10 Top Tips For Sharper Photos

You don’t need a new camera

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  • Posture and grip: stand with your feet apart, lean against a solid object, hold the camera near you, hold the camera and lens with both hands.
  • Shutter speed: set the shutter speed to be faster than the length of the lens, so at least 1/200 for a 200 mm lens, and faster if possible.
  • Aperture: try using a slightly smaller aperture (big number) to give a bigger depth of field.
  • Stabilisation: if you are NOT using a tripod, try turning on the image stabilisation function.
  • Focus: use auto focus where possible, but try manual if the lens is hunting or if using a macro lens. Use one focus point. When shooting people or wildlife, focus on the eyes.
  • Tripod: ensure it is firm and level. Only extend the thin legs if required. Use a cable release or self timer function. Weigh it down if is windy.
  • Moving subjects: use a fast shutter speed. Use burst/high speed mode. Try panning the camera. Use servo/continuous focus.
  • Composition: be careful when taking shots where there are two people or objects, as you may focus on the background between them.
  • Post processing: check the image at 100% on your monitor. Use the sharpen function, especially on raw files, but don’t over do it.
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