Photography for Beginners Part 27: Back Button Focus

Each post in this series builds on information discussed in previous posts. See the Photography for Beginners page on the menu for links to all the posts.

Back button focus (BBF) is an autofocus method that uses a button on the back of the camera body to tell the lens to focus, rather than the usual method of half-pressing the shutter button.

Once you are comfortable with using a camera it’s a good idea to set it up to give BBF a try. It takes some getting used to and you need some time to develop new muscle memory, so you’ll want to try it out over several shooting sessions before you decide if it’s for you or not.

If you end up not liking BBF after giving it a fair chance you can reset your camera and go back to the default method of half-pressing the shutter button to autofocus. Many photographers feel BBF is the only way to shoot and once they start using it never go back.

I’m not sure how common people like me are, but I use BBF situationally. It depends on what I’m doing and sometimes just my mood.

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Forgot One!

Yesterday I posted some photography channels on YouTube that I enjoy, but I accidentally left one out.

Lynne Luxon-Jones

This is another channel I stumbled over very recently. Lynne lives in the UK, and is yet another photographer with a camper van.* Unlike the others, she doesn’t make her living from photography, but she is serious about it as a hobby. A nice thing about that is that she uses the same photography gear that a lot of beginners do, her primary camera being the Nikon D7200, a DSLR with an APS-C sensor. I like her approach to things, how she explains what she’s doing, and again her sense of humor.

* I’m a bit obsessed with camper vans, so love videos about photographers using one for their outings. One of my favorite “if I won the lotto” fantasy games is mentally designing my own custom-built camper van.


Some YouTube Channels I’ve Been Watching

Over a year ago I posted about some photography related YouTube channels I enjoy. I’ve added a few people since then to those I regularly watch, so figured I’d make another post. This time I’m giving a “starter link” for each one that I think provides a good example of their general style. If you don’t like that video you can try a couple of others and decide if they’re for you or not.

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