What is Focus Peaking?

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Focus peaking is when you squint really hard and “peak” through your viewfinder…. Just kidding.  Focus peaking is a tool to assist you while manual focusing.  It highlights the areas that are in focus so you are able to quickly focus the camera and not miss crucial shots.  It’s also great for those of us with poor eye sight who need a little assistance to determine if something is “perfectly” in focus.  The video below showcases the Fuji X100S focus peaking and is a perfect example of focus peaking.

Video Source: Petapixel

Notice how as the camera’s focus spans from the front to the back of the frame there are highlights sweeping through the frame showing what is in focus as you turn the focus ring (much like the highlighted pixels in Lightroom or Photoshop that show blown out or underexposed areas).  Impressive.

Focus peaking is becoming more and more common in higher end cameras and will eventually find it’s way into the vast majority of cameras.  It’s perfect for moments when you want to get the focus exactly where you want it as opposed to depending on auto focus.

What do you think?  Would or do you use focus peaking?

Feel free to leave your two cents in the comments.  What are your thoughts on focus peaking?

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