The hyperfocal distance is measured from the focal plane, i.e. the location where your camera sensor or film is situated. Some cameras even have a symbol on top of the camera indicating where the film plane resides.
What lens are you using? If it has distance marks on it you can use those for hyperfocal shooting.
Note: a lens only has ONE hyperfocal distance at each aperture. The hyperfocaldistance is the distance to focus the lens at to achieve everything from a near point to infinity all in focus. If you focus on the near point, then you are not hyperfocal shooting. The hyperfocal is some distance between the closest in focus point and infinity and you can estimate that distance if your lens does not show feet markings.
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