50 Things Photographers Need to Know About Focus

An Enthusiast's Guide

by John Greengo

Series: Enthusiast's Guide

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  • 9781681985008
  • 9781681985022

While focusing your camera seems like it should be a no-brainer—there’s autofocus, after all!—it’s often not a simple task. Depending on the shooting situation, your camera, and the countless scenarios that can “throw off” the focus, the task of achieving sharp images with great focus can be deceptively challenging.

If you’re a passionate photographer eager to learn the best ways to achieve tack-sharp focus in your images, these 50 focus-based principles are exactly what you need to take your work to the next level. With photographer and author John Greengo as your guide, you’ll quickly learn nearly four dozen techniques for achieving focus in every shooting situation. You’ll learn:

    • How to optimize autofocus no matter what kind of camera you have (DSLR or mirrorless)
    • How to master manual focus
    • Which focus modes and focus areas work best for different situations
    • How to use your camera’s autofocus aids, such as magnification and focus peaking
    • Techniques to keep your camera stable, either handheld or on a tripod
    • How shutter speed and aperture affect sharpness

Written in the author’s friendly and approachable style, and illustrated with examples that clearly show how each technique can help you capture great photos, 50 Things Photographers Need to Know About Focus is designed to be an effective, fast, and fun way to learn how to achieve great focus in your images—no matter what situation.


    Chapter 1: Focus Basics
    Chapter 2: Autofocus
    Chapter 3: Mirrorless Autofocus
    Chapter 4: DSLR Autofocus
    Chapter 5: Customized Autofocus Controls
    Chapter 6: Autofocus Aids
    Chapter 7: Autofocus and Lenses
    Chapter 8: Manual Focus and Lenses
    Chapter 9: Exposure Control for Focus
    Chapter 10: Advanced Focusing Techniques
    Chapter 11: Other Focus Topics

  • Rocky Nook; June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781681985022
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  • Title: 50 Things Photographers Need to Know About Focus
  • Series: Enthusiast's Guide
  • Author: John Greengo
  • Imprint: Rocky Nook
Subject categories
  • 9781681985008
  • 9781681985022

About The Author

John Greengo is a photographer who specializes in photographic education, from online training to local workshops to photo tours. In his teaching, his enthusiasm for photography is readily apparent, where his unique blend of illustrations, animations, and photographs makes learning photography easy and fun.

John is a life-long resident of Seattle, Washington, and a typical Northwest outdoor adventure lover. Starting with a college degree in photography, John combined his love of photography with his enthusiasm for travel and adventure. From biking and hiking, to canoeing and kayaking, he’s undertaken a variety of journeys that has led him to the far reaches of the planet. Many of those travels came while working with world famous photographer Art Wolfe on his television show Travels to the Edge. John assisted in the production of the show and acted as Art’s all-around technical guru for all things photographic.

Find John online at johngreengo.com.

Subject categories
  • 9781681985008
  • 9781681985022