How To Get Perfect Focus Every Time

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Some of the most interesting scenes are seascapes or landscapes that are tack sharp from right at your feet to the distant horizon. Here's how you can do it every time.

First of all you have to scout the scene when you have lots of time. Try to pick a convenient location so you can come back when the light is perfect.

You don't want to leave anything to chance so avoid autofocus, which may concentrate on the centre of the image and leave the foreground and background blurry.

To get perfect focus from foreground to the horizon you will need to know the hyperfocal focus distance for the lens that you are using. The best way to find out is to search on the internet for “hyperfocal” or Click here: DOF Master

For my Canon 5D I have entered my 17mm lens at f11 and the result is that if I focus the lens at 1m (3 feet) the scene will be in focus from .5m (1.5 feet) to infinity. All we need to do is use these settings for perfect focus every time.

Show up at the time for the best light. Put your camera on a tripod. Frame the scene and simply adjust the shutter speed for the correct exposure.

Try for scenes that are interesting from front to back. Superwide photos work especially well if you have lots of foreground and the horizon very near the top of the frame. With hyperfocal focusing the results are tack sharp every time.

Photo credits: Grant Hughes.

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August 10, 2016


GREAT info, Grant, thanks!

June 03, 2013


Congratulation'nice pics

May 24, 2013


Thank you, I had now idea about it. Useful! I will use it on my next landscape photos. Also I subscribed to your youtube chanel. Thank you for the tips.

May 23, 2013


Thanks for sharing, very interesting.

May 22, 2013


Thanks. You can also use this technique for DSLR video where there is usually no "auto follow focus". By setting the hyperfocal focus distance the entire frame can be in focus from the calculated nearest point to infinity, keeping your subject in focus as it moves through the frame.

May 22, 2013


Thanks for sharing. Very Useful. :)

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