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Auto Focus Vs Manual Focus
Old 01-30-2009, 01:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
I always try to use manual focus when doing live photography csch as in model photoshoot or outdoors photographing flowers, trees birds etc. But the problem I face is the photos tend to come ourtshaky and/or blurry.

I wanted to ask all the professional photogarphers, do you guys recommend using auto focus, in photoshoot sessions where the model is constantly changing her pose, or is that a tabboo and I should strick to using manual focus and keep on practicing?

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Re: Auto Focus Vs Manual Focus
Old 01-30-2009, 03:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What camera, f stop, shutterspeed? Do you have a sample to post?
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Re: Auto Focus Vs Manual Focus
Old 01-30-2009, 06:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When auto-focus lenses became good enough to give me shapr pictures all the time, I started letting the lens focus everything and haven't looked back. Today, a good auto-focus lens can focus much faster than most photographers. But ... all my other settings are still locked on manual!
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Re: Auto Focus Vs Manual Focus
Old 01-30-2009, 09:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You should always and only do what works best for you in a given situation.

Sometimes that means manual everything.

Sometimes that means auto everything.

Sometimes that means a mix of auto and manual.

My personal thought: I didn't pay several thousand dollars for a camera and lenses that will do things for me, just to turn around and not let them do them for me. There's a time and place for everything.
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Re: Auto Focus Vs Manual Focus
Old 01-31-2009, 01:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Like Mr. Jon Scott said: "You should always and only do what works best for you in a given situation."
When I shoot fashion shows, or any fast-moving action, I find the Auto-Focus best. But when I have the time to fine-tune, and put the selective focus exactly where I want it, I focus manually. And I get very good results either way.
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Old 01-31-2009, 03:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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When auto-focus lenses became good enough to give me shapr pictures all the time, I started letting the lens focus everything and haven't looked back. Today, a good auto-focus lens can focus much faster than most photographers. But ... all my other settings are still locked on manual!
Same here on the settings I use, however he said they were "shakey and blurry". Might be too slow a shutter speed.

Ya got shakey, blurry and /or your out of focus.

F2 @ 1/20 sec = blurry and/or shakey. (just an example). That is why I asked earlier the shutter speeds and f stops, and camera.
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Re: Auto Focus Vs Manual Focus
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You should always and only do what works best for you in a given situation.

Sometimes that means manual everything.

Sometimes that means auto everything.

Sometimes that means a mix of auto and manual.

My personal thought: I didn't pay several thousand dollars for a camera and lenses that will do things for me, just to turn around and not let them do them for me. There's a time and place for everything.
Ditto! Having the equipment that will do things for me means that I have that option if I need it, not to rely on it soley.
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Re: Auto Focus Vs Manual Focus
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My question is to smtalha, the original poster of this topic.
Why haven't you tried different settings and autofocus versus manual focus yourself?
you have the equipment right in front of you. USE IT! Experiment, be creative. see what works best and then continue what works best!
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:10 AM   #9 (permalink)
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i have tied switching between the both and the auto-focus is much more easier to use. it allows me to concentrate on the composition and light and i dnt have to worry if the photos are going to come out blury or not.

but because im new to photogarpher, i wanted to ensure that i learn the right technique and not cut corners. photography is something i want to enjoy doing. i'll show your the results in the next reply, letme just upload a another photo.

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My question is to smtalha, the original poster of this topic.
Why haven't you tried different settings and autofocus versus manual focus yourself?
you have the equipment right in front of you. USE IT! Experiment, be creative. see what works best and then continue what works best!
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:23 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Here, the 1st two photos are of my buddy, I did his portfolio recently. this was shot using auto-focus.




This photo is of a girl mate i know, the photo came out blury using manual-focus.
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