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Is it necessary to use focus point selection if I use back button focusing?

I'm a beginner in photography who just started using back button focusing.
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MFT camera with quick focus point choice

I used to have a Canon DSLR camera which allowed a quick selection between 9 different focus point with a nub on the back (1 for each direction and center) or a wheel to cycle. I now have a Panasonic ...
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Is recomposing ideal rather than changing focus point?

As a beginner in photography I’ve stumbled across several videos stating that the center point is the sharpest and most accurate point as apposed to the others. I’ve seen many photographers take ...
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Focus point causing unsharp images?

It seems that some pictures I’m taking just aren’t tack sharp, I’ve been shooting in Aperture Priority and I’ve made sure to avoid camera shake and such. Based off the picture below what would be a ...
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Does an offset split-focus screen exist?

I shoot a Nikon F3 SLR with a split-focus screen, and I do a lot of portraits with very shallow depth of fields (e.g. 50mm f2.8 at 0.5m). When I shoot a portrait I focus on the eye first, then ...
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Does the autofocus work only if we touched an AF point on the camera's touchscreen?

As in here, if we touched the area outside that is covered by squares, nothing would happen or what?
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Is evaluative metering linked to multiple focus points?

This question is about some slight confusion about evaluative metering on a Canon EOS-1V (and possibly early 1D bodies as well). In the manual, the picture for evaluative metering looks like this: ...
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Can I use focus point on manual mode?

I just got my first DSLR Canon 6d and Canon 50mm f1.8 lens . Because im begginer on photography i dont know anything but im tring to learn by watching youtube, but there are some questions i have, i ...
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Is it Possible to Remove the Autofocus Points From the Viewfinder When Using a Split Focusing Screen?

I'm new to photography and recently purchased a Canon 60D. I purchased a split focusing screen from amazon and replaced the stock focusing screen. I still see the autofocus points in the ...
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Best technique for taking sharp photos with only a few auto focus points? [duplicate]

I have some Canon APS-C cameras which only have 9 or 11 AF points and I find the focus points are mostly in the center of the view finder. I work around it by finding the closest point, half-pressing ...
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How to focus on multiple object of interest [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D5300. Mode: Manual ISO: 100 (Bright Daylight) Aperture: f/5.3 Shutter:1/80 Lens: 70-300mm I am trying to find a way to focus on multiple objects, in my case, a bouquet of flowers. ...
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Is there a way to lock the focus point on the Nikon D5500?

Is there a way to lock the focus point on the Nikon D5500? On other models there is a dedicated "L" switch but I can't find a similar function on the D5500. As a workaround I have to hit OK after each ...
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How can I take a picture of a family and have everyone be in sharp focus?

The other day I was trying to take a picture of all my family spread out. When I put the image onto the big screen, the people in the middle were in focus and those around the edge weren't in focus. ...
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How to focus on more objects at the same time while maintaining shallow DOF?

How can I focus on more objects, say three dogs sitting in front of you, while maintaining a nice background blur/shallow DOF? I have a kit lens ranging from 18-55mm with a variable aperture of f/3.5-...
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How can I effectively use the focus points (of Canon DSLR), to get accurate focus on a small subject?

I'm shooting birds with my Canon 1200D and 55-250mm lens. I know this is not ideal lens and focal length for bird photography. But I am new to this field and before investing on expensive equipment, ...
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How do I take a sharp picture of a large crowd of faces?

I've been asked to take a picture of my church (the people, not the building we meet in). They're renting a lift I can use to get adequate height to fit all ~250 people into the frame, but I'm kind of ...
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How do I select a single AF point with Canon EOS 100D

In my last holidays I mistaken a lot of shots failing to focus the subject. For example when my son was inside a big tree, the multipoint AF got in focus the tree and not my son. The EOS 100D manual ...
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I don't need anything to be blurred. I need everything to be focused [duplicate]

The scene is at the distance of say 10 feet. I own Nikon d7200 and a lens of 18-140 mm. There are three cats here and there (not together), but many of my images focused on one/two cats and not all ...
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Canon 7d & 24-70 ii - can't get a crisp or well exposed shot [duplicate]

As the title says, I'm shooting a canon 7d (mi) with the newly acquired Canon L 24-70 ii. I can't tell if I've suddenly forgotten how to shoot, or if both Green and Av mode are messing with me. I've ...
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How can I focus when my camera is on a tripod and none of the focus points line up?

Today I was shooting two persons with my camera (Canon 7D) on a tripod. One person, the one I wanted to be in focus, was composed so far out of the center that I don't have any focus point close to ...
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Which focus mode should I use for a portrait shoot?

I have to do a portrait shoot for a friend. My camera (Pentax K-30) allows me to focus in the following modes: 1 focus point (center) 11 auto focus points 5 auto focus points I haven't yet ...
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How do I tell my T2i to use a particular spot for AF reference?

I just got a 50mm f/1.2 to go along with my T2i, but many of my photos are out of focus because the AF catches my subject's knee instead of her eyes, despite focusing on her eyes and recomposing. ...
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What's the advantage of many autofocus points rather than fewer spread wider across the field? [duplicate]

I have a D3200 with 11 focusing points: The newer and more expensive bodies have even more focus points like e.g. the D610: I mostly work in Single-point AF mode, which means I choose one of the 11 ...
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What is a good focus point for street photography when using zone focusing?

For example, I am using Fuji X100T (35mm), and according to this video [1], Doug McKinlay suggested that turn to f8, and to focus at 10 feet distance, and so from 5 feet to infinity will be in focus, ...
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Why is the focus indicator light always on in single point focus mode on my D7000?

I switched my settings on my Nikon D7100 to single point focus but now as soon as I turn my camera on, I have a square focus icon in my viewfinder, not just when I press on back button focus. This can'...
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Nikon D3300 - Trouble Focusing on Birds both Stationary & Moving

I would like to know how to correct for the problem of capturing moving (or even stationary) birds amid foliage. Too often I end up with a blur even when I use a fast shutter under bright sunlight. ...
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What are the pros and cons of using macro rail vs lens focus?

I am interested in doing focus stacking for macro shots and from what I understand there are two techniques for doing this. One is to use a macro rail that adjusts the length to the subject (e.g ...
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Where do we focus when shooting cars in a street?

f I just want to put the camera at night at the corner of a street to get long exposure effect of the cars that are moving for their car lights, What is the focus settings I should use? Should I also ...
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How do you even see the focus area rectangle when in dark?

I was reading the manual for my camera and well they have a rectangular kind of area that they show in viewfinder and those little squares as focus point and how to change those focus points. But the ...
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How to shoot/capture the droplets of water being sprayed through a spray bottle

I am trying to capture the droplets of water while being sprayed on a subject through a spray bottle. What I mean here is - when I am spraying the water on my subject, I want to capture the droplets ...
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Auto focus vs Single Continuous/Point focus

I'm using a D600. Sometimes, having the ability to select my focus point is good. However, in certain situations, moments can be lost when you're framing or moving the focus point to the subject in ...
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If I'm using only one focus point, am I doing it wrong?

Unless I have to shot a person or an object which moves, I set my camera to use only one focus point at the middle. It feels just more natural and so easy: when I need to focus on something which is ...
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Learning from one's blurred photos: where was the focus point set?

After some shooting, I inevitably find that some photos (and by Murphy, often the best ones) have a blurred subject. Even if the shots are spontaneous and hence the subject is hardly static, I ...
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Why don't cameras have autofocus points in the edges and corners?

On all the DSLRs I've used, there are never any autofocus points near the edges and corners. Why is that?
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How to get tack sharp portraits with shallow DOF when lacking an AF point where I want to focus?

What is the best way to get tack sharp portraits with shallow depth of field when lacking an auto focus point where I want to focus. I don't want to crop and "focus and recompose" is not an option ...
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rule of thirds difficulty to focus

I don't get it why camera manufacturers don't put an af point where the intersection of the "rule of thirds" lie? Shooting would be a lot better
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Why are OVF and Liveview focus dots in different locations in my Nikon D800?

I put my camera (D800) on a tripod to check for any focusing issues ,and if I switch from OVF to Liveview the focus dot is in a different location.I tried two different lenses and they both give the ...
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Why isn't my Canon 70D autofocus accurate in manual zone AF mode with a 50mm f/1.8 lens?

I recently purchased a Canon 70D for its dual pixel autofocusing system and ISO performance. I am in love with this feature rich-camera; however I found the camera's autofocus fails to function ...
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How does autofocus point selection relate to manual focus?

Every lens I have comes with an auto-focus / manual focus switch. How should it be used if I am shooting on AV mode? If I were to select one of the focus points, do I need to have the lens on auto-...
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Aperture priority mode in high speed lens while photographing more than one person

I use 50mm f/1.8 lens(with Canon T3i) for portraiture. It's quite easy when only one subject is involved :Open the aperture wide, focus on the eyes(most of the times) and you get a nice portrait. How ...
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How Autofocus with Single Focus Point works after Re composing

I own a Nikon D7000 which of course has 39 focus points. I was going through some articles on internet on focusing techniques. One article I came across was say shooting people (portraits) I should ...
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How do I make the focus point indicators stay long enough to select on the Canon 60D?

I have just switched from the Canon 500D to a 60D. Most of my work is property based, and this is therefore 90% internal flash shots where I often wish to pick out a particular spot for best focus. ...
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How to avoid switching “modes” of 4-way controller on Pentax K-5?

I quite enjoy ergonomics and user interface of Pentax K-5, except this one thing that drives me nuts. I shoot almost exclusively using a selected focus point, and the arrow buttons have two "modes" -...
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How do Canon 600D and 650D compare with respect to focus points types?

My photographic style is action, and according to a website that I read I need at least 9 focus points to get better photos. I'm considering getting a Canon EOS 650D, but it turns out that it has ...
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Is there a way to use phase detection AF with live view on a Canon EOS camera?

On any of the EOS xx(x)D model that has the live view function, can the camera make focus using the AF collimators (instead of using contrast detection), as it's possible on the old Nikon D300 ? If ...
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How do you use the different autofocus points on your DSLR?

My Nikon D300 has quite a few autofocus points. There's a button I can operate with my thumb to change the autofocus point but I find that quite difficult to use. So I almost exclusively use the ...
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What autofocus zone selection mode should I use for action/event shooting?

I have a Canon 7D, and typically shoot everything I do in its single-point autofocus zone select mode, because I usually want fine control over exactly what the camera is focusing on and I often find ...
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Why does the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 have fewer AF points in optical viewfinder mode?

From the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 manual: When AREA is selected for AF MODE in the shooting menu and S is selected for focus mode, the electronic viewfinder and LCD monitor offer a choice of 49 focus ...
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Is there a secret way to make the Fujifilm X-Pro 1's autofocus point selection faster?

I think the answer to this is "no", but it may actually be available and I'm just not figuring out how to toggle the setting. The X-Pro 1 has a wealth of AF points — 49 in EVF mode and 25 in OVF mode....
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What is the reason to use fewer points than the maximum available for the autofocus?

According to the manual, Nikon D7000 has three options for the number of autofocus points: 9, 21 and 39 points. The manual explains that less points may be used when the subject is moving predictably....