How to focus a camera: set your AF mode, stay sharp and when to use manual

How to focus with Live View

Live View makes manual focusing a breeze. Just don't expect fast reactions when you switch to autofocus...

How to focus with Live View: autofocus options

Autofocus options
The options available to you vary between cameras, but are largely separated into a quick mode (which uses the camera's dedicated AF sensor, but means the mirror has to flip back down, interrupting the Live View feed), a slower, smoother mode and a face-detection mode (shown here).

How to focus with Live View: flexible focusing

Flexible focusing
The contrast-detect autofocus mode uses the image on the camera's sensor to set the focus, rather than using the camera's AF points, so you can position the autofocus frame wherever you want. Use the thumb- stick or wheel to move it, then half-press the shutter release until the focus locks.

How to focus with Live View: manual magnification

Manual magnification
Live View helps with manual focusing, as you can magnify a portion of the screen and fine-tune the focus sweet spot. This is great for landscape and macro photography; just be sure to use gentle nudges of the focus ring, as the difference between acceptably sharp and razor-sharp can be slight.

PAGE 1: Common questions on how to focus a camera
PAGE 2: How to focus with Live View
PAGE 3: Maximise depth of field with hyperfocal focusing


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