Autofocus or autofocus for most photographic scenes is the preferred solution over manual focus. In skilled hands, autofocus focuses more precisely, and, most importantly, faster than the average photographer. However, autofocus is far from being as simple as it might seem to a novice amateur photographer, and its proper use is very far from the point-and-shoot principle. There are a number of subtleties that you should learn if you want autofocus to stop living its own life and begin to do what you want from it.
I highly recommend that you re-read that section of the manual for your camera that focuses on autofocus – these are some of the most useful pages in the entire manual, and the information contained therein should not be neglected. At a minimum, you should be aware of which controls are responsible for switching between different autofocus modes and choosing the focus point you need. Continue reading