What is Focus Peaking? | A Guide To Better Manual Focus

Users and manufacturers have been seeking new ways to make focusing even more accessible through a variety of unique techniques.

What is Focus Peaking? | A Guide To Better Manual Focus
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What is Focus Peaking?

A Guide to Better Manual Focus

It’s an exciting time for both iOS and Android users of the Moment Capture App. Today, we’re adding a Focus Peaking feature to our diverse collection of manual controls made to enhance your mobile photography and videography. Learn more about what the Focus Peaking function is and how it can deeply impact the way you shoot your photos and videos.

First off, what is it?

Users and manufacturers have been seeking new ways to make focusing even more accessible through a variety of unique techniques. One of these techniques is focus peaking; an aid for manual focus that is both possible for photographers and videographers to perfect the art of attention on a narrow space within their camera’s frame. Focus peaking works by detecting edges on your scene that have the highest amount of contrast (and therefore, the most in focus) and emphasizing them with a particular.

While this might sound similar to the contrast defect focusing found in many digital cameras, that’s because, in a way, it is. The camera will use a bright color to distinguish what is in focus versus what isn’t since it will be contrasting with the standard colors in your frame. This is to help the photographer show how much of the focused part of your subject is in its current depth of field when stopped down.

When focus peaking is fully activated, the photographer should gauge which correct aperture setting should be captured, as you’ll be able to watch the digital overlay “roll” across the scene on your camera’s live view.

What is Focus Peaking? | A Guide To Better Manual Focus

An image corrected with Focus Peaking. Notice the front leaves.

Bright Green Color(s)

For focus peaking to work, you must first enable it in the camera app menu, where you can also tailor the scene or subject to shooting. You'll notice our app does a bright green color to stark contrast against the other colors of your scene to clearly define what is in focus versus what isn't.

What is Focus Peaking? | A Guide To Better Manual Focus

A normal picture without peaking correction.

What is Focus Peaking? | A Guide To Better Manual Focus

Corrected with Focus Peaking.

Understanding the Levels

While on traditional mirrorless cameras, like the newer Sony models, you are able to select different levels of peaking (high vs. low), our app does not able you to do so. Instead, there is one option to choose from that clearly enables the photographer to see how well their subject is in focus. It's displayed fairly "high" and intensely on your screen, so there's no doubt you'll miss the subject.

What is Focus Peaking? | A Guide To Better Manual Focus

Take a peak at the "Explore" of the image.

Magnifying Also Works

It’s difficult to judge whether or not your image is genuinely sharp unless you magnify the details of the image in live view. In the app, try zooming in on your subject to detect whether or not you have a successfully focused scene.

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