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It is time for me to teach you really super important lesson on how to focus with an SLR camera. But as you look through the view finder of your camera, you will notice that you have these nine boxes, spread throughout the camera. There is going to be one in the center and there is going to be eight others around the perimeter of that center.
Now these are your focusing points and there is a button to the top right end corner of your camera. When you are taking a picture, if you are in the creative mode and you pushed that button, like that. You are going to see a red box light up and then that is what the camera is using as its focus point, okay? But what if we do not want to have that as our focus point? What if we want one of these other eight boxes around? Okay, what we are going to do is we are going to push this thumb button right here, so if we push that thing and it lights up. And as we rotate, our primary selector wheel, we can move our focus point to any of those nine boxes, and eventually at one point, they will all light up.
Okay, when they will light up, that means the camera is going to find, usually it means it is going to try to find the closest object to you and focus on that. There are some custom settings in the camera that will allow you to control different ways to select the focus point, but usually you are going to push this button right here and you move the primary selector wheel, the secondary selector wheel or the joystick, any of them will normally work.
Look at that, if you push it straight down, it will go to the middle one. It is kind of useful. Now, one last thing you need to know about the auto focus point is, remember that this is a two-stop button on the SLR camera. That means the first time you pushed it down, pass that first resistance point, so if you are taking and pushing it down half way, two things are going to happen on that first push down.
First is that you are going to get focus on something and the second is that is going to start metering. If you hold this button down, you can move the camera and it is going to hold both the focus point and the metering. It is very important to learn to be able to get something in focus and then move the camera and recompose it. This will lie to you to be really creative with your focus points and control what is in focus and what is not, so learn to do that. Learn to select the different points, using the thumb wheel on what is your focus and focusing what is not. And also learn to hold that button down and recompose. A very, very powerful stuff and I will show you some examples, this really quite useful.
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