Getting Sharper Images with your photography.
Getting Sharper Images
1. Focus in the right place
Make sure that you have the focus set to the most important part of your photo. When photographing people, choose the eyes as the spot to focus. If your subject is not a person choose the area in your view that is the most important part of your story.
2.Focus point - YOU chose where to focus
You need control over what you are shooting, so YOU choose your focus point instead of allowing the camera to choose it. To do this, set the camera to single point focusing. If your camera allows it, you can move the single focus point around in the view finder, as necessary to ensure the focus is just where you want it. It doesn’t have to stay in the centre, most photos tend to be more interesting when the subject is off centre.
3. Fast shutter speed.
Keeping a fast shutter speed will help keep your photos sharp. As a rule of thumb, keep your shutter speed at least the same as your focal length (i.e. focal length 100mm = 1/100 shutter speed. If you drop below these, without the use of a tripod you will get camera shake and will result in blurry photographs.
If you don’t feel comfortable working with your camera in full manual mode, set it to shutter priority to allow you to set your shutter speed as above, and the camera will work out the aperture you need to allow a good exposure of your chosen subject. This way you won’t accidently be shooting at too low a shutter speed.
4. Shallow depth of field
A shallow depth of field can give great artistic images, however it takes practice to shoot at open apertures like f/1.8. When first shooting at these apertures, you may think the photos are out of focus. In reality something in the photo is in focus— but it perhaps not the part you intended. Practice, practice and being specific about where you are focusing will help.
5. Don’t focus and recompose at wide apertures.
Whenever you are shooting at an aperture f/2.0 or wider and close to your subject DON’T lock in your focus and move the camera to recompose the shot. With such a wide aperture there isn’t any room for error, and you are quite likely when moving the camera to recompose the image, to slip into another plane of focus by moving slightly forward or backwards. You’ll get better results by moving your focus point in the camera’s view finder.
6. Good light is important
The camera needs good light in order for the AF to lock onto a good focus point focus. The more light you have the better. Make sure that the eyes are well lit on your people subjects (catch lights are a good way to judge this and make for a pleasing image)
7. Low ISO
ISO doesn’t really affect sharpness, but images shot at high ISOs often don’t look as sharp because of the noise/grain that high produced at high ISO. Keep your ISO as low as possible without sacrificing a good exposure.
8. Lenses you get what you pay for.
A nicer lens will generally give you sharper photos. Kit lenses (i.e. an 18-55 f/3.5-5.6) are made with inexpensive glass. Some exceptions are the Canon 50mm 1.8 and the Nikon 50mm 1.8. Both are sharp lenses with an inexpensive price tag. Generally with optics you get what you pay for. If you are unsure about the outlay, why not hire a good lens for a weekend and see how you feel about the results
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