Hyperfocal distance in landscape photography: How to calculate it and how it is best used


posted Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:00 AM EDT


Hyperfocal distance is a topic we have discussed before, but it never hurts to bring it up again as it can prove very useful, particularly for nature and landscape photographers. Photographer Brenda Petrella has published a new video focused -- pardon the pun -- on hyperfocal distance.

Hyperfocal distance can be a bit tricky to wrap your head around because there are so many variables at play. Basically, hyperfocal distance is the focusing distance which gives your photos the largest depth of field in which your image appears acceptably sharp. Right off the bat we run into a difficulty, acceptable sharpness. We need to understand depth of field and how it relates to aperture as well, which Petrella covers in the video below, before heading into how we can figure out hyperfocal distance for a given situation.

(Via Brenda Petrella Photography