Hyperfocal distance technique- would this work?

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Hyperfocal distance technique- would this work?
Feb 25, 2014

I heard about a hyperfocal distance technique that sounds amazingly simple. I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work. It would eliminate the need to consult charts, measure focus object distances, and choose an aperture that may be less than ideal.

Set up the DSLR and tripod in aperture priority mode and compose

Stand in front of camera within the field of view at the hyperfocal distance for an f/14 aperture. Ensure that the focus point will be on you and not some other object within the scene

Click the remote release once with the camera in mirror-up mode. Ensure that focus has been achieved by listening for the focus “beep”

Move away from the field of view

Click the remote release again and take the shot

Here are some caveats: Remote release required. The remote release would have to be wireless for longer focal lengths. The hyperfocal distance would have to be within both the remote release’s range and the audible focus beep range. Mirror-up mode required to prevent camera from refocusing once you move away from the field of view.

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