Nikon D7000, 85mm f/1.8, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 400.

Nikon D7000, 85mm f/1.8, f/5.6, 1/160s, ISO 400.

You need to change two things in your camera. First, set your camera so that there is one autofocus square lighting up when you press the shutter halfway down to focus. This lets you choose where to place the focus point (using arrow keys on the back of the camera), instead of the camera guessing what you want in focus (this has different names on different cameras, but it’s often called Autofocus Area Mode).

Second, set your camera to AF-S or ONE SHOT. This setting makes the camera stay focussed on the same spot as long as you keep the shutter button depressed half way. That means you can move the camera so that the focus point is on the eye, press and hold halfway down, recompose so it looks good, and then finish pressing the shutter down (you need to practice this so that you don’t change your distance to the subject as you recompose because that will change the focus).

One more tip: If you’re shooting when there isn’t a lot of light, try using the center focus point. It’s more accurate, and will help you nail focus more often in low light (just remember to recompose so your subject isn’t always in the dead center).


This Post Sponsored by:

Viewbug  Stick With Viewbug & Photofocus throughout 2014 – because we’re announcing the biggest contest in Photofocus history — coming soon!

Adobe  Photoshop CC and Lightroom for US$9.99/mo. Limited-time offer for Photoshop CS3 and later customers. Get it here. Be sure to also check out the Video for Photographers learning center to get new ideas on how to work with Adobe software.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Mosaic A complete solution for photographers using Lightroom who want to manage and share their photos. You can easily view images with their iOS app or web service. Plus your photos are backed up to the cloud with several plans to match your needs. Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try free for 10 days by visiting Photofocus.

The Topaz Labs Image Enhancement bundle. Open up a world of creative possibilities with a seamless, integrated workflow. You don’t need to be a Photoshop wizard to look like one. Click here and use the code photofocus to get a 15% discount.

Join the conversation! 4 Comments

  1. Reblogged this on The Pretty Canary.

  2. Thank you Levi for continuing to post great articles & sharing your knowledge with everyone! I always look forward to your articles because I KNOW I will learn something from it. And I love Photo Focus. Thank you for turning me on to it!

  3. Good Tip! Just a correction – On a Canon Camera it is AF-SERVO that the focus will stay in constant focus. ONE SHOT will focus and lock. You are required release and press again to re-compose if you or the subject moves. The best scenario for a Canon is the AI Focus setting which allows the camera to switch between ONE SHOT and AF-SERVO automatically if the subject or you move.


Let us know your thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

About Levi Sim

Photography is my life, and I'd like my photography to be part of your life, too. Whether I make pictures with you or help you learn to make your vision pop out of the camera, I'm happy to help.


Landscape, Photography, Portrait, Shooting, Technique & Tutorials