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Canon EOS 6D: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Colby Brown

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Manual Focus for Anticipated Action

For most of my photography work, I use autofocus. But with fast-moving subjects, focusing manually can sometimes actually make it easier to get the shot. In Figure 4.8, I knew that my son was going to continue to turn his head and fidget as I attempted to capture a great shot of him. Too often, I found that I was missing the “moment” by less than a second, which is generally how long it takes the autofocus to achieve focus on a moving subject. Since he was standing in the same place, I quickly turned on Manual focus and waited for him to turn and face me. Because I didn’t have to wait for the camera to focus, the photo was taken instantaneously.

Figure 4.8. By changing my focusing mode to Manual, I was able ...

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