Tips on hyperfocal distance focusing (by photographer Chris Weston)

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  1. Be aware of focusing to hyeprfocal distance. This article is fascinating and exaplins why focusing to hyperfocal distance isnt always the best option. I cant post link but google this trenholm.org/hmmerk/DOFR.html

  2. So to get this right, your first object that you wanted to be in focus was 3ft away (the first stone) so knowing that if you selected a 6ft focus you will get pretty much half the hyperfocal distance (3ft) to infinity in focus (roughly obviously your chart says a little less as your sensor and camera differs to mine, is this correct? What’s the difference with just taking a picture at F22 would this do all that already? or is it a matter of a bigger aperture for a low light day?

  3. Subscribed, thank you for explaining this in such a succinct way. Great channel. Keep it up.

  4. thanks a lot for the info

  5. depends if your camera is fullframe or aps-c.
    

  6. get a view camera, n00b

  7. Really great video cheers! I have a question.

    Your subject was 6 feet away and when you looked at the chart it said that your camera would be in focus from 2` 6.5″. Is this measurement from the camera of from your object towards the camera?

    Paul

  8. Thanks for this video, Chris but I’m still not sure about hyperfocal distance. Could you show an example using a Nikon 14-24mm lens. BTW, where could I download the chart you were using in this vdo? Thanks again

  9. is there a chart for all the different leses or does one chart fit them all??

    petter

  10. sylvainnaessens

    sorry but here the hyperfocale isn’t 6 feets but 2 feet 11. And if you change your focus to 2 feets 11, you ll win 1/3 of focus distance front of the subject no?

  11. The advice about ignoring the approach of focusing 1/3 of the way into the scene is sound. It’s also worth remembering that the 1/3 rule only applies at small focal lengths. For most focal lengths the depth of field split is roughly 50-50.

  12. I’m very dubious about the advice with respect to the depth of field preview button. If you focus on the nearest point of sharpness with the depth of field preview button depressed you could lead to too distant objects being out of focus. The point is to correctly assign depth of field to both the foreground and background and not to focus on the closest possible point.

  13. Careful with Hyperfocal Distance focussing.

    It’s not that you’ll get ‘sharpness’ at 3ft to infinity but ACCEPTABLE sharpness. Look up the term Hyperfocal Distance on Wikipedia.

    This is important because until VERY recently I was making this mistake as well.

    Sharpness does taper off in both directions with Hyperfocal distance focussing, it’s a gradual thing.

    So, if your subject of importance is actually at 3ft, focusing at 6ft will render the 3ft subject slightly less in focus.

  14. i”m realy confuse for how do use hyperfocal distnace of my lens10-22
    i saw some of the video about this, but still need ask something.for example for lens canon wide angle 10-22 on apreture 16 ,for get max sharpenss ,should be turn the scale to somof the number (2.3.4.or…)if we trun scale to any right number (2.3.4.6….), how we can do focus on subject? because for get right focus also we need to trun the lens scale till get right focus, and then hyperfocal distance will be change ,

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  15. cwphotoworkshops

    Hi sharagim1 – thanks for your message. Yes, that lens is a good starting point for landscape photography. And the hyperfocal distance focussing technique will work with any focal length lens.

  16. great video, thanks for sharing at this place,
    i have canon ens 10-22 with my camera 7d,
    is this lens and camera ok for using landscape and this technik?
    thanks for your respons

  17. great video ..very helpful ..but where can i find this chart !!

  18. I love all your tutorials!

  19. cheers for that, lots of videos roughly explaining it but think yours explains how to use it best, been trying to use a iphone app, but it seem to be easier on a nice printed chart! thanks