Beginner’s Guide: Focusing Technique

Nothing destroys a photograph more than imperfect focus.  It cannot be corrected by software and in a large print the image will look worse: it is still my most common reason for deleting sports or wildlife images.  With landscape work, however, a basic understanding of the factors involved, now brings me focusing success nearly every time.  If only that applied to all the other factors!

The first thing to understand is that for every setting of the focus dial there is a plane of perfect focus containing all the objects that are the same distance from the lens.  Beyond and in front of that plane there is a...

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Mike Bell

Mike is a landscape photographer based in Perthshire, Scotland where his photographs have been used by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, Visit Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and local tourist associations.

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