Hyperfocal Distance

Sharpness throughout the scene is often a desired effect in landscape and nature photography. To do this we need to know the hyprfocal distance... or do we?  There are many tricks to help come up with calculating the hyperfocal distance like focusing a third of the way into the scene. Apps for your phone, paper tables, rulers, and guides. So what do I use? None of this! When I compose a scene, I wish to have front to back sharpness, I make sure my aperture is set at f16 or f22. I then focus on the closest object in the scene. I note the distance measurement on my lens. This is usually in feet and or meters displayed through a little sight glass on the top of the lens. I take that measurement and I double it. For example:

The measurement of the closest object in the scene is 1.5 feet. I then manually focus my lens, noting the distance measurement on my lens, and focus my lens to 3 feet. With the right aperture selected this will give me good sharpness front to back. No need to calculate the hyperfocal distance. No need to get out your phone and calculate the numbers. No need for fumbling through charts. This method is quick and accurate so you can spend more time shooting.

This weeks image is a good example of using this tip. The boardwalk is in acceptable sharp focus as well as the distant clouds. Try it out and let me know how it works for you.