Why I Prefer Manual Focus (Even With An Auto Focus Lens)

Our recent conversation around how hard photography should be, reminded me how much I enjoy certain manual aspects of photography. One of those is manual focusing a lens. With a digital compact I'm quite happy to let the Auto Focus (AF) do the work. But with a DSLR, the pace and the motives are different.… Continue reading Why I Prefer Manual Focus (Even With An Auto Focus Lens)

Focusing Tips – The Force Focus Trick

My new (but 10 years old) Lumix FX38 isn't always great at focusing on small objects up close I've found, especially in the generally lower light beneath woodland canopies. It's more the size of the object (and the size of the focusing area of the camera) that causes problems, as I've found by putting my… Continue reading Focusing Tips – The Force Focus Trick

The Delights Of Disappearing Down Rabbit Holes

As a teenager browsing the music section of a large bookstore, I recall two huge tomes that were forever on my wish list. First was The Great Rock Discography, which charted just about every band that could even loosely by categorised as rock or pop, and everything they had recorded and released. It was like… Continue reading The Delights Of Disappearing Down Rabbit Holes

Focusing Tips – How To Rock Out For Optimum Focus Accuracy

Using DSLRs, I oscillate pretty evenly between Auto Focus (AF) and Manual Focus (MF) lenses. And even with my three AF lenses, I use them MF a significant part of the time too. Because many of my photographs are close up - and often at the closest focus of the lens - I often use… Continue reading Focusing Tips – How To Rock Out For Optimum Focus Accuracy