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Manual Focusing – When is it better than Auto Focusing?

Manual Focusing – When is it better than Auto Focusing?
Written by Dave Peterson

Manual Focusing – When is it better than Auto Focusing?

Manual Focusing – When is it better than Auto Focusing?

Manual Focusing – When is it better than Auto Focusing? Before you finalize the digital camera for purchase one of the most important checks that you have to do is the time taken by the selected camera to focus. The best opportunities to have great photo can be missed if your camera takes time to focus. As such all the digital cameras have problem in focusing when light conditions are low. In digital SLR this problem can be overcome by switching from auto focus option to manual focus. However in compact digital cameras there is no manual focus setting.

For stationary subject, one shot auto focus is ideal and for moving subject continuous auto focus is the suitable option. But think of a situation where the photographer is not sure whether the subject will remain stationary or moving the next moment before you click the camera. In such a situation there is a dilemma of selecting the type of focusing mode, one shot or continuous.

Manual Focusing – When is it better than Auto Focusing?

Manual Focusing – When is it better than Auto Focusing?In many modern cameras there is a button called Auto Exposure Lock at the back which can be assigned auto focus instead of shutter. With the click of this button you can shift from one shot mode to continuous and back from continuous mode to one shot mode. Depending on the type of subject you come across whether stationary or moving you can easily switch the modes of focus. Thus you can have best of both the situations. You may think that with auto focus available in camera why should you bother about focusing part in photography? With auto focus much easier to work with why to think of manual focus at all?

In fact auto focusing especially in bad lighting conditions is not perfect. The conflicting focal points given by auto focusing makes good photography difficult. In such a situation you need to essentially use manual focus. Manual focus makes auto focusing in the camera ineffective and you are required to focus the lens manually. Manual focus is recommended for macro, low light or special effects photography.

Manual Focusing – When is it better than Auto Focusing?

Manual Focusing – When is it better than Auto Focusing?The specific situations in which manual focus is superior to auto focus are here. When you are doing macro photography, the depth of field is narrow and you need to be very precise in focusing. In such a case manual focusing has upper edge than auto focusing. When taking photographs in dimly lit surroundings, it becomes too hard to focus with auto focusing option and hence will take longer time to complete the shoot. Manual focusing makes focusing comparatively easier and faster.

Shooting portraits needs very precise focusing and such type of perfect focus can be obtained with manual focusing. If you have to shoot through glass or wire fences camera becomes confused in terms of focusing. Manual focusing will get the things in focus in such a situation. Lastly fast moving subjects when photographed with auto focus will not produce desired results. Manual focusing with practice will get the judgment better and also the pictures you get will be better than obtained using auto focus.

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