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Focusing & Depth of Field

Is it wise to focus a third in the scene and hope for the best or is it even wiser to employ the classic DOF technique and its rather confusing tables? Mike Bell analyses all focusing techniques and recommends the one that works best for him

Nothing destroys a photograph more than imperfect focus. Although it can result from a fault in the lens or camera, user error is much more common. Two errors can occur – either the lens is focused too close (or too far) or vital parts of the scene are not acceptably sharp due to too large an aperture (f/2.8) being chosen. Neither of these errors can be…

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 45 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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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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  1. Mike Bell

    Thanks to reader Howard who spotted a proof-reading error in my article. I gave two slightly different values for the standard figure used for circle of confusion – both should have read 0.033mm. Apologies for any confusion (circular or otherwise!).

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