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Quick Hyperfocal Distance Tutorial for Sharp Landscape Photographs

The concept of hyperfocal distance is used in landscape photography to achieve the greatest depth of field and acceptable sharpness for both near and far objects. In the two minute tutorial above, wildlife photographer Chris Weston walks through some hyperfocal distance focusing techniques. You can also find a couple informative tutorials at DOFMaster and Cambridge in Colour.


 
  • lloyd

    Photographers love to add more complexity to photography that there needs to be as people think photography is easy.

    silly photographers. find something that looks nice and take a photo.

    lets not get all maths on it JEEZ

  • lloyd

    Photographers love to add more complexity to photography that there needs to be as people think photography is easy.

    silly photographers. find something that looks nice and take a photo.

    lets not get all maths on it JEEZ

  • Cseu

    Yes i’ve been seduced a couple of years ago with the hyperfocal thing (i guess i’m a little nerdy)… i even made a program to calculate hyperfocal for all my lenses and the only thing i can say that hyperfocal is bullshit : theorics are always nice… (at least with my 16-35mm L at 16mm) all i got was a somewhat sharp / somewhat blurry picture with a tack sharp focusing point of about 2 meters from the lens… using hyperfocal at f/8 you don’t get tack sharp everywhere but just a couple of meters around the focusing point (which in this case is VERY near… and not very useful when doing landscape)… Of course when you don’t zoom in at 100% it looks fine but if you want tack sharp just focus on the interesting part of the picture and forget about formulas and maths…

  • tee

    @above, if your going to ignore the math behind photography, it will show, especially in today’s day and age.

  • lloyd

    nope.avi

  • Anonymous

    Calculating exposure compensation from bellows extension is the most math I’m willing to in photography. And since you’re shooting digitally (and very wide angle) as this guy is, you might as well just wing it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.greever Charles Greever

    There are plenty of DOF calculators for iPhone and Android phones. Just put your lens and body in and it will tell you DOF at whatever Av and focal length. It will also tell you the hyperfocal distance.

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  • Bernard Miller

    @lloyd. Hmmm, would be interesting to see some of his photos. I mean, personally I’d bet they’re probably pretty run of the mill if he can’t be bothered to take on a simple technique like this, but maybe he’s one of those untrained geniuses who’s just “got it” with his digital wundercam.