VibrantMindDance wrote:I've recently realized I never really consider focusing when i'm shooting. I mean, obviously I take in the DOF relation to aperture and adjust accordingly, but I never really think about where i'm focusing within the photograph.
So today I started going through my arsenal of photobooks... and i am confused. One book said when i'm looking for max DOF and sharpness to focus in the bottom third of the photograph... another book went into the whole hyperfocal distance, which i've no idea how to achieve on my usual setup (i shoot mostly wide angle landscapes with my sigma 10-20 on my canon 40D)...
Generally I keep my aperture around f/16 - f/22 for landscapes and adjust shutter accordingly... but I do find that my furthest sharpness does not compare to many the incredible photographs I see from others.
VibrantMindDance wrote:Thanks everyone. So i shall break out the lenshoods and use them. And I shall not use the smallest aperture possible in a failing attempt to achieve max DOF.
Smaller aperture... lens hood. I'll try, and I'm sure I will be back. I certainly do love this place! It's like free schooling. =)
Thanks Bob for those links. That DOF calculator is pretty awesome. I get a bit confused about the nearest focus area though because sometimes my lens is right on top of the foreground i want to be in focus. For example at 10mm with the subject 15 feet away it's saying that the "near limit" is 3.36 ft.
Also, that photo posted of Trevors was shot with the same lens and body i'm using, and it was shot at 10mm, f/18 for .3 seconds... as for my shot, i'm not sure but I can almost be certain it was f/22, 10mm and some "whatever" shutter speed. I think he's probably got some sweet post processing secrets as well. I'm not that CS3 savvy.
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