Video Tutorial- Lock your focus plane

Today I am sharing my FIRST EVER video tutorial. (eeep! so frightening).

And wouldn’t you know, I am showing you something I’ve already talked about before- locking your focus plane. I think this is one that is just easier to understand how to do if someone shows you, though.

So here goes, how to lock your focus points on your camera!

This is really helpful when you are taking pictures of people, and want their eyes to always be in focus, or of a craft and want a certain feature to be perfectly clear. Basically, it “locks” a certain point of your viewfinder in focus, so that that part of the picture will be in focus the most. It is SO HELPFUL, I can’t even begin to tell you! And it is so easy to set up and change on the fly.

So here we go: how to use focus lock!!

**i was really nervous on the video and called this focus lock, which is a different technique… just rember it’s setting a focus plane and you’ll be golden :).

17 thoughts on “Video Tutorial- Lock your focus plane”

  1. Thanks for the tutorial! I have a question-I’ve shot both ways and I feel that manually adjusting the focal point slows me down. How do you handle that? Do you continue to adjust for each and every photo during a photo shoot? I got frustrated with it and gave it up and just use the grab method (use auto center button focused on what I want in focus, then holding down the shutter composing the shot, then capture). Sounds confusing, but it’s been working. However, I’d really like to give the manual focal point another try, just concerned about speed. Thanks again!

  2. i just came across this and THANK YOU SO MUCH! haha. i have been using DSLRs for four years now, and i STILL struggle to know all of the cool things they can do. this video was simple and SO easy, so thank you very much!

  3. Great job. I think this is one of the most important things you can learn. I’ve tried the focus and recompose method, but it didn’t work well for me (probably meaning I need more practice), but changing my focus point manually made a HUGE difference in how sharp my pictures were. I just wish I learned this earlier.

  4. Thanks for this video. I had read about this before but feel like I understand it so much better now. Guess I am a visual learner. You did a great job and no one would guess this was your first video!!!

  5. Thanks for this post! I don’t have a DSLR, but I think it’s the next best thing from a point and shoot. I have all the manual controls but no interchangeable lenses. Anyway, I’ve been so frustrated that instead of focusing on the little cross in the middle of the screen a bunch of little green squares would show up randomly on the screen to focus on. This post helped me realize 1. I needed to turn the face recognition setting off 2. How to set my focus square (I can change the location and the size) and 3. How to lock the focus point too! These little bite sized tips on using a camera have been so helpful and are just the right amount of information to keep me from feeling overwhelmed in a sea of technical terms. Thank you again!

    Nikki Kelly @ the ambitious procrastinator

  6. Thanks, Stephanie!

    I will be doing a lot more- I was really, really afraid of doing them, and since I used my iPhone to shoot, it was hard to keep it steady-ish. BUT- it was so much easier than writing out a whole post. So you’ll see many more in the future!

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