus (AF-C for Nikon) or AI Servo for Canon. In this mode, you place your auto focus point on your topic and focus remains to adjust while you hold down the shutter button, keeping your subject in focus as it moves./PPFor example, if someone riding a bicycle, place the AF point something about your subject and press the shutter button. As long as you are pressing the shutter button, the autofocus continually adapted to your subject, keep them in focus as they move. When you’re ready to take the picture, press the shutter button completely, and the camera will focus on your topic for a sharp image./PPA third option adds the functionality of the single auto focus and continuous auto focus. This hybrid mode, (for AI Focus AF-A for Nikon or Canon), begins as a single auto focus. Your camera will not until you lock in on a stationary subject focus. Once you have your subject in focus, you can the picture as you would in a traditional one auto focus mode./PPIf your subject moving begins, however, the auto focus releases and continues to keep track of your moving subject. It gives you the best of both worlds. One note of caution, I have found the time, quickly if you rebuild a stationary object in AF-A mode, the camera can be fooled into thinking that the subject is moving and release the auto focus./PPYou always have the option to disable the autofocus feature and manual setting. If your camera is having problems detecting your focus point, it may be more efficient to focus of the camera itself./PPHow about the opposite situation? You accidentally turned off your autofocus? Every now and then, when your camera can’t seem to concentrate, and you don’t hear the motor back and forth search, check to see if you accidentally selected manual auto focus. This can happen more often than you might think./PPWhat if you focus your car set up properly, and the lens still won’t focus? Try these considerations:/PSTRONGYou might also close./STRONG Try way back up. You are also near the subject, the camera well targeted.STRONGYour subject may not be enough contrast./STRONG Your image should have some contrast for many autofocus systems to work. If you are trying to photograph a solid sheet of white or single color, will struggle most autofocus systems. Why? The camera compares adjacent pixels and when one is different, it that point used to determine the focus. If it can’t find a contrast, concentrate it.STRONGYou have a very shallow depth of field./STRONG In this case, your autofocus works, but the depth of field is so shallow, it’s hard to say that your subject in focus.STRONGDo you have camera shake./STRONG When you press the shutter button, move the camera. If the shutter speed is too slow, the camera picks up that traffic, and it looks like a blurry picture. Make sure your shutter speed is faster than the equivalent of your focal length. For example, if you are zoomed to 100 mm, your shutter speed 1/100th of a second or faster to avoid camera shake.PWhy is your picture blurry? If the answer is Yes, then your focus fix in your car as simple as choosing the right setting./PPDo you have other autofocus tips or comments that you would like to share? Please do so below./PIMG class=”avatar avatar-78 photo” alt=”” src=”” width=”78″ height=”78″PLynford Morton is a Washington, DC-based photography-coach who helps emerging and enthusiastic photographer plenty of pictures. He also helps entrepreneurs and professional communicators use their photos in social media and marketing campaigns to build stronger brands. Follow Lynford Morton on
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