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I've shot at a party at night recently. I've used mainly multi point (continuous) tracking as it makes more sense, as random events may come and go.

Question

My friend suggests that I should have used single point to increase the amount of images worth keeping. I don't do that but I do bracketing, and it improves my keeper count, as well as just taking multiple shots. If Single point AF preferred when you're shooting at such events or is it more of a personal choice?

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Single point or even manual focus, plus focus lock. The lock allows you to quickly focus with a half press of the shutter and then recompose to shoot. That way the focus is where you want it which may not be the centre of the frame.

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    Divorcing focus from the shutter button altogether and using the back button for focusing works even better, as it preserves the locked focus distance for multiple shots. – Michael C Dec 29 '15 at 5:54
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Pictures look sharper when a camera is focusing at the middle focus point. I'd say that you probably would slightly increase your chances of getting more images with a crisp focus if you switch to single point and keep that point in the middle.

  • Are you suggesting that using a focus point other than the center point results in less than optimal focus? As far as selecting multi-point vs single, it depends on the scenario and shooting conditions as well as technique and skills of the user, and a blanket statement that one is better than the other can't be said. – dpollitt Dec 28 '15 at 22:53
  • In low light the center point usually focuses more accurately and faster on most Canon EOS models as well as a lot of other brands, especially if a lens f/2.8 or wider is used. This is because it is usually a cross point compared to other focus points that are vertical only or horizontal only focus points, or even a double cross point (with one cross point oriented diagonally) with a wider baseline compared to single cross points or hor/vert only points at the other positions. – Michael C Dec 29 '15 at 5:51
  • But do "pictures look sharper". No. – dpollitt Dec 30 '15 at 4:13

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