Friday's Photo Tip - Auto or Manual Focus
Even though today's DSLR cameras use auto-focus lenses, have you ever switched it off to do the focusing yourself?
When I became interested in photography, there was no such thing as an auto focus lens.
When they first started making them I was skeptical, and I stayed with my manual ones.
In fact, the first AF lens I owned was when I purchased my DSLR.
And I have to say, I keep my camera set to the "manual" focusing mode even on this camera.
At first I thought it was going to be great, this auto focus feature.
But then I started in with my macro images, and the lens would never quite get the correct spot in focus that I wanted.
And many times, if the light was insufficient, or the object too close, then the lens would just keep hunting for the focal point, and pretty much driving me crazy.
Just about the only time that I use the AF is when I am shooting an action shot.
Taking the above image was just about impossible without the AF.
The boys moved way too fast for me to manually get them in clearly, but the AF lens would follow them around and keep them in focus at all times.
I am a real stickler for depth of field (DOF), and the AF lens has no idea what I want.
This is my main reason for using the manual mode - I want the control.
So, do you use the manual or the auto focus on your camera?