Since I made the transition to the Canon R6 over a year and a half ago, I have gone through a LOT of trial and error with the camera’s focus settings. For a time, I tried to avoid taking any unnecessary risks!! I will now offer the ultimate focus settings for R6 since I have finally sorted them out (and am confident in them)!
So let me get this straight:
“It took you over two years to figure out how to use this camera?!”
It’s WORTH every penny!!!
I completely understand how bewildering it may be for you to select the appropriate auto-focus mode on the Canon R6. It has the potential to be A LOT, but it is also (in my view!) the feature of this camera that I like the most!
Touch & Drag
This might be preventing you from progressing if you haven’t mastered the touch-and-drag functionality yet. It enables you to move the focus to any location on the screen, and it will maintain its sharpness regardless of where it is placed. On the R6, there are no weak or strong focus areas; rather, the entire screen functions as a strong focus point!! The touch-and-drag interface is not only more accurate but also significantly faster than the joystick option. In the video, you’ll see how I’ve configured this on my camera, and I’ll also provide some troubleshooting suggestions to assist you with touch and drag!
Servo in Contrast to One Shot
One further significant change I’ve seen since I sold my Canon Mark IV is that I now utilize the Servo mode, which allows for continuous shooting, MUCH more frequently than the one shot option. When I was using my Mark IV, I would first locate my focus and then recompose, but now that I’m using the R6, I find my composition first and then adjust my focus to where it needs to be.
In the video, I go into greater detail about my “touch and drag” settings, my three custom buttons that are my “must-have” setting modifications, how I’m making use of eye-tracking throughout my shoots, and much more!
I have been taking photographs of weddings, portraits, and my family using these settings on my Canon R6, and I couldn’t be happier with the pictures I’ve been receiving! This post is intended for you if you have just made the transition to the R6 or are considering doing so in the near future.