How to set the focus point

How to set the focus point

This is how to set the focus point on your camera. When you purchased your camera, it came automatically set with multi-point focus mode. This means the camera will choose a point to focus on in the frame which may or may not be right for the composition you have chosen. I recommend you change your camera settings to single point focus so you can take control over the focus point.

Once your camera is in single point focus, you can move the point using the thumbwheel on the back of your camera.

Another method is to use the halfway press and hold method. This involves moving the camera until the focus point is over the area of the frame you want to be in sharp focus. You then push the shutter release halfway down and hold it, and then recompose the photo and take the shot. You can see this method being used in the video above.

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Change your settings to single-point autofocus
Changing to single-point autofocus will make a difference in your photography.

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Tim Shields

Tim Shields is the founder of Photography Academy, the author of The Photo Cookbook, and the creator of the Photography Transformation 4-Step System. He holds the designation of Master Photographer in Fine Art from Master Photographers International.