Over the years, I’ve seen numerous articles in books, magazines and on the web, extolling the virtues of Hyperfocal distance setting for the best position to focus at if you want greatest depth of field that includes the far distance (infinity)
Well, I generally like my backgrounds sharp, and if you do, then you are shortchanging yourself with the hyperfocal technique.
Depth of focus lines used to be commonplace on a lens
I’ve examples, along with my preferred method in a longer article.
The real purpose of the article is to help people think a bit more about focusing, and what effect it has on your final image.
In general I now focus on the furthest part of the frame that I want fully sharp, and then stop down. I know it sounds all to simple, but I’ve links to some excellent descriptions that include the maths behind it, when it works and importantly why you might ignore it.
By all means try it for yourself and let me know what you think?
As you might expect, I’m happiest to hear views based on experiment, rather than calculation ;-)