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Tips and Ops Issue #12 - Exploring Auto Focus (AF) Advantages and Disadvantages
June 14, 2012

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Table of Contents:
  • Photo Tip - Exploring Auto Focus (AF) Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Guest Article - Things to Think About When Considering Above Ground Pool Deck Plans

  • Free Photo Gallery Updates -
    1. Canaan Valley Album
    2. Seneca Caverns Album
    3. Valley Falls Album
    4. Garden Art Album

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Photo Tip - Auto Focus, AF, Advantages and Disadvantages

Exploring your auto focus or AF mode in nature photography. What are some advantages and disadvantages in using your AF assist beam?

Auto Focus is an amazing advantage in digital photography. And depending on your lighting and subject matter you will be glad you have it.

The AF mode is especially handy when it comes to taking photos of people. Sometimes it even makes a huge difference in shooting flower pictures as well.

A big part of the AF mode functionality is the auto focus assist beam. One advantage in using this beam is when photographing in low light or even cloudy days.

When your shutter button is depressed halfway this beam focuses in on your subject. This insures clearer shots no matter what conditions you are met with.

This beam also emits a sound that is inaudible to the human ear. But it is very audible to animals. This brings me to one disadvantage to AF mode.

Fortunately, you can turn this beam on and off easily. I keep mine off because I do a lot of shots of animals and pets.

Follow your camera's instructions for turning this the assist beam on and off.

Free Photo Gallery - State Parks Section Waiting For Your Additons

In this issue you will find three more state parks that had a huge influence on our family travel adventures. As your summer heats up and you take you and your family explore the many state parks across the US, consider sharing those adventures with us.

Here are three more adventurous memories for you to enjoy in photos from my State Parks Section of the Free Photo Gallery:

Canaan Valley State Park Album - Have you heard the song that has that phrase in it, "almost heaven, West Virginia"? Well Canaan Valley fits that description. We had a short visit there in October. Just the time of year when leaves had turned and deer were out looking for salt.

Valley Falls WV Album - You may be looking for family vacation fun, a place to have your wedding, go kayaking or a walk along mountain trails. If any of these adventures sound like fun then Valley Falls West Virginia is calling you.

Seneca Caverns WV Album - Travel deep into Seneca Caverns to enjoy a real family adventure. These caverns also provide a wonderful low light photo opportunity.

Summertime is also garden time. This is the time of year when we move our art out into flower gardens and front yards. Follow along as I add to the Photo Art Section of my free photo gallery. New this week is:

Garden Art Photo Album - Gardens are fun places to take photos of your favorite art pieces. Everyone is unique to it's creator. And they can be as diverse as the very planet that we live on. Don't miss this opportunity to share some of your own garden art ideas.

Have Fun,


Guest Articles

Special thanks to guests who have taken me up on my offer. Your submissions go toward providing great articles of interest to readers.

Things to Think About When Considering Above Ground Pool Deck Plans by Greg from Oklahoma City

If you are thinking of installing an above ground pool, one of the things you need to consider in your initial design is the deck plans. Here are some of the issues you need to consider when you are searching for above ground pool deck plans.

Read more on Considering Above Ground Pool Deck Plans here.

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