I also encourage folks to try back button focus. After watching Steve Perry's video on the subject a couple of years ago, I went ahead and tried it. It took a little getting used to but now every camera I own is set up for BBF.
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Posted 08 April 2021 - 06:54 AM
Here's another vote for BBF.
I agree that at a minimum you should be shooting at 1/400, but I would suggest a faster shutter if you are also shooting moving subjects. You have plenty of room to speed things up. There is no reason to have an aperture that is f16 or f29, the depth of field is not anywhere near as critical as the shutter speed in these cases. What do you mean by max aperture? I am assuming that is as wide open as it gets since it is a variable aperture lens.
The first couple of shots are kind of flat toned. In my opinion that is because they were shot in direct afternoon sunlight mostly with colors are fairly flat in the frame. A bit of playing in post processing can add more pop to all of the images. Alternatively you could try some exposure compensation - I really think you should do this to get familiar with your camera. Experiment and see what works and what doesn't. Somewhere in there you will find what general settings you need that you can adapt to your situation. Doesn't mean you have to use specific settings all the time, just that you get a feel for your options and when you can use them to your advantage - like the shutter speed and aperture that we have mentioned already.