5 Situations When You Should Use Manual Focus

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Without a doubt, auto-focus is of immense benefit to modern photography. It saves us a lot of time and effort, you simply need to press a shutter button and the camera will automatically do all the calculations and focus hunting for you. However, there are situations where it is better to use manual focus than auto-focus.

In these situations, which we will look at below, auto-focus doesn’t perform well as expected. So you will need to rotate the focus mode selector to “M” and do all the needed calculation and focus hunting on your own. There are many reasons to use Manual focus especially for experienced photographers. In fact, every good photographer should understand when Manual Focus can give better results; for instance when there is obstacle on your way. You should also know when to switch back to auto-focus.

Both manual and auto focus can produce great results depending on how you use them. In this article, we will discuss top 5 situations where it is better to use manual focus than auto focus.

1. When there are obstacles in the Way

In some situations, your subject will be partially blocked by an immovable object or an object you intend keeping in the photo. In this situation, using manual focus will be extremely valuable in pinpointing the main subject. Additionally, you can creatively blur the obstruction from the view if you combine this technique with a wide aperture.

2. Low Light Situations

It can be hard to get the right focus when you are working in a dimly lit environment. In such situation, you’ll notice that your camera is having a problem focusing in an auto mode when the lens whirls from one end of its focusing options to the other and back again before focusing when you take a shot. This situation can make taking quick shots very frustrating. Alternatively, you can switch to manual focus and easily pinpoint the subject you’re after.

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