Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How To Screw Up A Photo Shoot - Method 1

My main camera is a Nikon D700. I love it. Especially the auto focus feature. Most of the time.

One problem. It has three settings; manual, continuous and single.

I like to use the single setting. That way I can focus on an object, hold the shutter release button halfway down, recompose, and know that the important subject will be sharp in the final image.

But it’s easy - real easy - to accidentally move the selector lever to continuous. Which mens that the autofocu is working whenever the shutter release button is pressed. Thus, when I think the prime subject is sharp, it may well not be. Case in point below.

Lesson learned; check ALL those little switches and levers all the time.


  1. The DSLRs are fantastic, but you're right. They require a new set of skills, not the least of which is vigilance.

  2. Yup. And it takes a good while before one automatically checks all the variables every time one picks up the camera.