A Complete Guide to Camera Autofocus Modes

When you are new to photography, there are numerous settings and parameters on your camera that are important to get to know. Amidst things like exposure settings, it can be easy to overlook the importance of really understanding every intricacy of your autofocus settings. This great video will get you up and running in no time. 

Coming to you from Gary Gough, this helpful video will show you everything you need to know about camera autofocus settings. When you are new to photography, you might want to leave your camera in its default autofocus modes, but most modern cameras come with highly customizable autofocus systems, and taking the time to really understand yours and adjust its settings to your specific shooting situations can make a big difference in your keeper rate. Personally, I recommend taking the time to evaluate your most demanding shooting scenarios and ask yourself what has happened when your camera has missed a shot when your technique was fine otherwise. Was it that it didn't change directions with the subject quickly enough? Did it jump to tracking something that passed between the camera and the subject too easily? Most cameras can adjust for these issues. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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He makes it a lot simpler than your camera manual..

I don't think the manual was meant to make it easy. SMH.

That's kind of the point of a manual Robert, to make it understandable by just about anyone who might buy your product, but OK.

Merely reading the manual can never replace picking up the camera and actually performing the operation. There's sort of a tactile translation no manual could ever replace. In that regard, things always got cleared up after doing.

Recomposing wide open is also a problem particularly with cameras whose viewfinders aren't completely covered by focusing points.

I completely disagree with ignoring AI-Focus. It is a powerful setting in dynamic situations. He gives a poor (okay..non-existent) reason for not using it except for "just don't". He clearly does not have a grasp of this function. Do your own research and experimentation!