Near-Far Focus

How do you create landscape photographs where everything in the frame is in sharp focus? Ian Plant explains the basics behind the important topic of near-far focus

When photographing a landscape scene, where do you focus your lens? If you are photographing people or wildlife, the answer is usually simple: focus on your subject. But when shooting classic ‘near-far’ landscape compositions, the entire scene is the subject and, unlike with wildlife photography (where selective focus is typical), you want everything in the picture frame to be in sharp focus. But how do you do this? In my newest ebook, The Grand Landscape, I attempt to bring clarity to this important but confusing topic. When shooting landscape photos, it is critical that …

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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