Saturday, July 3, 2010

Cheat sheet: Hyperfocal Distance aka. Great Depth of Field

You have heard it, hyperfocal distance, great depth of field, deep depth of field, in short sharp photos from foreground to background. It is such a simple technique and I don't know the wise guy who made it sound so complicated, and even included computations, and terms such as circle of confusion, which made it even more confusing. Well, according to "How to Use Your Camera,
New York Institute of Photography, 2000 ... the hyperfocal distance setting ... is simply a fancy term that means the distance setting at any aperture that produces the greatest depth of field."

Lucky you! you don't have to know the whole thing because this cheat sheet series is made for those who want instant solutions. Just follow the formula I will give you.

Again, great DOF as how I want to call it is simply an effect that shows sharpness of scence from foreground to background, That's it! This techniques is best used when taking landscapes because in landscapes you want to show details. Great DOF is dependent on your aperture setting and a wide angle lens is best used when doing this effect, rarely does a telephoto is used for hyperfocal distance.  The formula is simple, all you need to do is to set your camera to either aperture priority or manual mode if you know how to do manual exposure then set your aperture to f/16 or higher number then shoot. This will give you a nice sharp foreground as long as your are not too close like 6 inches to your foreground.

 If you want to know more about depth of field you may search
The site features a lot of details and even calculators for you phone regarding DOF