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Getting Sharper Images - an Understanding of Focus Modes

Getting Sharper Images - an Understanding of Focus Modes
The longer you shoot, the larger the repertoire of subjects and assignments you photograph becomes. You start off photographing flowers in the garden, your neighbour’s dog, your sister’s kids, your friend’s wedding and then before you know it you’re doing product shots for your friend’s new company. All this happens over time and there is one pretty fundamental skill that must remain paramount throughout out your process, properly focused images. Sure we’ve all been there, we’ve all taken that shot once in while which is slightly soft (a polite photographer’s term to describe out-of-focus images). But, it’s a great shot so we keep it anyway, even tho we would still have preferred it to be tack sharp. In focus images have been one of the most fundamental rules of photography right from the dawn of the craft. So, bringing autofocus up-to-date you have a few options to choose from in your modern DSLR. Single Shot Mode Active or Continuous Focus Modes Auto Modes Manual Focus Mode Good Luck!

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