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