Sunday, September 17, 2006

09/17/06: Auto-focus in the Dark

Yesterday I gave a tip for manual focus in the dark. Today we'll discuss auto-focus in the dark. Most ETTL auto-focus lenses work well with ETTL (dedicated) flashes. Quite often pro photographers will shoot in the dark (or near dark) with a wide to super wide angle lens and they'll shoot without looking thru the viewfinder. You can just find where the auto-focus beam pattern lands and then use to to point to what you want to photograph. Often I'll shoot a wedding reception with a focal length of around 15-35mm and where I will simply hold the camera above my head and/or off to the side where I'll will then just follow where the auto-focus beam lands. It takes some practice to get used to this technique, but you'll eventually find the right way to capture cool images in the dark (and in sharp focus) without having to look thru your viewfinder to compost the shot. One of the cool things about this technique is that you'll also be able to keep your eyes open to things developing beyond what falls within the frame of your viewfinder.


Blogger Hollye said...

a fantastic tip. I'm going to try that this weekend.


12:08 PM, October 25, 2006  

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