Where to Focus Pt. 2
In Where To Focus pt1 we looked at images which have a definitive subject, now it's time to see where to focus when the whole image is the subject as with a landscape or in this case, seascape.
First you need to think the shot through. Start with setting up your auto focus. For a scene you need to choose a point within it to place the point of focus so select single point AF mode so you're in control not the camera.
For front to back sharpness you'll need a lot of depth of field so you'll need a small aperture. With a short lens which is often more appropriate for this type of image, you have a lot of depth of field to play with because different focal lengths have different depth of field characteristics. (see lenses change 3 things)
With a scene it's best to include some foreground in the composition to give the photo a sense of depth and it's important to know where to focus so your 'block' of depth of field is in the right place to get everything sharp.
Take a couple of test shots and take your time. Always check the image in your camera's LCD to make sure everything is sharp before you move on too.
After Masterclass in Photography I have a much greater understanding of my camera and the controls. I love working in manual mode over the semi auto modes now, even if it takes longer. Composition is still a major challenge, as well as lighting. Your course should come with a warning, as I now grovel around on the ground for the perfect shot! Not so easy to get up again at my age!