Autofocusing with cameras is one of the biggest features that are always kept in mind when someone makes a purchase. Unfortunately though, not everyone knows how to take the best advantage of what their camera offers them. In truth, if you’ve got a camera from 2011 and afterward, you pretty much have everything you’ll need to accomplish most everyday tasks when it comes to autofocusing on your subject. Whether you’re photographing your pets running around like maniacs or photographing a subject in the dimly lit dark, your camera can handle most instances if you just use it correctly.
Let’s delve delve into this.
Cleaning the Lens and Camera Contacts
One of the first things you should do that very few people think about is cleaning the contacts of the camera lens and the camera. Think about it this way: you need air the breathe, right? But what if your nose was blocked up and your mouth was too? Then you wouldn’t be able to breathe. The lens and camera communicate and pass information back and forth via these contacts in the same way that you breathe. But when you take the lens off, gunk gets into the contacts and blocks the flow of communication.
Using a cotton swab, thoroughly and carefully clean the contacts with Isopropyl alcohol. Then join the camera and the lens back together.
The Proper Way to Focus and Recompose
What lots of photographers have been doing for years (and effectively still do to some extent) is focusing on a subject with the center focus point and recomposing their photo by shifting the camera. This is sometimes a lot faster than selectively choosing a focusing point. But there is a better way to do it rather than tilting the camera–which is what lots of photographers do.
When you tilt or pivot the camera, you throw off the plane of focus. Instead, sliding it left, right, up, or down slightly keeps the camera on the same plane of focus if you’re careful. Try it!
Apertures and Autofocus