Back Button Focus – Free Quick Guide

The back button focus option is relatively new to cameras. Perhaps you’ve heard about it, or maybe you haven’t?

Here is the menu for setting up the back button focus on a Nikon DSLR camera.

Traditionally, the autofocus on the camera is activated by slightly depressing the shutter release button.

Many newer cameras now allow you to assign a button on the camera’s back to activate the focus instead of relying on the shutter release button.

This option has some significant advantages, especially for wildlife or sports photographers or any photographer that photographs movement.

In this article, Tobie Schalkwyk will fill you in on everything you need to know regarding the back button focusing option.

You’re going to learn:

  • What back button focus is
  • How it works
  • How and when to use it
  • How to set your camera on back button focus

Back button focus is an excellent tool for photographers that capture moving objects as it separates the two functions of autofocus and shutter release.

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Photographs by Tobie Schalkwyk

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