04. Focus

To get a decent picture it normally needs to be sharp and in focus. You may think that it’s simple – the camera does it all for you right? But how does it do it when its dark or simply isn’t working how you’d want it to? Karl explains in this chapter how to get the perfect focus every single time with this great practical demonstration of not only how focus works but how to use it and the different results that you can get from different focus points.

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  1. Hi..
    what the no. That sometimes arise beside the green dot .?!
    And I’m really enjoying this course ..
    big thxxx..

    1. Hi Duaa, the numbers on the left of the green focus confirmation dot are the aperture setting and the shutter speed. These items are covered in the previous chapter and later chapters of this course. Cheers Karl.

  2. Hi. Question. I use Sony A290, A390 & an A58 and on focusing on AF area I have 3 choices, Wide, Spot and Local. Which is best for what subject and metering modes, I get stuck on what I need to set it at too…can you help me get better understanding of this?

    1. Hi Steve, don’t get hung up on the focus mode or the metering mode. As you progress through this course you will come to learn why. Most of the time I focus manually anyway but if in autofocus usually the wide or multiple focus points works well. Forget about the metering mode as it’s not important as you are going to learn to use just as a guide while you make the decisions manually, leave metering on wide/matrix or centre weighted for the time being.

  3. Hi Karl,

    Which is the best method to get the auto focus micro adjustment? I listen talk about the software that calibrate automatically, is this software a good option?

    Thank you very much

    1. Hi Justiniano, I know you can custom calibrate your autofocus/lenses on some of the Canons and maybe other 35mm cameras but I believe this is done manually in the camera menu, i’m not familiar with any other software for this purpose?

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