A guide to depth of field, hyperfocal distance and focusing techniques
Pictures that are sharp from the foreground through to infinity, pinhole camera pictures that are slightly out of focus, pictures that display the “Orton” effect. Do landscape pictures need to have front-to-back sharpness any more? Mark Bauer explains all about DOF, diffraction and hyperfocal distance
Although it is not a 'rule' of landscape photography that pictures should be sharp from the foreground through to infinity, certainly it is a strong tendency, and I go so far as to say that the vast majority of landscape images exhibit this front-to-back sharpness.
In order to achieve this look, it is important to understand depth of field, and how to control it. The first thing we need to understand is that there is only one...
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