How to Focus in Video – Manual vs Auto Focus techniques

Learning how to focus a DSLR camera is a lot more involved than many people think. There are so many cinematic maneuvers you can do with focus but many of these shallow depth of field techniques are much more challenging if you’re a single operator. When I started out filming focus was a big challenge for me. I didn’t have a camera and lens combination that gave me an option to use auto focus. Now that I have a great native lens with a trusted camera body I still only reserve autofocus for specific situations.

In this video I share my thoughts on when to use manual focus and when to use autofocus.


  • i recently got a smooth 4 gimbal for my smartphone, and when using autofocus i get alot of that 'womp womp' in n out of can i get in focus footage with smartphone?

    vizandinos repandis 03/26/2020 4:03 pm Reply
  • U totally deserve more media attention !! Thx a ton, just what i was looking for 🙂

    matteo Giampietro 03/26/2020 4:03 pm Reply
  • Hands down the best video on focusing in video mode that I've seen so far! SO HELPFUL! Thanks!!

    Ciarabeo 03/26/2020 4:03 pm Reply
  • Thank you so much. keep it up, really helpful.

    John DG 03/26/2020 4:03 pm Reply
  • Great video, straight to the point. Thank you!

    Mika Bajic 03/26/2020 4:03 pm Reply
  • good

    Abhi D Music 03/26/2020 4:03 pm Reply

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