When you focus on your subject there is an area in front and behind the point of focus that is still sharp. Hyperfocal focusing allows you to maximise the area that appears in focus whilst keeping the horizon sharp.
Older manual focus lenses have a depth-of-field scale marked on the barrel which allows you to use this technique quickly and precisely. To do this, simply align the infinity symbol with the mark that corresponds to the aperture you have selected.
Newer autofocus lenses rarely display this scale. Instead, focus about a third of the way into your picture to maximise the area in focus.
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