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.