Focus points

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    I have the Canon Rebel XS and it has the option to choose from 7 focus points or to allow the camera to choose the focus points. The auto focus didn't always choose the correct subject and so I have been choosing my focus points manually for the last while. I have often wished that I could choose 2 or 3 focus points at a time, but of course the camera only lets you choose one manually.

    Case and point, today I was taking a photo of the dog pulling a kid in the pond. Cloudy but fairly bright day. Went for an ISO of 200, and a shutter speed of 100 per second and an aperture of 5.4. I put my focus point on the kid and than took another photo with the focus point on the dog. When I got home I had only one in focus, as I expected that I would... either it was only the kid or only the dog that was sharply in focus.

    I am thinking that to fix this I need to make my aperture narrower. However to do so, I need to decrease my shutter speed which is often not an option with the outdoor lighting or bump the ISO which increases the noise. I have ordered an external flash will allow me to be able to use higher shutter speeds and also narrower apertures, and still have good exposure. Please correct me if I am incorrect in anything I am saying or if you have tips for me on how to solve this issue.
     
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    When shooting moving objects and especially at an aperture of 4.5 or similar, use AI Servo instead of one shot. Use you center focus point as it is the most accurate.
     
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    I just typed this out for another thread, so it's not 100% applicable here, but most of it is.

     
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    The amount of shutter speed you need to stop motion depends on the angle the motion is to the plane of the image sensor.

    When the motion is parallel to the image sensor plane the most shutter speed is needed to stop motion.

    When the motion is perpendicular to the image sensor plane the least shutter speed is needed to stop motion.

    Motion on a diagonal to the image sensor plane falls between those 2 extremes.
     
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    Thanks. useful info
     
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    Why are you doing this? Get a manual camera.
     
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    KmH, do you teach classes? lol :)
     
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    I am not sure what you mean? My camera has manual mode, obviously, and I use that mode much of the time. Can you please explain what it is that you think I am doing wrong? I am open to suggestions to improve my technique.
     
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