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Focus on Sharpness (Extended Edition)

New England Bird Photography
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Feb 10 8:30AM - 5:00PM

I offered this topic as a half day class on November 11, 2017 and it sold out weeks in advance and seemed to be very well-received. However, with all of the great questions and interaction, I did not manage to fit in all of the topics that I had hoped to cover. I have decided to offer it again as a full day session to give us even more time for questions and to be able to cover more material, and some of it in a little greater depth.

This class will explore a variety of tools and techniques which help to maximize image sharpness, ranging from proper tripod and handholding technique to the advanced autofocus tuning and configuration features of todays DSLRs. Topics will include :

Tripods and heads

Long lens technique

Handholding

Effects of lens choice

Single vs. continuous AF

Depth of field

Depth of field preview

Focus and recompose

Phase-detect vs. contrast-detect AF

Types of AF points

Accuracy vs. precision

AF Area Modes

Custom AF settings

Image Stabilization

Mirror blackout time

Mirror lockup

Electronic first curtain shutter

Live view AF

Back button focus (pros, cons, and variations)

Microfocus adjustment / AF fine-tune

The class will start at 8:30 AM and we will break at Noon for lunch on your own (with plenty of choices within a 5-10 minute drive). We will reconvene at 1:30 PM and the day will conclude at 5:00 PM.

Maximum class size of 18.

Please bring your camera and a small lens to class.

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