My story of how I became a full time landscape photographer, workshop teacher and instructor is probably very similar to others who have chosen this crazy path. As a single Mom for the majority of my life, and raising 2 boys I...Read more
Suzanne is a professional freelance photographer, workshop instructor, and writer, whose work regularly appears in Arizona Highways Magazine, as well as numerous national publications. Her images have been published by National Geographic, Outdoor P...
About Suzanne Mathia
Suzanne is a professional freelance photographer, workshop instructor, and writer, whose work regularly appears in Arizona Highways Magazine, as well as numerous national publications. Her images have been published by National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photographer and calendars and digital media for the Arizona Office of Tourism, Nature Conservancy, and Global Action Team and Smith SouthWestern. Her work is displayed in many corporate and private collections around the world. An Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom and Photoshop, Suzanne offers group and private classes for photographers seeking to get the best out of their images and to streamline their workflow and digital asset management systems. She teaches Landscape Photography and Digital Post Processing for Arizona Highways Photo Workshops as well as private small group and individual workshops. Suzanne was born and raised amidst the green rolling hills of the English countryside but is now completely at home surrounded by the arid desert and swirling sandstone of the Southwest. She finds Arizona a land of intense beauty and preposterous contradiction. Her photographs capture the diversity of waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, autumn leaves and desert sands, from the magnitude of the immense landscape to the smallest, most discreet of details. “The desert can be unforgiving of even the smallest errors, treating the unprepared harshly. But, for the few with passion, those who are willing to begin their trek at the end of the road, the secret world of the Southwest is revealed.” Suzanne loves to challenge the ruggedness of the land, the great distances to be traveled, and intense weather conditions to capture images of Arizona and the Southwest that expose its many treasures and extremes. Her images reflect her keen sense of curiosity, patience and the ability to see the world and its magic places in new and creative ways.
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ParticipantPosts: 1Focus technique for MF landscape work. . .on: July 26, 2019 at 2:22 pm
I use and teach hyperlocal focusing in the Landscape Photography workshops and this methods works for most cases. Finding the closest point that your camera can focus while still maintaining acceptably sharp focus to infinity. The only time I will resort to focus stacking is with macro (obviously) or if my closest object is closer than my lens capabilities. I have charts and apps and all sorts of methods for determining hyperlocal point but I usually just find the closest object and double that distance. The optimal focus point is always much closer than you would think.
Things in the far background of a landscape image should, in my opinion not be a tack sharp as the foreground. Acceptably sharp focus is not on acceptable but more natural and pleasing.
Of course the current apps and charts need a lot of updating with new cameras and sensors that’s why I have created by own. Still use the same mathematical formula but correct the COC (circle of confusion) for current cameras.