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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:04 am 
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Hi gang,
Here's a new video with five focus tips for DSLR cameras:

I hope you find it helpful!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:24 pm 
Photofreak99 - Many thanks for an excellent presentation! And - finally - an understandable explanation in plain English of when to use the focus-points 'properly', instead of centre-and-recompose... Makes a lot of sense, when explained like that!

I had several years of bridge-cameras before - so was very used to centre-hold-and-recompose, and didn't really see what the "pick a point" improved. When you showed how 'misses' are all too easy with centre-etc - I said "******!" - aloud - it instantly explained at least some of my errors, particularly in portrait mode.

One of my bridge cameras - Canon SX10 - does have a movable focus point - 493 positions, actually. (29 across, 17 down - just looked.) But to use it requires pressing a button, then using the 4-way arrows to move it. And I hadn't seen any any valid reason to use it, anyway. After that explanation - even the old SX10 now has 'another' usable function.

Great quality video - a (non-transferable) keeper for reference. Thanks again!

Regards, Dave.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:18 am 

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Hi photofreak99,

Thanks a lot for the video, it was very clear and helpful! I also browsed some of the videos in the channel of this video's author and they are great videos. Do you make those videos or you just found in on the internet?

Anyways, thanks for sharing :)

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:48 am 

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I hadn't thought about the last tip, always learning, thanks.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:41 am 
Great video, thanks for posting! I'm not big into using auto-focus, but I found the last manual focus tip helpful :mrgreen:

PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:37 am 

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Thanks for posting that. Your pre-focus tip is perfect for the shot I am trying to get of my wayward pooch as she runs towards me along a path.

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