On this video photographer Tony Northrup takes a look at a simple tweak that you can do in a few seconds in your camera which can help improve your focusing considerably.
The idea behind back button focusing is simple. While most people use the shutter button for both focusing and shooting, there are photographers who find it useful to separate the two – focusing with a dedicated button at the rear of the camera and shooting with the regular button. The advantage according to Northrop (and others who use this method) is that you can focus quicker especially on moving subjects.
We have already covered the way autofocus technology works as well as given you some good focusing tips courtesy of photography Phil Steele and even Northrup himself had a video covering this topic. We also had photographer Steve Perry’s video on Back-Button Focusing here on LensVid and he also highly recommends this method.
Update Bonus: In an interesting coincidence Canon just published this quick video on Back Button AF which according to Canon works on all EOS cameras
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