How to lock focus in-studio once and just shoot?


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Dec 30, 2011
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So I typically lock focus once, then switch the button near the lens from Auto Focus to Manual, and then fire away shot after shot so I don't have to lock focus for every shot even if the subject moves slightly away from the Single-Servo focus point. Is this the norm?
Oh, my! That is way too much work! Way too complicated!

Unlike my original D750, the D810 has both an "AE-L/AF-L" and "AF-ON" button on the back. Is there a way to use the "AE-L/AF-L" to lock and hold focus, so that I can just fire away? (Menus only show a "lock and hold" for exposure with this button and not for focus. Hmmm.)

Just wondering if I'm doing this right, or (most likely) if there's a better way that I'm not doing when shooting in-studio. Maybe people in studio use a focus group instead of AF-S Single? I'm pretty sure I'm not doing it the ideal way.
Check out some instructional videos online about how to use back-button focusing.

Here's one, but I've watched several that are worse than no help at all.

Another one:

And another one:

Back button focus, I like it :)

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