Moving the AF Point to the Subject

In my last post, I introduced the technique of focus and recompose to ensure that an off-center subject remained sharply focused. If you are photographing a stationary subject from a tripod, though, this technique is inconvenient.

Instead of moving the camera to focus off-center, you can move the active AF point from the middle to one of the other locations in the frame. (See the camera manual for directions.) Then when you press the shutter button to focus, the main subject appears sharp instead of the background.

Left: Center AF point focuses on the background; Right: Moving the AF
to the right places it over the bottle, making it sharply focused

Remember to pay attention to which AF point is lighting up in your viewfinder for future shots! It's a good idea to move the AF point back to the center so you don't forget where it is working.

To learn how to make this and other changes to your camera settings, check out my one-day Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera class on January 27, 2018, in Missoula, Montana. (There's also a session on February 24.) Any camera that allows you to switch lenses is appropriate for this class. Click here to register online.