Hey. What’s up, guys? Ted here from the A Team going over peaking. So peaking is a focus-assisting function that appears on most monitors. So, here on the V-Screen VS-3, to open up peaking all you gotta do is hit the menu button, head over to assist functions, go to peak and you have three different modes here. You’ve got high, low and highlight.
So, let’s start with high. So, the first thing you’ll notice when you turn on peaking is that colored lines will wrap anything that’s a sharp edge. These colored lines will show you exactly what’s in focus. So, you can see here, right now, I’ve got the front camera. There’s red lines around the ring showing that’s in focus on a sharp edge. And if I pull that focus back, you can see the lines disappear, but they reappear on this back camera. So, now this back camera is in focus. The point of peaking is that you no longer have to just eyeball your focus anymore. Now, you actually have a function that’s using real camera data to tell you if you’re in focus or not.
High and Low Settings
So, that now we know how peaking works, let’s go back to those three different settings. So, if we go to the menu, go to peaking, our first menu is high. So, if you’re peaking is set to high, that means that the function is looking for a very wide range of micro-contrast and details for it to outline. Now, in the contrast if you set your peaking too low, that means that your peaking is not using as wide of a range and it’s therefore only using very, very sharp details to be able to outline.
As a general rule of thumb you want to set your focus peaking to low, which means it’s using a low sensitivity , and it means that the range of micro-details and contrast that it’s looking for is much, much smaller. So, in general, low tends to be more precise. However, if you’re set to low and you’re having trouble seeing those lines, or maybe something looks like it should be in focus but those lines still haven’t appeared, try turning on high because it will widen the range of micro-contrast that’s it’s looking for. And it’ll be a little bit easier to see your focus.
Now, the last function of peaking is actually called highlight. Now, what you’re actually gonna find if you turn on the highlight, is that your image is actually gonna change to a little bit of a darker more contrasty image. Now, this is important because when an image is a little more contrasty, it’s actually easier to see the hard edges and lines. Sometimes, when you’re trying to pull focus and you have either a fuzzy texture or it’s a little bit bright, it can be difficult to find your edges. So, turning on highlight will basically just lower the brightness and increase your contrast, so it’s easier to be able to see your edges and pull focus manually.
Now, the last part of peaking is that you can actually change the color of the outlines that go on the edges of your picture. So, for instance, if I’m shooting in, say, a meadow that’s green, it would be pretty difficult to see a green line on my picture. So, if I hit menu, go to assistant functions and change peak color, I can change that line to any of four different colors. Now, I can change, say, red. So, if I’m in that green meadow, it’ll be really, really easy to see those lines.
So, there you go. That’s everything you need to know about peaking. If you have any questions or a tutorial that you wanna hear about, be sure to leave it in the comments below. Make sure to like our Facebook, subscribe to our YouTube and we’ll see you next time. Happy shooting.