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When you focus, start by zooming in to the subject, focussing and then zooming out to compose your shot. As long as the distance from the subject to the lens doesn’t change, you should be able to zoom all you want and not lose focus.

Make sure you’re using an appropriate f-stop. I think of the f-stop number as a denominator in a fraction. Just as 1/4 is larger than 1/16, so f-4 is a larger aperture than f-16. A larger aperture allows in more light, but that means what you see will have a shallower depth of field. If you have more light, shooting at f-16 will be easier from a focus perspective than f-4 or wider.

Finally, zoom affect the focus. A lens zoomed in will have a shallower depth of field than the same lens set wide. So, if you have trouble focussing, try zooming out and moving closer as opposed to zooming in.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.