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When to Use Manual Focus

Posted on: 27 August 2007

Last week I referenced a great article by Paul Indigo on why not to use the Manual Setting on your camera–namely it allows you to focus more on the creativity of photography rather than the technical aspects of photography.

Today, I want to talk about when it’s ok, or even preferred, to use the Manual setting on your camera instead of allowing your camera to autofocus. Yes, there are instances when you want to be in control. Briefly, those times include:

  • macro work
  • portraits
  • shooting through glass or wire fences
  • action photography
  • low light

For more on this subject go to digital Photography School (dps) and read the article. Then go out and practice and see what you think.


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