wedding+ family photography for joyful people
Hey there! I'm Linda! I was born and raised in Maine, spent the last 6 years in Portland, and now call the Boston area my home!
Most days you can find me playing on the floor with my daughter, writing love letters to my husband, and reading with a cup of tea!
I am mostly known for being able to find all the things my husband has lost, making as much food as I can from scratch, my obsession with chips and salsa, and my mad organization skills.
The camera wasn’t one I generally used. In fact, it was a rental, and it was driving me and Steven absolutely crazy. We couldn’t figure out why some shots would fire, and why some would. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason, and I was kicking myself for not noticing it BEFORE the wedding of one of my best friends. But you know what? We never figured it out. I assumed that the camera just wasn’t working properly. It wasn’t until almost a year later that I finally realized what was going on – it was the FOCUS mode of the camera!
Maybe once upon a time I knew about the focus modes, but my camera settings are generally always the same so I haven’t played with that in years! But now I know – for most cameras (and I’m going to talk about Nikon cameras specifically because that’s what I use myself) have different auto-focus modes.
Now, I use back-button focus (here’s a super-duper old post of mine that explains what that means) but there is still an “auto-focus” that takes place when I use it. What I mean is that I’m not manually focusing my lens for each shot by moving the focal ring that is ON the lens itself! For Nikons, here are the three different focus modes (whatever mode you use will be displayed on the screen below your shutter speed):
Here’s how I remember them:
There are a ton of other things that go into keeping a photo in focus, but knowing which mode you’re in is a really important start! So, I encourage you to look in your manual, figure out how to change this setting and then play around with it! I practiced using AF-C a lot with Lily – I told her to just run towards me a zillion times while I took photos, haha. For Canon cameras, I think the abbreviations have the format of AI-servo. I’m sorry I can’t be more help than that in regards to a Canon!
I hope that this can be of help to a newer photographer, or even a more seasoned photographer like me! haha.
Linda is a Boston-based photographer specializing in weddings and creating family legacies. You can see more of her work online at lindabarryphotography.com, on Instagram, or on Facebook. If you want to reach out directly: email@example.com. To sign up for the monthly newsletter full of encouragement and real life, click here!
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