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Focusing Modes

Digital Cameras Different Focusing Modes

As previously discussed, almost all new digital cameras have many advanced features that can make photography much more manageable and fun. One of these features is Auto Focusing Modes. In this article, I am going to discuss the variations in different Auto Focus Modes.

What are the most common Auto Focus Modes?

Generally speaking, there are two different modes, Single-mode and Continuous-mode.

In Single Auto Focus Mode, when you press the focusing button, the camera focuses on the item and locks the focus for that distance. Therefore, if the subject moves, it gets out of focus!

Single Auto Focus mode is an excellent choice for a steady or not moving subject. For instance, if you take landscape photos or portraits, your subject is not going to move and change the distance.

Single Auto Focus

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In landscape photography, single autofocus mode works the best.

Single Auto Focus

Focusing Modes
Single Auto Focus mode is a great choice for steady and not moving subject.

As you can see in the above pictures, the single autofocus mode worked just fine. However, in the above example, if the cat starts to move, it gets out of focus.
Therefore by switching the focus mode to Continuous, the camera locks the focusing on the subject and not to a certain distance. Thereby, if the subject moves, the camera keeps focusing on maintaining the subject in focus.

Continuous Autofocus

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In Continuous Autofocus mode, the camera keeps focusing on moving subjects.

Here are more samples that show how Continuous autofocus mode improves your photography.

Continuous Autofocus

Using Continuous autofocus enables the camera to maintain the subject in focus.
Using Continuous autofocus enables the camera to maintain the subject in focus.

Continuous Autofocus

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Some of the digital cameras are very fast in focusing on continuous autofocus mode.

Should you always use Continuous autofocus?

Continuous autofocus uses more power. Therefore, it drains the battery faster. So, if the subject is not moving, or you do re-composing, there is no need for using continuous autofocus. However, in some advanced digital cameras, there is a Focus Tracking feature, which is a topic for another post!

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