How to calculate hyperfocal distance: free photography cheat sheet

    | Landscape | Photography Tips | 08/02/2013 01:00am

    Setting up hyperfocal distances

    Setting up hyperfocal distances: step 1

    Make a note
    Enter details for camera type, focal length and aperture at the website and make a list of hyperfocal distances of all major zoom settings and apertures you want to use, which you can jot down and keep in your camera bag.


    Setting up hyperfocal distances: step 2

    Line it up
    Mount your camera on a tripod and set your required zoom length, switch to Av mode and dial in your chosen aperture. Line up the base measuring point of the laser measure with the focal plane marker on the camera body, not with the front of the lens.


    Setting up hyperfocal distances: step 3

    Measure and move
    Operate the laser measure to capture the distance to a convenient object. Move closer or further away from the object until the actual distance matches the hyperfocal distance for the zoom setting and aperture combination you’ve chosen.


    Setting up hyperfocal distances: step 4

    Lock it off
    Using Single Shot, centre-point autofocus, lightly press the shutter to achieve focus. Now switch the lens to Manual Focus mode and take care not to move the focus ring. It’s worth locking the zoom and focus rings with gaffa tape before moving the camera.

    PAGE 1: What is hyperfocal distance?
    PAGE 2: Setting up hyperfocal distances
    PAGE 3: Calculate hyperfocal distance with our free cheat sheet
    PAGE 4: Tips for sharper landscapes using hyperfocal distance


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    Posted on Friday, February 8th, 2013 at 1:00 am under Landscape, Photography Tips.

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