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Photography Tutorial: Get Sharp Focus From Front to Back

Frustrated by poor sharpness and focus in your photos? Learn how to use live view to get perfect focus and depth of field in every shot.

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Joshua Cripps is a full-time landscape photographer living near Yosemite National Park in California. His recent work can be seen in the worldwide marketing campaign for the Nikon D750.

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  1. Do you take the photo in LV mode? or will it be still the same when u go back to viewfinder?

    Also, why does it take much longer to open and close shutter in LV ? than in VF?

  2. Haha lovely dance! Great tutorial, Josh!

  3. Hey I found you LOL.  I canceled my last channel and made a new channel for photography, Hope you keep your videos coming, thanks.

  4. congratulations from Italy Joshua !!!!

  5. didnt even think about that live view focus, thanks

  6. Great intro!

  7. great tips, thanks!

  8. Thanks for your great videos Josh!  So…  The Sony mirrorless cameras do not have depth of field buttons and the displays are showing real-time visual changes of the ISO/Aperture settings; so us mirrorless users do not need to worry about DOF issues related to focusing?

  9. Joshua question when you say focus a 1/3 of the into your picture are you using the focuing points to accomplish this.

  10. Dude, 
    WTF? I have watched a lot of videos about photography on YouTube. But, this video is as clear as mud as I have ever seen one. Even God would get confused listening to you. I did not even finish watching it…

  11. Thanks for your tips!!!  Love your videos! This has helped me alot!  Question…. I am considered more beginner I suppose…. but I'm familiar with functions, etc. of the camera.  I'm still trying to get lenses down…. I have  Nikon D3200 and the lenses I have are a 50mm 1.8g, a 18-55mm f3.5-5.6, and a 55-200mm f4-5.6 .   I know these are considered more basic of lenses.  I am going to a beautiful beach town for a photography session at the end of this month.  I know it depends on what I'll be shooting, but for general landscape photography, which lense will be most beneficial to me?  I know with the 50mm I can get greater depth of field and it's wide angle… but it's not zoomable.  What do you think?  Thank you!

  12. Good lord, forgot that Depth of Field Preview Button existed, thanks!!

  13. Awesome intro ! :)

  14. FarryEntertainment

    You are making a "professional photography tips" video with overexposed video quality, terrible camera settings and bad typography… Why should I believe you?

  15. Breanna Doucette-Garr

    Such a casual opening remark. LOL

  16. Good tutorial but the water sound is really annoying

  17. TheUberSchattenjager

    A little late to the party as I just discovered your great channel.  Not sure if this the right place to field questions, but as burgeoning landscape photographer I was VERY frustrated after taking a long trek into the Alaskan mountains, using a tripod and 'seemingly' (via the camera display) getting the shots only to find out on the computer that every single one taken on the tripod had a wee bit of blur, ruining them.  Hand helds were fine.  I concluded, via peer input, that I needed to switch OFF the vibration control when on a tripod. (?)  My peer group largely consists of German Shepherds, none of whom could tell me why Vibration Control on a lens can induce blur on a tripod.  Help?  Next time I am on a dedicated photo mission of this scale, I will take my iPad along to see the images a bit larger to help fine tune things.

  18. This looks like a fun channel  .

  19. Trooper the Beagle

    Hi…great video…can you recommend an ultra wide angle zoom for FX format..(D750)…tokina only have 16- lens and I can get this pretty much from my 20mm prime…but the nikon is a little expensive and some of the third party lenses sometimes better optics….thx

  20. some good explanation but, those video shots were…. overexposed and there was too much background noise in the audio O.o

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