Hyperfocal focusing is a must learn technique for those interested in street photography. It’s not as hard as it sounds and is actually quite intuitive once you understand the concept. To get started all you have to do is to determine the range at which your subject will most likely appear. The trick is to anticipate the action before you execute the shot.
Let’s say your subject is walking towards you and you want to take a photo of them when they are at least 3 meters away. To make sure that everything is in focus from 3 meters to infinity you place the 3 meters marker on the focus dial to the center dot. Then read off the aperture setting at the infinity mark and set the aperture to that setting. Press the shutter button and as long as the subject is within this range they will be in focus.
This opens up all sorts of possibilities as you can then have the camera away from your eye or even body. No longer worried about focusing on the subject new angles and perspectives can be experimented with. And because the camera is not held up to your eye you can also take pictures very discretely. Sometimes this enables you to move right up to the subject and take the shot.