Focusing in Landscapes
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09-01-12, 07:07 PM
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Hove, actually
I assume that that's a reflection on how steady you can handhold a camera?
If you want absolutely everything in focus, then you'll always have a problem depending on how close the nearest object is and how far away the most distant is. Even if you focus on the hyperfocal distance (which gives the maximum depth of field) you'll still lose sharpness in objects closer than half this distance away.
Is it possible to trade depth of field with image sharpness for your type of photography?
If you don't mind the inherent distortion and strange perspective, to maximise depth of field use the shortest focal length lens you can get your hands on, and approach as close as it needs to be. One good rule of thumb to remember is that every time you halve the focal length, you gain the equivalent of three stops of stopping down (25mm at f/2.8 gives about the same DOF as 50mm at f/8)
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