Last edited by ziploc; 25th April 2011 at 11:47 PM.
Image from: http://explorehimalyas.com/wp-conten...l_mountain.jpg
*this picture is to illustrate the kind of scenery I want to take, and is not shot by me*
In this scenario, how would you advice me to shoot this image? Normally what I will be doing is focus at f8 at the trees then recompose again (if needed), but many times my background will be alittle off focus. Am I doing anything wrong?
To shoot something similar to the example above, here are the steps I would take:
- Choose a focal length that can cover the composition.
- Choose an adequte f-stop, working down from f/16 to f/8 depending on available light and the desired DOF coverage. If the shutter speed drops below the 1/(focal length) rule of thumb, use a tripod + shutter string/timer.
- Lookup the hyperfocal distance for the selected focal length and f-stop, using either DOF or hyperfocal chart, or hand phone app.
- Manually turn the focusing ring on my lens to the hyperfocal distance with the aid of the distance scale. If the lens has no distance scale, focus on an object with an estimated distance slightly further away from the hyperfocal distance (you will lose some near DOF but will ensure the far DOF is beyond infinity).
- Take the shot.
Last edited by ziploc; 26th April 2011 at 03:39 PM.
http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html, my Hyperfocal distance is 0.67 m. So does this mean that I "measure"/guesstimate this ~67cm (prob I will end up with 1m) from the point which I'm standing?
After reading through this thread I finally understand hyperfocal distance. Thanks guys.