How to focus a camera: set your AF mode, stay sharp and when to use manual

    | Photography for Beginners | 05/11/2013 00:01am

    Maximise depth of field with hyperfocal focusing

    Maximise depth of field with hyperfocal focusing

    Landscape photography usually requires the precision offered by manual focusing. Although only one point will be truly sharply focused, you can increase the depth of field by using smaller apertures and what’s called hyperfocal focusing.

    This technique involves manually focusing at the hyperfocal distance, a point at which maximises the amount of front-to-back sharpness in a scene. Having a lens with a built-in distance scale helps.

    SEE MORE: What is hyperfocal distance? Download our free cheat sheet

    Calculate hyperfocal distance

    Using Live View or the viewfinder, everything will appear blurred, so use your camera’s depth-of-field preview button to show what will be sharp in the image.

    PAGE 1: Common questions on how to focus a camera
    PAGE 2: How to focus with Live View
    PAGE 3: Maximise depth of field with hyperfocal focusing


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    Posted on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography for Beginners.

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