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02. Photography Tutorial: Change This Setting on Your Camera NOW!

Get instant feedback from your camera on where focus fell in your image. The how-to is below. Or, register for your free photography journey here if you can’t see the article below.

Consistently good focus in my photography is something I’m always working on.

When I take photos, I look at the back of my camera for feedback on focus as well as exposure.  Some (rude) people call this chimping.

Of course, you have to zoom way in to verify that focus is good on the camera display.  And you never really know until you see the photo on your computer, right?  So getting this feedback on your focus is a time consuming process.

But after all these years, I just learned that my camera will show on the display exactly where the focus point was.  How cool is that?  No need to zoom in.  If you intended to focus on an eye, but instead focused on the forehead, you’re going to see this right away because there will be a red box or dot on the forehead.

In the photo above, do you see the red box just to the right of the arrow?  That is my camera telling me exactly where focus was achieved.  (Of course, it doesn’t look sharp on a phone photo of a camera display, but the doll food under that red dot is actually quite sharp.)

Do you want to set up AF Point Display on your camera?  Here’s what it looks like on the Canon 7D menu:

And below is the Canon 5D Mark ii menu.

This feature is available on the Canon 60D also, so I suspect that it might be a standard dSLR feature.   You would find it under one of your Playback menus.  Look for AF Point Display.

Nikon shooters, is this available on your cameras?  I would love to know how to set it, if so.  I did a quick google search and looked through the manual for the Nikon D300 but didn’t see anything like it.  I’m sure I’m just not using the right search terms – its’s probably called something different.

Thanks to my friend Lindsay at Sunflare Photography for teaching me this awesome camera setting.[/show_if]


02. Photography Tutorial: Change This Setting on Your Camera NOW! was last modified: June 25th, 2015 by Erin Peloquin


  1. Stacy
    Posted on January 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I’m not finding that option on my Rebel xsi.

    Thank you for such an informative blog. I have really enjoyed following you the last few months.

    • Crysta
      Posted on February 9, 2012 at 12:15 am

      Stacy, I also have looked for this option on my XSI and am unable to find it. If ANYONE can confirm or deny that this model has this feature, it would be great!!!
      Thank ya,

    • Sarah Mueller
      Posted on August 7, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Oh thank-you for this reminder. It is available on the Canon 70D, I just had to “enable”.

  2. Leslie
    Posted on January 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I don’t see the red box when I have my display AF enabled? Should I be seeing this in the preview and/or the playback of the picture?

  3. Lori
    Posted on January 26, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I shoot with a Nikon D90 and I couldn’t find this setting in my manual. I will be interested to see if anyone can find it–I’d LOVE to have this feature!

    • paula.thequilter Says :
      Posted on January 27, 2012 at 10:55 am

      I have a Nikon D60 and it is in the playback mode. You will see it as AF-area mode. HTH.

    • Jody Mahoney
      Posted on January 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      I, too, have a Nikon D90 and would be very interested to find this feature. Thanks, anyone!

      • mary
        Posted on February 4, 2013 at 10:55 am

        the D90 does not include focus point..D7000 does have this feature.

    • charlotte wilson Says :
      Posted on February 17, 2012 at 10:01 am


      I also have a D90. Did you ever get your answer about the focus setting?

      All the best,


      • stef Says :
        Posted on April 14, 2012 at 7:22 am

        I have the Nikon D90, went to the playback menu, looked under display mode and there is no option for focus point box 🙁

        • Tanya
          Posted on January 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm

          Stef….There isn’t an option for focus point box because if you look through your lens, you will se that is already there! I love this feature. Sometimes, you have to focus and recompose, depending on what setting you have. Try NOT to use autofocus and fool around with either of the PSAM settings.

  4. Angie L
    Posted on January 26, 2012 at 9:27 am

    My Canon 50D has this as well. I’m so glad you mentioned it. There will be several times when this is going to be very handy! Mine is certainly enabled now! Thanks! 🙂

    • jackie
      Posted on January 17, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      I have a Canon 50D as well and have it enabled but have noticed that the red point doesn’t always appear. Do you have this issue? I shoot in Manual.


      • mary
        Posted on February 4, 2013 at 11:00 am

        I have a similar problem with the D7000 but I shoot wildlife alot so I have my focus in “release” mode therefore it does not always focus and therefore it will not show up on display with a red box. Its the curse I live with in order to get a fast moving birds in the bush! Perhaps you have your 50D in release mode..if so switch to focus.

        • jackie
          Posted on February 8, 2013 at 9:52 am

          It doesn’t seem to work when I have the camera set to BBF.

      • Tami
        Posted on February 8, 2015 at 2:36 am

        I have a Canon 50D as well, ladies. If you focus and recompose, this dot will always show in the center of your photo when viewing afterward. And I generally (95% of the time) use my center focus point on my subject, then recompose…and that little red dot is smack dab in the middle of all my pictures. So, if you shoot this way too, it’s really of no benefit.

  5. Janice Kenyon Says :
    Posted on January 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Thanks for the tip. My husband is the photographer and I assist in the studio, but I’m hoping spend more time behind the camera. I’ll look for the setting on the Canon 5D and try it out.

  6. Leslie
    Posted on January 26, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I have a canon…I can see this feature when shooting in AUTO…but not manual.

  7. melissa
    Posted on January 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I have a Nikon D7000 and the option is on the playback menu under display mode. Under basic photo info, check the focus point box! Thanks for the tip – this will be very helpful!!

  8. Jana Says :
    Posted on January 26, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I have the Canon Rebel xsi and I can’t find this setting on my camera either? I did a search and haven’t come up with anything either?

  9. Malissa
    Posted on January 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Found it on my nikon d7000! Go to playback menu, then, display mode, then, put a check mark next to focus point. Thanks for sharing this info!

  10. Nancy Says :
    Posted on January 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I couldn’t find this in my d700’s menu or my David Busch book. I seem to remember seeing this option after my pictures are loaded onto my PC in my nikon transfer. Would also love to know if anyone has the answer.

  11. DeniseAck Says :
    Posted on January 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Waaa. Not available on Canon T1i. My menu doesn’t show the top 2 choices (highlight alert, AF point display), only the bottom 3. 🙁

    • bdaiss Says :
      Posted on January 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Boo hiss! I WISH the T1 had this! I wouldn’t call it cheating at all. It’s making the most of technology! : )

  12. Pam
    Posted on January 26, 2012 at 10:40 am

    AWESOME! Literally just said (out loud!) “Oh my gosh!”

    Thanks for the tip – it’s a game changer~

  13. Jessica
    Posted on January 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Found it on both my 7D and 50D… going to look at my rebel later. Great feature… going to come in handy!

  14. LeeAnn Says :
    Posted on January 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Don’t have that on the Nikon D3100. Adding yet another reason to upgrade to the D7000! 🙂

  15. Marisa
    Posted on January 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Holy cow! I swear, I read my 7D manual and somehow overlooked this. This is a GREAT tip. Royal Family fan and awesome camera tips…how could I not love this blog?! 🙂

    • Erin Says :
      Posted on January 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      We must be kindred spirits, Marisa! Nice to meet you!

  16. Alexia
    Posted on January 26, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Use it all the time on my Canon 60D, so helpful!

    • Kim
      Posted on January 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

      I have mine enabled on my 60 D, but when I preview my photos it isn’t showing up. Is there an extra step that I’m missing?

      • Leslie
        Posted on January 27, 2012 at 11:46 am

        I can’t seem to see them when I preview either…only when I’m using “auto” which kinda defeats the purpose. Changed lens thinking that might be the issue. Didn’t solve anything.

  17. Barbara
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this tip. It was enabled on my 50D, apparently, but I was unaware of what it was telling me. Went back and looked at recent photos and saw exactly why some of them weren’t in sharp focus.

    This will be a great help for my future shots.

  18. Deb
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Love the tips and info from you, Erin! Thank you. If anyone can find this on the Canon Rebel T2i menu, please share! Thanks!

  19. Lisa
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for the info, but unfortunately it is available on the Canon Rebel T2i….bummer!

  20. Lindsay m
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Erin, so glad I stumbled upon this one….and so glad that so many other people can get great use of it too!!

  21. Tammy Says :
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I have a NikonD40 and I have AF- Area Mode with 3 options; Closest Subject, Dynamic Area, and Single Area. Is this what I am looking for? If so, which do I choose?

    • Erin Says :
      Posted on January 27, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Tammy, that controls how your camera chooses a focal point. That’s not what you’re looking for, unfortunately.

    • Camille Duckworth Says :
      Posted on January 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Tammy, sadly it’s not on the D40

  22. dawn
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Looked on Nikon D5000 but didn’t see anything. However, I will continue to look for it! Thanks!

  23. Kristen
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I have a Nikon D90 and I don’t have this option available either : (

  24. Natasha S Says :
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I can’t find this on my 5100 but if someone else does I would love to know where it is!

  25. Belinda
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I have the Nikon D90 & I wasn’t able to find it on my camera.

  26. Bobbi Jo Says :
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Will enable this first thing when my D7000 gets here next week 🙂 Thank you!

  27. Gina Says :
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Erin- I know that it’s not available on my T3i- however when looking through the viewfinder- the AF point activation indicator will show it when depressing the shutter while obtaining focus. I’m sure your’s does this too. Some or all of the little boxes flash red to show where the focus is before I even finish pressing the button. Which is good since it doesn’t give me the option to see it like your’s does after the fact.

  28. Susan Says :
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Sooooooooo nice to know others struggle with focus! I have this enabled and still have to work at focus, especially in groups. Thanks for the tip.
    Erin- just finished your “Ready, Set, Actions” Cracked up at how funny you are– and it was a wonderful tutorial.

  29. Cathy D.
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I use this all the time! I shoot with a Nikon D300. To set it, go to the Playback menu (first menu: icon is a right pointing arrow head). Scroll to “Display mode” Under Basic photo info turn “Focus Point” on. Hope this helps!

    • Allison H
      Posted on January 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you! I was scrolling down the comments hoping to find someone with the d300 as well 🙂

      • Kimberly K
        Posted on January 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm

        Thanks Cathy! I use the D300 as well. Looking forward to using this feature 🙂

  30. Melissa Mertz Says :
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Are there seriously two other Melissa’s with Nikon D7000’s??! That’s my camera as well. Too funny!

    Thanks for sharing where to find this feature. Can’t wait to get home and turn it on.

    • Malissa
      Posted on January 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Yes, it is definitely funny!!! lol When I posted on here, I didn’t see the other Melissa because I was on my phone, but when I made it to my laptop, I saw her and thought it was funny, now here we are with 3 Melissas with a D7000- love mine!

  31. Kenna
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Found it on the Nikon D700. Just like a previous poster said – go to menu, playback menu, display mode, and click on the focus box. Great information – thanks so much for sharing!!

  32. Deena Says :
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

    WOW Thank you for this awesome tip!! I was always zooming way in to be sure I nailed it, this will save me lots of time! Worked on my 40D, shooting manual. 🙂

  33. Kristen
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I have a D90 and I can’t find that option : (

  34. Melissa Mertz Says :
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I love mine too. The only thing I’m disappointed with is the somewhat “mushy” shutter button. Often when I’m trying to set the focus, in anticipation of taking a shot, it actually goes down all the way and takes the shot when I haven’t finished framing yet. I’ve read others online have the same complaint. Have you experienced that?

    • Malissa
      Posted on January 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      I haven’t experienced that and I’ve had my D7000 for about 9 months now.

  35. Donya
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Thank you for this! I am absolutely going to utilize this feature now that I know about it!

  36. Heidi
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Thanks Melissa/Malissa I found it on my d7000. Anxious to work with the new setting. 🙂

  37. Staci Brock Says :
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    The Nikon D200 has this in playback, one of the options (tile, histograms etc.), use the large, “turnwheel” button press down to go to that option when your images are in playback mode.

  38. traceyhooping Says :
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm


  39. Robyn Brown
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    My nikon d5000 doesn’t have it. Seriously considering upgrade. 🙁

  40. Jennifer
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    It worked on my Canon 40D! Woohoo! THANK YOU for sharing this awesome tip! I’ve read my manual up and down, I guess I missed that part!

    • Erin Says :
      Posted on January 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      You know, I’ve read my manual too. I think a lot of us have. It’s just hard to figure out what they’re saying sometimes…. Perhaps I should write up a manual “translation” one of these days.

  41. Nichole
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Ok maybe I am not getting it…can you get this to work if you have it set to the center point always and you focus and recompose? When I do it, it just shows the center block as being the focus point even if the focus actually is to the left or right. Btw this is on the Canon 60D. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!

    • Erin Says :
      Posted on January 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Nichole, that’s a good point. When you focus and recompose you are focusing first. Focus is achieved in the center and that’s what your display will show you.

  42. Char Says :
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    AMAZING!! I was just parusing all the settings on my 5D to see if I wanted to change anything and I saw that. Wasnt sure what it was, was gonna grab my manual and lookie here!!! Now I know! Thanks!! 🙂

  43. Maureen
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    No luck finding thid on the Nikon D5000. Still poking around..

  44. rattimoth Says :
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    not available in any way shape or form on the 55d/t2i :<:<

  45. Masher Says :
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Yup, got this on my 40D. Nice tip. Thanks

  46. Leslie Maxwell
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    FINALLY…had success on my 5D….I was using the back focus button and it wouldn’t work. However, using the AF button and it does! Not sure the reasoning but at least I know I can use it.

    • Letty Says :
      Posted on February 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Leslie, I have a 5D also. Can you share how/where you found it? Thanks!

      • Angela Says :
        Posted on February 16, 2012 at 9:13 am

        It’s not working on my 5d. I use the AF-ON button on the back for focusing. Should it work with that or will I have to use the shutter button to focus?

        • Erin Says :
          Posted on February 16, 2012 at 3:08 pm

          It will work Angela, at least if your 5D is a Mark II – I don’t know for sure about the other 5Ds. If it’s a 5DMII, you have another setting somewhere that is preventing it right now. Look for my post tomorrow about settings on my 5DII.

        • Lam-Son
          Posted on June 1, 2012 at 1:49 am

          Angela, if you hold down AF-ON button at the same time as you press the shutter button, then the red dot will show up. If you release the AF-ON button prior to pressing shutter, then the red dot will not appear because technically AutoFocus is not engaged.

          • Courtney Says :
            Posted on February 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm

            Thanks so much Lam-Son! I was having this same issue. My question now is that if I am recomposing since I am still in the same plane my focus will be where I origionally focused before I recomposed right? Does that even make sense?! Thanks again!

  47. Anna
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I found it on the Nikon D300S. In the PLAYBACK MENU go to DISPLAY MODE and highlight FOCUS POINT then click it to get the check mark in the box to the left. Then go up DONE and click OK.

    Thanks so much for sharing this tip!

    • Kelly
      Posted on February 21, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks – I found it and it works thanks to you! I had forgotten to go up to DONE and hit OK after, but now I got it. 🙂

      • Erin Says :
        Posted on February 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm

        Not uncommon on Nikons to forget the DONE. My friend and I did the same on his camera!

        • Emily
          Posted on February 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm

          Could not figure out what I was doing wrong on the Nikon D600…DONE!!! Thanks!

  48. Zanne
    Posted on January 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I have a Nikon Coolpix 5700 & you can does this. When viewing your pictures in full screen mode just rotate your command dial. It shows you all kinds of info on your picture.

  49. chris
    Posted on January 28, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Thank you, thank you for sharing this wonderful tip. This will save me some time for sure. I don’t think checking the screen is cheating, I do it to see if I got it and move onto the next thing. This will just speed things up, knowing my focus is in the right place:) And, so glad I have it on my 40D!!! Have a great weekend.

    • nicole
      Posted on February 21, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Rats! Chris, I can’t seem to find it on my D40. Could you help a gal out?

  50. Dale Herman Says :
    Posted on January 28, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I also have a Canon 7D, but I do not get these same results. I have many, many photographs that yes, it does show a red dot where the camera says it’s focused, but when actually viewing the photos the sharpest part is NOT where the dot is, but elsewhere in the photo. I have had it serviced at Canon’s repair facility twice, and it is still no different. In fact, on some photos, it shows the focus point on the far right hand side of the photo, but the actual focus point is on the far left side of the photo?!? I shoot a lot of sports and it is very frustration to focus on something then have the camera focus where it wants rather than where I’m telling it to focus. The 7D is great at being able to adjust where the camera is to focus on any given shot, but I just don’t see it actually performing up to advertised expectations.

    • Erin Says :
      Posted on January 28, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Dale, could this be because your subject is moving between the time focus is set and the time the shutter is released? What does Canon say about it? I never did much action photography with my 7d.

  51. Tina
    Posted on January 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I’ve also got a 7D. Somethings seems not right though. I’ve got my metering mode on One Shot, meter off my subject and while holding down my shutter button halfway I’ll recompose. My red box ALWAYS stays in the middle even though something way to the side is actually in focus. Not sure what’s going on here.

    • Erin Says :
      Posted on January 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm

      Yes, this doesn’t work when you recompose. Focus is being achieved in the center as far as your camera know when you focus and recompose.

  52. Anita
    Posted on January 28, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Bummer, my t3i doesn’t seem to have it. Love your site!

  53. Terry Granger Says :
    Posted on January 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Yes! It’s there on my Nikon D3s under the playback menu, display mode. Well done ladies for finding it on the Nikon.

  54. Heidi Campany Says :
    Posted on January 31, 2012 at 9:43 am

    On the Nikon 700 >playback menu>display mode> check focus point. then click “done”.

  55. kim Says :
    Posted on February 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    found it on my Nikon d7000! yay! thanks so much!

  56. Susan Says :
    Posted on February 5, 2012 at 2:32 am

    This is the best tip ever! I just upgraded to the Canon 7D and when I took some pictures with my 50mm lens, I was noticing that it wasn’t as tack sharp where I wanted it to be (on the face) as I thought it should be, or usually is. I have had issues before with my rebel. I was sure I was focusing in the right place. Now that I have turned that function on, I was able to see exactly where I focused in some pictures and view it on my computer at the same time and confirm that indeed the lens is having focusing issues. I’m so relieved. At least to know where the problem lies. Now, to have it fixed is another issue.

  57. Marie
    Posted on February 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Holy cow. THANK YOU!!! You and your blog rock!!

  58. Tara
    Posted on February 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Hmmm. I have the D7000 and I have focus box enabled, but when I playback on my screen, I dont have any red point/box… it should be there when Im reviewing them on my screen?

  59. Tara
    Posted on February 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Got it!! Nevermind 🙂

  60. Tracy Says :
    Posted on February 16, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I couldn’t find this on my Nikon D90 but wish it had this feature.

  61. Natalie
    Posted on February 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I made sure the AF Point Display was “enabled” but I am still not seeing the red square on my photos when I play back – I am shooting a Canon 60D!

    • Erin Says :
      Posted on February 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      If you’re shooting BBF, you have to keep the button pushed down while shooting.

  62. bobbie
    Posted on March 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    i am still struggling to understand this ..can anyone please help me..i dont see any red dot..i have enabled it in settings…i am back button focusing on 7D shooting in manual and raw… from the directions it sounds like you see if in the playback/review of the photo right? but i dont see it… can someone please explain what to do thanks so much

  63. bobbie
    Posted on March 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    ahhh..just saw the last comment on holding on bbf button while shooting and now see it..wowie..thanks..

    not my next issue is wondering how do you switch from bbf to the button on top of camera … can you only have it set to do one or the other or can you easily switch back from bbf to the reg button? wondering how to do that..can someone help

  64. Ronda
    Posted on April 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I have a Canon 60D and will be enabling this setting as soon as I get home. B/C its seems no matter how careful I am, with the AF pointed right at the eyes, it still comes out blurry at times. I have high hopes for this setting 🙂 Thx so much!!

  65. Sandy Boeshart
    Posted on April 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I have a Nikon D5100 and it has it under AF-area mode. Love my camera!!

  66. gail Says :
    Posted on May 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    nikon d700
    playback menu, display mode, basic photo info, focus point, set

  67. Karen White
    Posted on May 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Despite another commenter saying her Nikon D60 has this feature I cannot find it on mine. A shame as it would be so useful. But I’m happy to know it is on the D7000 which I hope to upgrade to soon.

  68. Karen
    Posted on June 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I just found this on my 5DMKIII, and I’m so excited! Its not in the same location as the 5DMKII, but it wasn’t too hard to find. Thanks for your suggestions and help! You’re a life saver.

  69. Aino
    Posted on June 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Hi – this is funny – I just noticed this same thing only yesterday!! It is very useful when you change the focus point.
    It doesn’t work, obviously, if you use the middle point to focus and then recompose.

    I do have this option on my Nikon D800, but my D90 does not have the option as was already mentioned.

  70. Vera
    Posted on June 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I found the AF point display option on my 5dm2, but I’m not sure that it is intended to show where the focus actually fell. I think it’s intended to show you which focus point you used. I use the center focus point only and I focus and recompose. Every photo shows the center of the photo has the red dot. I never set my focus to the center of the photo.

    Perhaps, the AF point display is only to show you which focus point you are using?

    • Erin Says :
      Posted on June 22, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Hi Vera. As the comments above say, this doesn’t work for focus/recompose. The focal point is only ever the center in that case.

  71. Jackie S Says :
    Posted on July 13, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    ok… I am playing catch up here. It’s Friday, July 13 and I just flagged the focus point on the Nikon D7000.

    Oh, and I did forget to click “Done” 2 times. Each time I take a picture I didn’t see the red little box. So, I went back and was cracking up when I noticed… DONE! LOL!!!

  72. Jackie S Says :
    Posted on July 13, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    oops typo! took a picture

  73. Dawn Lenz
    Posted on October 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    found it on Nikon D800 Playback Menu > Playback Display Options > Under Basic Photo info > click the Focus Point box. Scroll up and select Done. Thank you!!

  74. Nicole
    Posted on November 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I have a Nikon D80 and this was under my custom setting menu. Thanks

  75. Henry
    Posted on November 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    On my D7000, it does not show where the point of focus IS. It only shows which point you chose. I was excited when I first saw this as I was going to use it to fine tune my lenses. However that won’t work now.
    Is this correct?

    • Erin Says :
      Posted on November 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Henry, the value of this is that is shows where your focus fell in relation to what you thought you were focusing on. Not sure how you were planning on using it with your lenses, but I think there are other ways to do that.

  76. Henry
    Posted on November 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Actually, all it does is show you where you had your focus point (the red square) WHEN you took the shot. I originally thought it showed you the ACTUAL point that is most in focus, which would be significantly more helpful.

  77. Kasey
    Posted on November 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. I had no idea my camera would do this! And thanks for other commenters who told me how to set this on my Nikon D700!

  78. Rob
    Posted on November 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    For those using a Sony Nex camera, there’s an option under Setup/Peaking Level to set an outline of those parts in focus. You have the options of high, mid, low and off. You can also set the peaking color.

  79. sharon
    Posted on December 9, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Can I do this on my Nikon D40 and if so where do I find the settings?

  80. Trenna Sonnenschein
    Posted on January 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    This is a wonderful tip! I’ll use it all the time! Thanks so much!

  81. Jennifer N.
    Posted on February 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I love reading your blog! So informative. You are AWESOME. Please keep blogging!!!

    • Erin Says :
      Posted on February 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! That made my day!

  82. Tim Crapnell
    Posted on February 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I feel most of this post is rather misleading. This feature does not show you what was in focus. It shows you which focus point you were using (or in live view it shows where the focus rectangle was). If you think about it for a moment – how could it draw one square around what was in focus? On most photos there will be many points in focus if they are all the same distance from the camera. If you use a “focus then compose” method of shooting then the feature does not have much value but if using a tripod it has its uses.

    To see the feature working clearly try this experiment. Focus on a distant object. Keep the shutter held half down and recompose so the focus point is on a near object but so you can see the distant area in the corner). Take the shot without allowing the camera to refocus. Now inspect the picture. The distant area will be in focus but the red square will be on the near area.

    Incidentally this feature can also be turned on in some software such as canons zoombrowser. Also it does not of course work when using manual focus because you are not using any focus points.

    It seems that Canon are happy to keep taking Dale’s mony to service a camera that is probably working fine. Dale would be better advised to learn how to use the focus modes correctly and also NOT use the modes which allow the 7D to decide what to focus on.

    • Erin Says :
      Posted on February 20, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Hi Tim. Great idea for an experiment. As has been discussed in this long stream of comments, you are right – this method doesn’t give you useful info if you focus and recompose. However, if you don’t, the red box provides very valuable feedback on your photo. And I say that, completely understanding that it’s not a guarantee of perfect focus. I wish the info were available in Lightroom in addition to zoombrowser. I actually researched whether LR could pull the info from the metadata – it appears that it could if Adobe wanted to implement that feature, but it hasn’t yet. Seems like you are assuming a lot about Dave. One, that he paid to have his camera serviced, and two, that his problem is user error. I don’t mind you accusing me of being misleading (I don’t think anyone else that’s read this article would agree), but I do require people who comment on my blog to be polite to each other. Thank you.

  83. Beth
    Posted on March 4, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I was really excited about this (I have a 60D) so I turned on the setting as you showed, BUT the red box shows up in the center of ALL my photos (even if I focused in another area OTHER than the center.) So apparently this isn’t working for me. Am I missing something??

  84. Beth
    Posted on March 4, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Upon further experimentation it DOES work IF I have used a different focus point, but if I use the center point and recompose (using one shot focus method) even though the camera has focused in the spot off to the side I told it to, the red box shows up in the center of the photo.

  85. Nicole
    Posted on March 4, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I just enabled the setting on my 60d, however I am not seeing a red dot even when I use my camera in manual modes. What am I doing wrong?

  86. Rebecca
    Posted on March 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Neat feature…. Just wish it worked when I held a focus, the recomposed the shot. It only shows WHICH point you use, not which point in the picture is in focus…

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  88. Suzanne
    Posted on April 4, 2013 at 1:46 am

    That is the best tip I have read anywhere to date! Thank you! Focus drives me nuts at times. I always aim to focus on the eyes but miss quite often and it’s driven me nuts. This will help so much!

  89. Jennifer
    Posted on April 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I have the Rebel T4i. I can not find it on here….

  90. ativan Says :
    Posted on April 21, 2013 at 4:57 am

    The report features confirmed useful to us. It’s extremely informative and you’re clearly really knowledgeable in this region. You have opened up my face in order to different thoughts about this specific matter along with intriguing and sound content material.

  91. Tim
    Posted on May 31, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    I believe there are two issues, one is choosing the focus point, the other is reviewing where the focus point was when the shot was taken.
    You cannot choose a focus point on many of the auto functions, only on the more creative functions Av, Tv etc
    To choose a focus location on my 60D I use the top right button on the back used for zooming in on pictures, it has a rectangular box with 4 dots inside above the button. Once you press it you have the ability to choose the focus point you want with the circular pad on the back, use the view finder not the LCD screen.
    To review the focus point turn the feature on as shown in the tutorial and look through your pictures. It is located in menu systems under one of the “blue” playback menus, it can also be accessed through the Q button on the back of the 60D while looking through photos.

  92. susan shea-bressette Says :
    Posted on June 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Hi, Found the AF point dips. and it is enabled, but i have multiple red squares and would like to just have the one. Please help. thanks, susan

  93. UCDgirl
    Posted on August 28, 2013 at 7:20 am

    What if you recompose? is it showing you the point you actually focused on or where your cameras focus points are when you recompose because the software for canon that shows where the focus point is, is not correct if you recompose your shot.

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  95. James
    Posted on June 5, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Most stupid advice in the history. Do you make your framing dependent on the position of the AF-points? Never heard or recomposing?
    A more interesting option for pixelpeeper is to set the setting that immediately zooms in to 100% at the AF-point position, which means that you get to see the region that you are interested in faster, even when you recompose.

  96. Sarah
    Posted on July 28, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I have a Canon t4i. Is this feature on this camera, by chance?

    • Erin Peloquin Says :
      Posted on July 30, 2014 at 8:50 am

      I don’t know – I’ve never used that camera. Your user manual will tell you.

  97. annelize
    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    How do I get my total photo in focus?

  98. Leo Mac
    Posted on December 31, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I have learned that focus lock is far more complex than the simplistic summary posted above, especially if you recompose shots.

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